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Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program PhD/APA Accredited* Specialization in Counseling Psychology

The program has three major goals:
  • To train psychologists who specialize as counseling psychologists
  • To train counseling psychologists who are multiculturally-competent and are prepared to work as psychologists in an urban context.
  • To train psychological scientists who will contribute to and/or apply their scientific knowledge bases using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.


Stipends for teaching or research assistantships at or above 33% time include tuition remission. Stipend salaries vary according to type of assistantship (e.g. teaching, research) and type of student (doctoral, dissertator). For an academic year (9 month) appointment for 2012-13, stipends are $13,453 for 50% time assistantships and $8,879 for 33% time assistantships. The following table indicates the type of support given to each cohort of students for the 2012-13 academic year. Students are eligible for assistantships funded by the School of Education for three years; thus, after the 3rd year in the program, students are strongly encouraged to seek assistantships through faculty grants or off-campus sources.

Cohort Year
# Fellowship
# Assistantship
# Unfunded
1 0 5 1 0
2 1 3 0 0
3 1 5 0 1
4 1 2 1 0

*Committee on Accreditation
c/o Office of Program and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-226-5979

Stephen Wester

Associate Professor
Training Director

Counseling Psychology


Office Location

Enderis 753

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Jessica Brumm-Larson
Jessica Brumm-Larson
A Powerful Voice in Education

Jessica Brumm-Larson looked at a number of schools before choosing UWM and its urban education mission. "I was very impressed with the school's urban focus and its connections to the community. I worked for years in a summer camp for children with HIV and AIDS, and I knew I wanted to do counseling in leadership and empowerment with urban, low-income youths," she says.

Counseling Psychology Student Association (CPSA):

The Counseling Psychology Student Association was formed in 2005 for all doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program. CPSA exists to fulfill three basic functions for its members: 1) student advocacy 2) professional development 3) socialization/peer-to-peer mentorship. Members are very active, both in the program and at the national level (e.g., ACA, APA, APAGS). All students are encouraged to become members.

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