Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Minnesota seeks to fully understand the changing demographics in society, the increasing globalization of the world in which we live, and the need for both relevant research and mental health services to address these shifts. We respect and understand the value of cultural and individual diversity in society including, but not limited to, diversity related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. As a graduate training program, we are committed to promoting equity and diversity in the recruitment, retention, education, and professional development of Counseling Psychology faculty and students with the hope that they will work toward addressing the multicultural concerns of people around the world.

Pat Frazier, Counseling Psychology
Pat Frazier, PhD
Profile image Rich Lee
Rich Lee, PhD


The Counseling Psychology program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1952 (for more information please see accreditation). APA accreditation allows Counseling Psychology graduates to be eligible for the licensure exam (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)) upon completion of their degree, though licensure eligibility varies by state. As part of our APA accreditation process, we also provide information on student admissions, outcomes, and other data.


Students are expected to be actively involved in research throughout their graduate training, beginning with a first-year research project and culminating in an empirical dissertation.  Counseling Psychology faculty are engaged in a variety of research projects and work closely with graduate students, as well as undergraduate students, to develop independent and collaborative research. Please visit faculty lab websites to learn more about their ongoing research (Stress and Trauma Lab and FamiLee Lab).

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Psychology offers a variety of funding opportunities to graduate students. For more information, please see the Funding Opportunities webpage.


Please visit the Graduate Education Catalog: Psychology for curriculum requirements specific to the Counseling Psychology program.

Graduate study in the Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare students for academic, research, and practice careers at the PhD level. Our training philosophy is based upon the scientist-practitioner training model which emphasizes broad training in research and practice for a full understanding of the field. Consistent with this philosophy, students are educated in (a) the basic science of psychology and its methods and (b) the specific science and practice of counseling psychology. Students will receive a strong foundation in the science of psychology. They will aslo gain an empirical research viewpoint toward counseling psychology.

Sample curriculum plans for future students:
Even Year Admits, 2022-2028
Odd Year Admits, 2023-2029

Counseling Program Handbook:
Graduate Student Handbook

The Department of Psychology provides courses for a broad background in general psychology and social science methodology. The Counseling Psychology program includes substantive coursework that demonstrates the application of psychological theories, principles, and methods to counseling-related research and practice. Similarly, courses in theory, intervention, and assessment provide students with extensive practice training experiences. Through structured practice experiences, students apply the science of psychology to counseling. The practice experiences subsequently inform the types of research conducted by students and faculty. Close working relationships with faculty provide students with opportunities for research experiences and professional development activities. Graduate funding options also provide the opportunity to obtain teaching experiences, develop and conduct independent lines of research, and attend professional conferences.

In addition to coursework that provides students with formal knowledge of the science of psychology, the Counseling Psychology program offers applied training through practica and internships. Typically, students complete a 510-hour beginning practicum at Student Counseling Services during the second year. Students also complete an additional 600–800 hours of advanced practicum at various sites in the Twin Cities area. The predoctoral internship is one academic year, full-time. For purposes of prospective licensure as a professional psychologist, internships with an APA-approved site are recommended.

Advanced Practicum Placement Sites

The Twin Cities metropolitan area provides a wealth of advanced practicum opportunities for graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program. We currently have agreements with approximately 43 sites and new opportunities are added continuously. The practice coordinator maintains an ongoing working relationship with practice supervisors. Advanced practicum settings include:

  • VA Medical Centers
  • mental health clinics
  • small and large counseling centers 
  • hospitals 
  • consulting firms
  • human resource programs 

Placements are competitive and practicum sites are eager to accept our students into their programs. Our students also give their practicum sites good marks for the training and supervision that they provide.

Internship Placement

Our students compete very well for internships.  Over the last ten years, students have been matched with internships with university counseling centers, VA Medical Centers, university medical centers, community mental health centers, state/county/public hospitals, and a private psychiatric hospital.


Graduate training in the University of Minnesota Counseling Psychology Program will prepare students for taking the EPPP; however, requirements for sitting for the EPPP vary by state licensing boards. The Counseling Psychology Program has reviewed the licensing requirements for all U.S. jurisdictions to determine eligibility (see below). Please note that not all graduates choose to take the EPPP. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) publishes the ASPPB Consumer Information Disclosure to assist psychology doctoral programs in meeting U.S. Department of Education required Consumer Information Disclosures. We recommend reviewing this source for state-by-state requirements of initial licensure.

U.S. Boards of Psychology in which graduates of APA Accredited Psychology Programs would meet educational requirements: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

U.S. Boards of Psychology in which graduates of APA Accredited Psychology Programs would NOT meet educational requirements without additional coursework:

  • California: additional coursework in human sexuality; alcohol/chemical dependency detection and treatment; child abuse assessment; spousal/partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies; aging and long-term care; and suicide risk assessment and intervention is needed.
  • Maine: additional 3 hours of coursework in family/intimate partner violence is needed (may be taken post-doctorally).
  • Michigan: additional pre-licensure training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meets standards of Administrative Rule 338.2525 is needed.
  • New York: currently moving to recognize APA as equivalent program; however, at this time New York requires a doctorate degree from a “license qualifying” program. We are unable to determine if the UMN Counseling Psychology Program meets this requirement. Please contact the New York Office of the Professions for specific details on the licensure requirements.
  • US Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands): We are unable to determine if the UMN Counseling Psychology Program meets the education requirements for US Territories. Please contact the licensing examining board for the US Territories for specific details on the licensure requirements.

Core Faculty

Patricia A. FrazierDistinguished McKnight University Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Area Co-Director
Richard M. LeeDistinguished McKnight University Professor, Associate Chair, and Area Co-Director

Associated Faculty

* Associated Faculty do NOT admit graduate students in the Counseling Psychology Program
Samantha Anders, Lecturer and Practicum Coordinator, Department of Psychology
Liza Meredith, Contract Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Lovey Peissig, Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Leadership Development Manager, Human Resources
Moin Syed, Associate Professor, Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics
David J. WeissProfessor, Psychometrics and Counseling Psychology

Emeritus Professors

René V. DawisProfessor
Jo-Ida C. HansenProfessor