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Doctorate of Counseling Psychology Program

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

Credits: 88 credits
Program Length: 4-5 years
Start Date: Fall semester
Instructional Method: Classes on Lodi campus, with one online course per semester

The Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Program prepares graduates to become psychologists in the health care system of the future, providing mental and behavioral health services as part of an integrated, primary care model. This type of collaborative care connects behavioral and physical health, often leading to more cost-effective treatment and increased access for underserved people (see APA article.)


The objectives of the Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Program are developed within the larger context of professional psychology, the principles of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the vision and mission of Felician University. The educational philosophy of the PsyD Program at Felician University includes an appreciation for the value and uniqueness of the individual, a belief in the potential for each human being to flourish and achieve integrity and happiness, and an acknowledgment of the strengths of each individual as it relates to treating mental health diagnoses.

Felician University embraces the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions that emphasize the uniqueness of each while striving for a just and peaceful society. Felician University considers itself “to be a pre-eminent Catholic Franciscan University where scholarship and the practice of teaching and learning place students first in the enduring quest for truth and the persistent pursuit of competence, character, and compassion.” Meanwhile its mission declares as part of its “enduring purpose to promote a love of learning, a desire for God, self-knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.”  

Learning Outcomes

DIVERSITY.  Graduates of the PsyD Program respect cultural diversity and individual differences as strengths; hold the belief that individuals can learn, regardless of exceptionality, background, or circumstance; and are committed to the education of individuals in complex and richly diverse communities. They recognize individual differences, unique qualities, and variability of characteristics of the population and work within a variety of settings, and they treat others with respect, fairness, and equity. Additionally, graduates of the PsyD Program will demonstrate healthy and effective human connections with clients and colleagues.
PRIMARY AND INTEGRATED CARE. Graduates of the PsyD Program are committed to the overall health of the community and educating and treating mental health issues within a variety of settings including primary care. Students work in a variety of venues, including with members of schools, educational, healthcare, and broader communities. They know and understand the role and function of diverse community connections, especially within the context of primary care offices, creating support mechanisms for the personal development of others, and working with other medical professionals.
SCHOLARSHIP. Graduates of the PsyD Program are committed to integrating theory, research and empiricism in guiding clinical practice. They believe in life-long learning and professional education as integral to continuing development of expertise; providing evidence that they can use their knowledge in light of available research findings to apply best practice to promote positive impacts on the lives of those they work with, thereby supporting the roles and goals of scholarship mandated by the broader community.
SOCIAL JUSTICE. Graduates of the PsyD Program are committed to dismantling all forms of injustice, including discriminatory practices and everyday microaggressions, which violate the dignity and oppress the freedoms of diverse people. Graduates practice the Franciscan charisms, values, and mission.


The Doctorate of Counseling Psychology prepares graduate students in the practitioner-scholar model to provide psychological services to diverse communities. The doctoral training integrates the University’s commitment to Franciscan identity, which includes the nine core values: respect for human dignity, compassion, transformation, solidarity with the poor, justice and peace, reverence, diversity, service and joy. Our mission is to develop new doctoral-level trained psychologists who can contribute to the expansion of the practice of psychology, and develop professionally relevant knowledge and skills to work effectively with issues of diversity.

Statement on Diversity

Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Programs respects and values issues of diversity consistent with the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (2002) and the Guidelines and Principles of Programs in Professional Psychology (APA, 2005).

Felician’s PsyD Program emphasizes the importance of multicultural psychology, the promotion of diversity, and fosters inclusiveness within the society at large. Our program exists within multicultural communities that contain individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, national origins, religious, spiritual and political beliefs, physical abilities, ages, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations and physical appearance (CCPTP). Our community is committed to educating each other on the existence and effects of stereotypes, microaggressions, prejudice and discrimination.


Program Faculty

  • Professor Dan Mahoney
    Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Counseling Psychology
  • Associate Professor, Graduate Counseling Psychology; Director Clinical Training
  • Rachel Rengifo
    Assistant Professor, Graduate Counseling Psychology