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Doctorate of Counseling Psychology Program

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

Credits: 73 credits with Master’s degree or 88 credits with Bachelor’s degree
Program Length: 4-5 years
Start Date: Fall semester
Instructional Method: Classes on Lodi campus, as well as hybrid and fully online offerings


The Doctor of Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) Program prepares graduates to become entry-level health service psychologists, as well as license-eligible psychologists in the State of New Jersey. The training model of the Psy.D. Program follows the scholar/practitioner model. Your training will center on developing the skills needed to function as a psychologist and an independent practitioner. In addition, you will develop skills preparing you to be active consumers of the most current research. Further, you will be able to integrate evidence-based treatments into your skill set as a practitioner.

Accreditation and Licensure

The Program has been designed and aligned with the Standards of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The Program plans to apply for “Accreditation, On Contingency” status in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Questions related to the Program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of the Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979/ E-mail:

Additionally, the program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure by the New Jersey State Board of Psychological Examiners and will allow graduates to apply for licensure as practicing psychologists in New Jersey.

Mission Statement

The Doctor of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) 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 our 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.

Program Aims and Competencies

The competencies of the Doctor of Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) Program are developed within the larger context of professional psychology, Standards of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the vision and mission of Felician University. The educational philosophy of the Psy.D. Program at Felician 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.

The principal aim of the Felician Psy.D. Program is to prepare entry-level health service psychologists. The Profession Wide Competencies (PWCs) of the Psy.D. Program are as follows:

1. To produce graduates who have obtained the necessary skills and abilities needed for providing professional psychological and counseling services.

Competency 1a: Students will develop proficiency as science informed practitioners in assessments and interventions informed by evidence-based research.

Competency 1b: Students will be able to assess client outcome data to increase the efficacy of interventions; effectively communicate and interact professionally with clients and peers; understand their limitations as practitioners and seek supervision and consultation to maintain and develop proficiency as an entry-level psychologist.

Competency 1c: Students will acquire and apply knowledge and skills related to legal, professional, and ethical standards in all professional activities.

2. To develop scholars with the ability to critically analyze scientific research and to conduct psychological research.

Competency 2a: Students will be able to evaluate and conduct research to contribute to the body of knowledge in health service psychology.

3. To develop entry-level health service providers with knowledge of the fundamental theories and scientific foundations of psychology.

Competency 3a: Students will acquire and apply knowledge of affective, cognitive, developmental, biological, and social bases of behavior in the ethical practice of health service psychology.

4 To develop graduates who have an appreciation and commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the best practices of their psychological practice.

Competency 4a: Students will be consumers of current research and empirical data to inform their professional practice as health service psychologists.

Competency 4b: Students will maintain continuing education credits to build skills and integrate research and evidence-based treatments into their delivery of psychological services.

5. To develop psychologists who have a commitment to integrate and be informed by social justice concerns, cultural diversity, and uniqueness of each individual and group that they serve.

Competency 5a: Students will recognize their own attitudes and biases and demonstrate knowledge, awareness, sensitivity, and skills when working with diverse clients including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Competency 5b: Students will develop knowledge, awareness, and skills in providing multiculturally sensitive and ethically-sound supervision and consultation.

Competency 5c: Students will demonstrate an ongoing concern for social justice that can be evidenced by their professional activities.


All students will complete three years of practicum experiences. Practicum is a crucial component of the curriculum, and successful completion of the practicum is a pre-requisite to applying for the pre-doctoral internship. Current students have secured placements in hospitals, college counseling centers, mental health centers, and out-patient clinics.


Students are expected to complete either a one year full time or two year half time pre-doctoral internship placement.
Felician University embraces the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions that emphasize the uniqueness of each while striving for a just and peaceful society. Felician 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.” 

Statement on Diversity

The Doctor of Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) Program respects and values issues of diversity consistent with the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2017) and the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA, 2017). The Psy.D. 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 ableness. Our community is committed to educating each other on the existence and effects of stereotypes, microaggressions, prejudice and discrimination.

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Contact Us!

Melissa Gizzi
Assistant Director of
Graduate Admissions
| 201.355.1444

Program Faculty

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