Counseling Psychology (PhD)


Fordham GSE Counseling Psychology PhD students and faculty pose for a photo before the Commencement ceremony

As Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology PhD Program at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, and on behalf of our faculty and students, I thank you for your interest in our doctoral program. The American Psychological Association recently accredited our program for the next seven years and the program was ranked seventh in the nation for EPPP (psychology licensing exam) pass rates.

Our faculty has created a warm, supportive, and close-knit environment in the heart of New York City; giving personal attention to each student to foster academic and professional growth. Professors and students actively collaborate on research and writing and present together at professional conferences.

The program’s faculty has wide-ranging research interests including, but not limited to, health psychology, family adjustment to illness, clinical supervision, developmental psychology, women’s issues, social emotional learning in schools, cognitive psychology (e.g., the distinction between facts and beliefs), group dynamics, multicultural competence, racism, the immigrant experience, racial micro-aggressions, hidden biases, identity development, and mindfulness interventions.

Our scientist-practitioner program offers developmentally sequenced training in research and clinical practice.

Multiculturalism and social justice are foundational to our program.

Foundational courses in individual, group, and career counseling provide in-vivo application of course content with feedback from professors and peers. This experiential learning is a great strength of our program as it develops field-related skills and confidence prior to the externship experience.

Our students receive externship and internship placements in a variety of mental health settings, including college counseling centers, schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice. Our faculty provides personalized guidance, which helps students to select placements that are congruent with their overall career and training goals.

Once on externship students receive weekly group supervision in the doctoral practicum courses to develop a richer understanding of specific theories, present case conceptualizations, and receive feedback and support from the instructor and peers on individual cases.

On a personal note, I have been a faculty member in the program for almost 30 years. I look forward to coming to work because I am surrounded by colleagues and students that I care about and respect. Although the work is challenging and the schedules demanding, there is a camaraderie that keeps it fun.

We encourage students and one another to engage in self-care activities and achieve balance in negotiating personal and professional demands. Individuals who know how to take care of themselves are in a better position to take care of others. Cooperation, not competition, is seen as the strategy for producing the most solid work.

If you are looking for a program that is both nurturing and stimulating you will find a home in Fordham’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program.

Merle Keitel, PhD

Director of Training
113 West 60th Street
Room 1016A


Browse the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Handbook.


Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979