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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program trains psychologists to become health service psychologists and psychological researchers. Through our challenging curriculum and supportive student environment, it is our goal to develop psychologists who are skilled in the practical practice of psychology, produce graduates who have a solid foundation of psychological science and produce graduates who display ethical behavior and professionalism.

Our Research

Click through the following video playlist to learn more about the research taking place within the Counseling Psychology doctoral program. To learn more about our research, including current research opportunities, please visit the Psychology, Health & Learning Sciences’ research page.

Prospective Students

The University of Houston Counseling Psychology doctoral program trains psychologists in research using a mentorship model, where students receive expert training in research under the supervision of one of more members of the faculty.

The following faculty members are accepting new doctoral students for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Our Faculty

Listed below are members of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program faculty. To learn more about our department’s faculty, please visit the Psychological, Health & Learning Sciences’ faculty and staff page.

Dr. Consuelo Arbona


Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-9814


Dr. Nicole Coleman

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-8392


Dr. Marcel de Dios

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-6687


Dr. Patrick J. Ellis

Coordinator, M.Ed. Counseling program at Sugar Land

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-2861


Dr. Robert H. McPherson

Professor & Dean

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-5003


Dr. Roberta L. Nutt

Clinical Professor & Training Director

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-5039


Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi

Professor & Associate Dean for Research

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-4698


Dr. Jonathan P. Schwartz

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-9926


Dr. Rachael A. Whitaker

Counseling Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology

(713) 743-6685


Department of Psychological Health & Learning Sciences

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington D.C. 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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