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Fordham University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) Awarded Prestigious 10-Year Continued Accreditation by American Psychological Association


Fordham University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) is pleased to announce it has been awarded ten years of continued accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The ten-year term is the highest level of accreditation given by the association.  The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program has held this distinguished honor since 1990.

The accrediting review process is an extensive and intensive multi-year undertaking, which requires a comprehensive self-study report and a two-day site visit. For the self-study, the program faculty provided a detailed description of the program’s mission, aims, and goals, a summary of the last ten years of annual reporting data, an explanation of admissions requirements and recruitment efforts, assessment strategies, continuous quality improvement methods, and graduate feedback. The site visit to Fordham’s campus took place March 12-13, 2020.

“Meeting the standards set by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) is a significant accomplishment and receiving reaffirmation of ten years of continued accreditation highlights the excellent academic preparation and professional training of Fordham’s Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Psychology faculty are thrilled to have APA’s Commission on Accreditation recognize our program’s strong emphasis on multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice advocacy,” said Jennie Park-Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Division of Psychological and Educational Services (PES).

Interim Dean Akane Zusho, Ph.D., who served as Chair of the Division of Psychological and Educational Services, and Professor of School Psychology, fully understands the rigorous review process the department must undergo to obtain the accreditation. Upon being informed of the accomplishment, Zusho said, “This continued accreditation is a testament to the exceptional faculty and training our students receive. I am fully confident that our graduates will leave Fordham fully prepared to improve the mental, physical and emotional health of those they treat, in their chosen setting.”

Fordham University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is guided by a reflective, scientist-practitioner model, which means that students receive significant professional preparation in the areas of research and counseling practices that they are competent in these areas upon graduation. For more information, click here. To learn more about why APA accreditation matters, click here.


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