Welcome to Counseling Psychology at Howard University!

uluqdahThe PhD program in Counseling Psychology at the Howard University School of Education (HUSOE) is designed to educate and train counseling psychologists using a scientist-practitioner philosophy and to encourage students to identify and use culturally relevant prevention and intervention strategies that focus on the optimum strengths of each client. We work to foster an intellectual curiosity in both a supportive and challenging environment. Specifically, the goals and objectives of the program are to:

Educate entry-level psychologists in core foundational areas of professional and counseling psychology
  Objective:   Students will be grounded in the area of core foundational areas of counseling psychology
Prepare entry level psychologists to become competent in research and scholarship in counseling psychology

Objective:  Students will become knowledgeable of skills involved in the research process

  Objective:   Students will demonstrate skills in scientific writing and scholarship
Prepare psychologists who foster respect for human diversity and who are skilled to effectively work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
  Objective:  Students will become knowledgeable of multicultural frameworks to develop culturally appropriate clinical skills when working with diverse populations (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, SES, immigrants)
  Objective: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities
Prepare entry level psychologists who are competent in psychological practice that includes awareness of cultural factors
  Objective: Students will acquire knowledge of and demonstrate skills in  psychological assessment
  Objective : Students will acquire knowledge of and skills in therapeutic interventions that include awareness of cultural factors
  Objective : Students will acquire knowledge of and demonstrate skills in supervision and consultation (that include awareness of cultural factors)
Prepare students to appropriately apply and practice ethical and professional standards and guidelines in all professional activities.
  Objective:  Students will have a basic understanding of the APA ethical principles and code of conduct
  Objective:  Students will have the ability to recognize the importance of ethical concepts in practice and research.
  Objective :  Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner
  Objective:  Students will develop an identity as a counseling psychologist and participate in the profession

The students who attend Howard University come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a number of different countries. They also vary relative to their previous academic and work experiences.  However, they all come with a deep desire to conduct research, practice and contribute to the scholarly discourse, with a sincere commitment to social justice for underserved and traditionally under-resourced populations.  Graduates from the Howard University Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program are employed in a variety of settings, including counseling centers in colleges and universities, medical centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, school-based mental health, state and federal agencies, community mental health centers, academic departments in higher education institutions, professional associations, and in private practices.

Faculty research interests include (but are not limited to): mental health disparities, cross-cultural resilience factors in the process of recovery from traumatic injury; counseling and therapy with youth; multicultural counseling; intersections of identity from a racial, gender and sexual orientation perspective; co-occurring disorders; psychometric assessment; and criminal and police psychology. Our students actively conduct and present research with faculty members at conferences such as the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and the Annual Winter Roundtable at Teachers College-Columbia University.

The Doctoral Program (PhD) in Counseling Psychology has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association since 2002, and is currently "Accredited". Inquiries about the accreditation status of the Counseling Psychology Program can be made to the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979; Fax: (202) 336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org; Website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

We welcome your interest in and inquiries about our program, and encourage you to learn more about our program by exploring this website!  The menu bar on the left includes links to pages with information about our training program, admissions process, faculty, students, and more. Thank you for visiting our website.


Dr. Shareefah Al-Uqdah
curriculum vita
Director of Training
Associate Professor
Howard University School of Education
Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies
2441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059