PhD in Counseling and School Psychology
Thank you for your interest in our new Counseling and School Psychology PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Our PhD in Counseling and School Psychology program offers two tracks: Counseling Psychology and School Psychology.
Although there is substantial overlap, School Psychology has a greater focus on children's and adolescents' learning, both academic and social/behavioral. Practicing school psychologists are most likely providing direct and indirect services for children, teachers, and parents as part of a school support team.
Counseling Psychology has a greater emphasis on lifespan development, including issues related to identity, health, and careers. Counseling psychologists are more likely to provide direct care at university counseling centers, medical centers, hospitals, or in private practice.
Both counseling and school psychologists are employed as academic faculty, researchers, and consultants. Our programs are generalist programs and prepare practitioners to work with clients across the lifespan. After graduation, individuals may decide to specialize in specific age groups. For example, school psychologists may work at the preschool, elementary, middle, or high school level. Counseling psychologists may decide to specialize in work with children, adolescents, adults, or families.