The mission of the University of Missouri’s Counseling Psychology Program is to educate highly skilled, culturally sensitive professionals who adhere to the scientist-practitioner model and can conduct socially and globally relevant research, as well as teach and practice effectively in diverse domestic and international educational, public, and private settings with individuals of all ages and circumstances.

MU’s counseling psychology program strives for excellence in the integration of practice, science and diversity. Our training program has a strong scientist-practitioner training model which fosters student growth through professional identification. We are committed to multicultural and cross-cultural competence and social justice and maintaining our values of mentoring and apprenticeship. We expect that students and faculty will work to create a climate of safety and trust for all concerns and to abide by the counseling psychology training program’s values statement.

The Counseling Psychology Program was one of the first counseling psychology programs to receive American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation and has been continuously accredited since 1953. Our doctoral program has achieved national and international recognition as a top ranked program. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation because of its exceptional research productivity, exemplary professional leadership, numerous journal editorships, rigorous and innovative pedagogy, the ability to recruit top graduate students from around the world and provide them with exceptional training and mentoring, and the production of doctorates who become faculty at other APA approved academic programs. Our cross cultural and multicultural emphasis has been a particular strength over the past three decades, and in recent years, our faculty have been highly successful in securing external grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and National Science Foundation.

Degrees & Certificates

We offer Ph.D., MA and M.Ed. degrees in educational, school and counseling psychology with emphasis in:

Doctorate (PhD)

Master of Education (M Ed)

Master of Arts (MA)

Education Specialist (EdSp)

Graduate Minors

Graduate Certificates


The Counseling Psychology program is lead by highly productive, nationally recognized faculty. They hold leadership roles in key professional organizations and premier publication outlets in our field, and engage in cutting edge research. Our program’s core faculty have expertise in a variety of areas including vocational psychology (academic achievement, career decision-making), career assessment, prevention science, school mental health, developmental psychopathology, health psychology, addictive behaviors, sport psychology, Latino/a psychology, masculinity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and immigrant settlement.  Faculty members who will be accepting new doctoral advisees for the 2017-2018 school year are noted below with an asterisk (*). 

Lisa Flores* (Program Training Director)
Kathleen Boggs
Sonia Dhaliwal*
Keith Herman
Matthew Martens
Brandon Orr*
Patrick Rottinghaus*
Francisco J. Sánchez*
Christopher Slaten*

Accreditation & Credentialing

The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s APA accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation.

APA Contact Information
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC  20002-4242
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978

As an APA-accredited program, we require all of our students to abide by APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and by the Guidelines for Practitioners, some of which are listed below:

  • Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
  • Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
  • Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities
  • Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychologists
  • Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults
  • Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women