PsyD Graduates

Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology program provides training for the professional practice of psychology. 

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Psy.D. program is student-centered and is attentive to the needs of the adult learner, preparing students for careers as licensed professional psychologists. In addition to foundation courses, the curriculum allows students to focus their studies in areas consistent with their interests and professional goals. The program emphasizes and integrates ethical practice, service to diverse and underserved communities, and evidence-based practices. There is a strong emphasis on individualized mentoring throughout the program.

Accreditation

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Accreditation information can be obtained from:

Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123

Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (PDF)

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology in five years.
  • The program includes four years of coursework and a minimum of two practicum placements. It concludes with a year of a full-time pre-doctoral internship.

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Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form and supplemental application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. All transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate coursework, including an official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University from the institution granting the applicant’s completed master’s degree. (an official transcript is one that is sent or carried to the university in an envelope sealed by the granting institution and,
  3. A three to five page personal statement which addresses each of the following areas:
    • Provide a brief description of your background, training, and experience. Include work and experiences both within and outside of the healthcare field.
    • What are your long term career goals? Be as specific as possible. It is understood that these goals may change, and that they may not be clearly formed at this point in time.
    • How does obtaining licensure as a psychologist fit into your career goals? What is unique about a professional identity as a psychologist in terms of meeting your goals?
    • The doctoral program in counseling psychology is demanding of both time and energy, and sometimes students underestimate the commitment needed to complete the program in a timely manner. How do you plan to integrate your work as a student in the program with the other demands in your life? How do you anticipate making changes in your life so that you can successfully complete a doctoral program?
    • Describe the academic, interpersonal, and/or personal challenges that might hinder your success as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology. How do you plan to address these challenges?
    • Describe the academic, interpersonal, and personal strengths you would bring to your work as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology.
    • What concerns you the most about the prospect of embarking on graduate study in a doctoral program in counseling psychology?
    • What excites you the most about the prospect of embarking on graduate study in a doctoral program in counseling psychology?
    • i) How do you anticipate (and perhaps hope) that completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology will change you?
  4. Three letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability and,
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience and,
  6. Copies of any professional licenses or certifications obtained.
  7. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)


Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus. Applications are due by January 15 for students who wish to begin the program the following fall. Applications must be complete in order to be considered. After preliminary review of applications by the admission committee, selected applicants will be invited for an admission interview. Applications will be notified of the admission decision no later than April 15. Students admitted to the program will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit to hold their place in the program. Selected applicants may be notified that they have been placed on a waiting list. Applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered for the following fall only if there is still space available in the program.

Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

Connect With Us

Daniel Lawrence

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Health and Human Services

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH116

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4529

dlawren@smumn.edu

Daniel Lawrence

Faculty

Ashley Sovereign, Psy.D.

Program Director and Core Professor, Doctor of Psychology Program

Brother Louis Hall, BLH137

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4557

asoverei@smumn.edu

Meet Ashley Sovereign
Daniel Holland, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH246

(612) 728-5163

dholland@smumn.edu

Meet Daniel Holland
Andrew John, Psy.D.

Psy.D. in Counseling Program - Practicum Training Coordinator/Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH250

(612) 728-5164

ajohn@smumn.edu

Meet Andrew John
LaRae Jome, Ph.D.

Psy.D. Counseling Program - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH246

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4546

ljome@smumn.edu

Meet LaRae Jome
Signe Nestingen, Psy.D.

Psychology Doctorate Program - Core Associate Professor and Internship Director

Brother Louis Hall, BLH247

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4571

snesting@smumn.edu

Meet Signe Nestingen
Kenneth Solberg, Ph.D.

PsyD Counseling Psychology - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH136

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4548

ksolberg@smumn.edu

Meet Kenneth Solberg
Phyllis Solon, Psy.D.

Psychology Doctorate Program - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH247

(612) 238-4572

pcsolon@smumn.edu

Meet Phyllis Solon
Daniel Bucknam, Ph.D.

Psychology - Assistant Professor

Griffin Hall, GR189

Campus Box: #1449

(507) 457-6948

dbucknam@smumn.edu

Daniel Bucknam Ph.D.
Bill Handschin, Ph.D.

Counseling and Psychological Services Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

(651) 357-0707

bhandsch@smumn.edu

Bill Handschin Ph.D.
Robin McLeod, Ph.D.

Doctor of Psychology Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(651) 739-7539

rgmcleod@smumn.edu

Yasmine Moideen, Ph.D.

Psy.D. Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nicholas Ruiz, Ph.D.

Counseling and Psychological Services - Adjunct Program Professor

Nicole Wolf, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Counseling Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

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