Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Radford University PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology is no longer accepting students.


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Radford University's Doctor of Psychology Program.  Unfortunately, the Radford University PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology is no longer accepting students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr. Jim Werth, at the following address:

Department of Psychology
Radford University
Box 6946
Radford, VA 24142

Program Overview

Radford University offers an APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology with a focus on rural mental health and additional emphases on cultural diversity, social justice, and evidence-based practice in psychology. The Psy.D. degree in Counseling Psychology is designed for persons interested in careers as psychologists in mental health settings and institutions where clinical supervision and the direct application of counseling, therapy, and psychological assessment are required. The program follows the practitioner-scholar model with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice. Students will complete a 2,000 hour internship approved by the program faculty. Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, in a human services field, where they provided face-to-face counseling services by August of the year in which they wish to enroll in the Psy.D. program.

The program was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2012. At our last site visit in 2016, we were accorded 7 years, with our next site visit to occur in 2023.

The Program is listed in the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards / National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Doctoral Programs Meeting Designation Criteria (see  for information about the Designation program). The Program’s listing can be found at

Many potential applicants are, understandably, interested in what sort of financial package we offer students. In the past, most admitted students received tuition remission and either graduate assistantships or grant-funded fellowships, provided they were enrolled full-time in classes on campus, maintained good academic standing, and received positive assistantship evaluations.


Recent Accomplishments

Internship 2019

Alexander Latham, VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System, Leavenworth, KS (APA Accredited)
Paul Pohto, North Carolina State University Counseling Center, Raleigh, NC (APA Accredited)
Philip Schulte, University of Virginia-Student Health, Charlottesville, VA (APA Accredited)



Assadnia, R. (2019, August). OneLove. Women’s Health: Understanding Issues and Influences.

Choi, Y. J., Lee, H. Y., An, S. O., & Oh, J. J. (2019). Cervical cancer screening awareness and literacy among Korean American women. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  Online First.

Cohn, T. J. & Tsai, P.-C. (In press). Delivering psychological services to rural clients. In J. Zimmerman, J. Barnett, & L. Campbell (Eds.), Bringing psychotherapy to the underserved: Challenges and strategies(xxx-xxx). Oxford, England, UK: Oxford University Press.

Dobson, C., Joyner, J., Latham, A., Leake, V., & Stoffel, V. (2019). Participating in change: Engaging student veteran stakeholders in advocacy efforts in clinical higher education. Journal of Humanistic Psychology,

Elliott, A., Faires, A., Turk, R., Wagner, L., Pomeroy, B., Pierce, T., Aspelmeier, J. (2019). Polyvictimization, distress, and trauma symptomatology among college men and women.  Journal of College Counseling, 22, 138-151.

Hastings, S. L., Cottrell, E., Williams, J., & Cohn, T.  (2018). Education, primary and secondary. In L. Guglielmo (Ed.), Misogyny in American Culture (147-168). New York: Springer Publishing.

Lee, H. Y., Choi, Y. J., Yoon, Y. J., & Oh, J. J. (2018). HPV literacy: The role of English proficiency in Korean American immigrant women. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(3), E64-70.

Scheel, M. J., Stabb, S. D., Cohn, T. J., Duan, C., & Sauer, E. M. (2018). Counseling Psychology Model Training Program.  The Counseling Psychologist, 46, 6-49.

Smith, A. E., Riding-Malon, R., Aspelmeier, J.A., & Leake, V. S. (2018). A qualitative investigation into bridging the gap between religion and psychology to improve rural mental health. Journal of Rural Mental Health 42(1), 32-45.

Syme, M., Cohn, T. J. Stoffregen S, Kaempfe H, & Schippers D. (2018). "“At my age…”: Defining Sexual Wellness in Mid and Later life.  The Journal of Sex Research, 1-11.



Bullock, V., & Leake V.S. (2018). A history and future of social interest. Poster presentation accepted at   the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, Toronto, Canada.

Bullock, V., Oh, J., & Leake, V.S. (2019, April). Career satisfaction and depression among rural veterans. Poster presentation presented at the 2019 Counseling Psychology Great Lakes Conference, Louisville, KY.

Faires, A., Assadnia, R., Pohto, P., Riding-Malon, R. (2019, April). How does psychological flexibility get along with gratefulness and mindfulness? Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Louisville, KY.

George, D., Lee, N., & Smith, C. (2019, August). Are we doing this right?: A thematic analysis of a reddit psychotherapy community. Poster presented at the 2019 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Harris, K., Tsai, P.-C., Faires, A., Baker, H. (2019, August). Coping mechanisms: Exploring contributions to Black women’s success in graduate school. Poster presented at the 2019 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Hastings, S. L., Cottrell, E., Williams, J., & Cohn, T.  (2018, March) Are we there yet? Traversing the long   slow road of gender equity in American K-12 education. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), Clemson, SC.

Heidel, S. M., Hastings, S. L., Cohn, T. J., & Pierce, T. (2018, March).  Workplace incivility, stereotyped beliefs, and personality characteristics.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), Clemson, SC.

Joyner, J., Nehilla, L., Lindamood, J., Grigsby, M., Holt, S., & Leake, V. (2018, August). Protective factors for PTSD symptom severity in the military. Poster presentation presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA

Leake, V.S., (2019, August). Challenges and benefits in implementation of a HRSA GPE training grant: Years 1-3 and future grants. In “Implementing a HRSA training grant in integrated care: Various perspectives in Year 3.” Symposium presentation accepted at the American Psychological              Association annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Oh., J., Baker, H., Faires, A., Schulte, P., Vandevender, A. (2019, August). Student and alumni perspectives on training in rural integrated care settings. Symposium presented at the 2019 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. August, 2019.

Pierce, T. W., Faires, A., & Harris, K. (2018, November). Wilder Penfield and electrically- elicited reminiscence.  Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review, Boston, MA.

Tsai, P.-C., & Cohn, T. J. (2019, August). Bringing psychotherapy to underserved populations---Challenges and strategies. Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.


Honors and Service

The Psy. D. in Counseling Psychology program was awarded a HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grant for $941,000 over three years.

Dr. Tracy Cohn is a recipient of the Dalton Eminent Scholar Award.

Alyson Faires is a member of the Legislative Advocacy Committee for the International Counseling Psychology Conference 2020.

Brittany Gray was selected as the Radford representative for APA Division 17 Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS).

Kamille Harris received the Eleanor E. Kemp Memorial Research Fund Award and a Diversity Travel Award from The American Psychological Association’s Division 53. She is also a Graduate Student Board Member of Division 35.




As we mentioned above, the Radford University Psy.D. Program is now accredited by the American Psychological Association. If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA via the following means:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978
Internet Webpage:

Contact information for the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978