Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Radford University's Doctor of Psychology Program.  We hope the material on the various pages helps you get a sense of us and what we have to offer.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr. Valerie Leake, 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 accredited by the American Psychological Association first in 2012. The next site visit will take place 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 graduate assistantships and tuition remission provided they were enrolled full-time in classes on campus, maintained good academic standing, and received positive assistantship evaluations.


Recent Accomplishments

Internship 2018

Jeremiah Burkhart, AspenPointe Health Services, Colorado Springs, CO (APA accredited)

Elizabeth Cottrell, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, TX (APA accredited)

Ian Evans, University of Akron Student Counseling Center, Akron, OH (APA accredited)

Jordan Joyner, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems, Tuskegee, AL (APA accredited)

Rachel Turk, Appalachian State Student Counseling Center, Boone, NC (APA accredited)



Cohn, T.J., Casazza, S.P. & Cottrell E.M. (2017). The mental health of gender and sexual minority groups in context. In K.B. Smalley, J.C. Warren, K.N. Barefoot (Eds.), LGBT Health: Meeting the mental health needs of gender and sexual minorities.  New York:   Springer Publishing Company.

Goldstein, A.L. (in press). The impacts of misogyny on endometriosis treatment. In L. Guglielmo (Ed.), Misogyny in American culture: Causes, trends, and solutions. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Hastings, S., Cottrell, E., Williams, J., & Cohn, T. (in press). Education primary and secondary. In L. Guglielmo (Ed.), Misogyny in American cultures: Causes, trends, and solutions. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood Publisher.

Joyner, J.R., & Leake, V. (2017, Winter). A brief review of the Conservation of Resources theory as it applies to military trauma. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, 12(3).

LeBarre, S., & Riding-Malon, R. (2017). Posttraumatic growth in breast cancer survivors:  Sources of support in rural and non-rural areas. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 41(1),  54-65. doi:10.1037/rmh0000069

Lee, N., Spengler, P. M., Mitchell, A. M., Spengler, E. S., Spiker, D. A. (2017). Facilitating withdrawer re-engagement in emotionally focused couple therapy: A modified task analysis. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 205-225. doi:

Lee, N., Furrow, J., & Bradley, B. (2017).  Emotionally focused couple therapy for parents raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 662-673. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12225

Magruder, J., Adams, B., Pohto, P., Smith, T. (2018, In Press). Electronic health records in a university counseling center: A case study. Journal of College Counseling.

Smith, A.E., Riding-Malon, R., Aspelmeier, J. E., & Leake, V. (2018). A qualitative investigation into bridging the gap between religion and the helping professions to improve rural mental health. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 42 (1), 32-45.    doi:10.1037/rmh0000093

Spengler, P., & Lee, N. (2017). A funny thing happened when my scientist self and my practitioner self became an integrated scientist-practitioner: A tale of two couple therapists transformed. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2017.1305948.

Tsai, P.-C., & Wei, M. (in press). Racial discrimination and experience of new possibilities among Chinese international students. The Counseling Psychologist.


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.

Cottrell, E., & Turk, R. (2017, April). Trauma-informed care for LGBTQ adolescents in an integrated care setting. Poster presented at the National LGBTQ Conference, Chicago, IL.

Faires, A., Turk, R., Wagner, L., Pomeroy, B., Elliott, A., Aspelmeier J., & Pierce. T. (2017, March) Poly-victimization and mental health symptoms in college students. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

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 accepted at the American Psychological Association’s 126th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Latham, A.J., Joyner, J., & Leake, V. (2017, November). Developing and validating an implicit     measure of attitudes towards pornography 2.0. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.

Pohto, P. & Schulte, P. (2017, April). Strength-based assessment within rural mental health. Poster presented at the annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Muncie, IN.

Riding-Malon, (2015, September). Resilient Kids- Evaluation summary. Paper presented at the Philippi International Conference, Windhoek, Namibia.

Tsai, P.-C., & Wei, M. (2017, August). Trainees’ anxiety and counseling self-efficacy in counseling sessions. Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Turk, R. (2017, March) Support each other! Establishing a peer mentoring program in graduate psychology programs. Roundtable presented at the Great Lakes Regional Counseling   Psychology Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Honors and Service

Victor Bullock received the 2018 NASAP Conference Scholarship.

Jeremiah Burkhart was selected by Dean Hawkins to present his research to the Radford University Board of Visitors.  

Elizabeth Cottrell served as a reviewer of Division 44’s APA Student Travel Award, and for Division 17’s APA Student Poster Session.

Jordan Joyner received the Eleanor Kemp Award.

Paul Pohto served as student campus representative for Division 17’s Section on Positive Psychology. He also received the SAS Bridging the Gap Award.

Rachel Turk served as the program representative for Student Affiliates of Division 17 (SAS).

Anna Vandevender received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Numerous students in the program participated in social justice and service efforts including Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, Messages of Hope, Be the Match Program, and Black Lives Matter peaceful protest.




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