University of Minnesota
Department of Psychology

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Counseling Psychology

Our APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Program provides a broad foundation in the science of psychology and takes an empirical-research viewpoint toward counseling psychology. We have a particular emphasis on social psychological approaches to issues of relevance to counseling (e.g., stressful life events, interpersonal relationships), on multicultural issues related to mental health and counseling, and on vocational psychology and work adjustment.

The Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota recognizes and seeks to understand fully the changing demographics in society, the increasing globalization of the world in which we live, and the need for both relevant research and mental health services to address these societal and global shifts. We respect and understand the value of cultural and individual diversity in society including, but not limited to, diversity related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status. As a graduate training program, we are committed to promoting equity and diversity in the recruitment, retention, education, and professional development of Counseling Psychology faculty and students with the hope that faculty, students, and future graduates will work toward addressing the multicultural concerns of people around the world.

We affirm the mission, policies and practices articulated by the University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity and adhere to the American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.

Core Faculty

Joint Core Faculty

Visiting Faculty

  • Amy Conlon, Assistant Professor

Affiliated Adjunct Faculty

University of Minnesota

  • Pearl Barner III, Boynton Health Services
  • Harriett C. Haynes, University Counseling and Consulting Services
  • Darwin D. Hendel, Department of Educational Policy and Administration

Greater Twin Cities Area

  • Raina Eberly, Vet Center
  • Brian E. Engdahl, VA Medical Center
  • Dee Gaeddert, Leader Source
  • Bill Handschin, Talent Management Consulting, Inc
  • J. Irene Harris, VA Medical Center
  • Donna Kulakowski, The College of Saint Catherine
  • Patricia Layton, Private Practice
  • Linda Ledray, SANE-SART Resource Service
  • Jennie Leskela, VA Medical Center
  • Steven Maurer, University of St. Thomas
  • Sheryl Niebuhr, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M)
  • Laura Pendergrass, Martin-McAllister Consulting
  • Douglas Olson, VA Medical Center
  • Sharon Sackett, MDA Leadership Consulting
  • Ellen Snoxell, Fortis

Emeritus Professors

  • René V. Dawis, Professor
  • Rodney G. Loper, Professor
  • Linda C. Muldoon, Assistant Professor at University Counseling and Consulting Services