James Madison University

Welcome from the Department Head

PHOTO: Robin AndersonWelcome to the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling! Our department offers eight graduate programs designed for individuals who want to pursue advanced study in psychology or counseling. These programs share the goals of academic enrichment, development of research and applied skills, and personal and professional growth. Each of these programs is innovative and distinctive in preparing practitioners and scholars for the future. Our strong commitment to diversity is evidenced by devoting specific coursework to socio-cultural issues, providing practical experiences with clients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, and offering internationalized curricula.

Special features of our programs include individualized academic advising and concerned, involved faculty. Many classes are conducted in small, seminar-style environments, and have an experiential emphasis. There are numerous research opportunities, and students are encouraged to become active scholars. Financial assistance is widely available in all programs, and students have opportunities to gain experience working in on-campus centers and inter-professional clinics.

We view contemporary psychology and counseling as disciplines that intersect with a number of others, including biological and social sciences and the humanities. Please feel free to contact me or other faculty members to help you navigate the process of choosing your future studies.

Sincerely,
Robin Anderson, PsyD