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Combined Clinical/Counseling

The Utah State University Psychology Department’s Combined/Clinical Counseling PhD specialization is accepting applications for the coming school year. Our APA-accredited program provides a combined approach to doctoral-level training across the two practice areas of clinical and counseling psychology. Students receive training across a broad spectrum of problem areas, populations, settings, and approaches for a wide range of future potential careers. Students are prepared to work as professionals in diverse settings through applied practicum sites and have excellent match rates with internship placements.

The USU Combined Clinical/Counseling specialization trains doctoral level health service psychologists through the integration of science, research, and the practice of psychology. Students conduct research, offer evidence-based professional services, and consider culture and context in all professional activities. Students receive specialized training in diversity from our faculty through didactic, applied, and research opportunities. Our faculty include leading scholars in areas including cultural adaptation of therapy, identity development, sexual orientation and gender, treatment of children/adolescents, geriatric neuropsychology, ethics, acceptance and commitment therapy, parent management training, telehealth, somatic symptom distress and behavioral medicine, trauma, dementia, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is a state-of-the-art facility for students, clients, and faculty, offering a unique integration of academics and clinical services. Graduate studies take place in a safe and beautiful small metropolitan area that has many and varied outdoor activities that invite self-care.

Course Highlights

The Combined Specialization's strengths are in the integration of science and practice and in its commitment to diversity. These are exemplified by the specialization's philosophy and curriculum. Courses in Evidence-Based Practice (PSY 6150 and PSY 6750), a three-semester course sequence in Diversity Issues in Treatment and Assessment (PSY 6290, 6291, & 6292), and clinical training that builds upon the foundation provided in the integrated practicum with children, adolescents and adults (PSY 7350) are among its core training experiences. 

Students in the specialization are funded with tuition awards and stipends. Receive more information about applications and admission requirements, department research, and Logan. The specialization even offers a sample of a week-in-the-life. Applicants and students can find a complete specialization overview including specialization aims, policies, evaluation criteria and more in the current Combined Clinical/Counseling specialization handbook. Start your journey to a PhD today!


Our doctoral specialization has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1975 (formerly as the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School specialization). See student admissions, outcomes, and other data for the specialization. Questions regarding accreditation and complete information on those guidelines and principles are available through:

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Disclosure of Educational Requirements for Licensure by State

Our specialization adheres to APA accreditation standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of health service psychology. Given the varied and changing requirements across jurisdictions, we have not determined and cannot assure that graduates will meet all requirements for licensure in all states or territories. You are encouraged to become familiar with relevant state licensing laws and discuss your curricular plan with your DCT.

This specialization meets requirements in Utah.

USU has not determined if the specialization meets requirements in: AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MP, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UM, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.

Combined Clinical/Counseling Faculty and Lab Pages


Sara Boghosian | Clinical Assistant Professor

As the psychology clinic director, Dr. Boghosian engages in direct service with the community and supervises doctoral clinical training experiences. Dr. Boghosian does not accept applications from graduate students.

Sue Crowley | Professor

Dr. Crowley is a professor with the Department of Psychology. She joined the department in 1991. Her research interests include human-animal interaction, and training and supervision of graduate students. 


Melanie Domenech Rodríguez | Culture & Mental Health Lab

The Culture & Mental Health Lab is engaged in independent research in an interdependent context. Project content is in parenting, cultural values, microaggressions, and evidence-based interventions.

Renee Galliher | PR2IDE LAB

The PR2IDE Lab engages in a range of independent and collaborative projects that broadly fall under the umbrella of research in identity development.


Maria Kleinstaeuber  | Physical Mental Health Interactions Lab

The Physical Mental Health Interactions Lab synthesizes basic and health-related intervention research to understand the role of psychological factors in the etiology and treatment outcomes in populations with somatic symptom disorders.

Tyler Lefevor | Sexual, Gender, and Religious Identities Lab 

The Sexual, Gender, and Religious Identities Lab examines sexual, gender, and religious identity development and their mental health implications


Melissa Tehee | Tohi Lab

The Tohi Lab research focuses on the physical, spiritual, and psycological health of ethnic and racial minorities.

JoAnn Tschanz | Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders Lab

The Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Disorders lab investigates risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.


Michael Levin & Michael Twohig | ACT Research Group

The USU ACT Research Group is dedicated to research, training, and clinical services based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).