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Department of Psychology College of Saint Elizabeth

  • Morristown, NJ
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 92%8%
    student ratio
  • 88
    total students
  • $19,152 | $19,152
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • April 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 4 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


The College of Saint Elizabeth

Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) was one of the first 4-year Catholic women's college in the region. The college today maintains its commitment to social responsibility, community service, and the promotion of women as full partners within society.

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers co-educational graduate programs in psychology at both the doctoral and master's level.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology is an intensive professional development program structured to allow graduates to attain licensure as psychologists in the state of New Jersey. The program trains students in psychotherapy, counseling, supervision, assessment, teaching, consultation, and program evaluation services in community, agency, academic, and forensic settings.

An Emphasis on Social Justice

In line with the College of Saint Elizabeth's mission, the goals of the Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology degree program are to promote social justice and to empower underserved populations. The program achieves this by producing practitioners who provide professional and ethical psychological services in a culturally sensitive context and who implement interventions to empower and promote wellness, particularly among the disenfranchised.

Graduates are also well trained in individual, group, and family psychotherapeutic approaches and in the evaluation of psychological treatments. They leave the program proficient in integrating practice and research and expanding their psychotherapeutic skills.

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology Curriculum

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology degree program is a full-time, 4-year program that uses a cohort model with students completing coursework and training during summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students complete 88 credits, 15 of which they earn as part of their master's programs. A 3-credit course in group counseling is also a prerequisite to the Psy.D. degree program.

The 15-credit master's level course requirements include "Psychopathology," "Human Growth and Personality Development," "Counseling Theories," "Psychological Assessment," "Group Counseling," and "Research Methods and Advanced Statistics."

During their 1st years, students take courses in theories of personality, counseling psychology, clinical applications of human development, psychopathology, and personality, cognitive, and neuropsychological assessment.

During their 2nd years, students begin their doctoral practica and complete coursework in research methods and statistical design, techniques in counseling and psychotherapy, history and systems of psychology, and the application of social justice in psychological treatment.

During their 3rd years, students continue their practica and begin their doctoral projects. They also take courses on learning and cognition, physiological psychology, career counseling, counseling research and program evaluation, and program management, consultation, and supervision.

Students devote their 4th and final years to their doctoral projects and internships.

A Committed Faculty with Wide Ranging Expertise

The Psy.D. faculty members are committed teachers, researchers, and practitioners.

Professor Patricia Heindel's areas of expertise include human and social development, memory, learning, and outcomes assessment. She directs the School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab at the College of Saint Elizabeth and co-directs the School Culture and Climate Initiative in partnership with the Youth Empowerment Alliance of the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

CSE professors, such as Professor Thomas Barrett, Professor Michelle Barrett, and Professor Valerie Scott, are also practicing psychologists with New Jersey licensure. Professor Thomas Barrett's expertise includes psycho-spirituality, humanistic and existential theory and practice, and resilience.

Professor Michelle Barrett's expertise lies in the psychology of women and psychodynamic theory and practice. Her current research focuses on sociocultural perspectives on diagnosis, personality disorders, and trauma.

Professor Valerie Scott is both a licensed psychologist and an accredited clinical supervisor. Her areas of expertise include trauma, dissociative disorders, multicultural psychology, and consultation and supervision.

Admission Requirements for the Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology

Applicants to the Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology degree program will each have completed a master's degree in forensic psychology, counseling psychology, or its equivalent. Applicants must also each submit an application form, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE records, a statement of professional goals, official transcripts, and a curriculum vitae.

Master's Degrees in Psychology

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Forensic Psychology. Students in the M.A. in Psychology degree program specialize in counseling psychology, school counseling, and mental health counseling.

A Thriving Center of Service-Learning and Community Outreach

The College of Saint Elizabeth is home to 4 centers that affirm its commitment to Catholic social teaching and solidarity with the poor. These include the Center for Catholic Women's History, the Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Center for Volunteerism and Service-Learning, and the Center for Ministry and Spirituality.

The Center for Volunteerism and Service-Learning runs some 45 community service projects. CSE students provided an estimated 29,500 hours of service, collected over 2,500 pounds of food for the needy, raised more than $32,000 for charities, and worked with 90 social service organizations, schools, and non-profits.

The Center for Ministry and Spirituality provides training for lay ministry and spiritual and theological programs. Created in 1982, the college now has approximately 150 students in 5 degree programs. In addition, over 2,000 people visit campus each year for the Summer Institute and the Spirituality Convocation.

Location & Contact

Department of Psychology

College of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989
United States

Dr. Thomas Barrett

Coordinator, Graduate and Doctoral Programs in Psychology

Phone: 973-290-4106
Fax: 973-290-4676

Deborah Cobo

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 973-290-4194
Fax: 973-290-4710

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Student Affairs In Higher Education Certificate
    • Mental Health Counseling Certificate
    • Forensic Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
    • Counseling Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 31
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 5
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, BA in psychology (preferred), 12 credits of course work in psychology
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$19,152
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,152
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students88
    • Female Percentage92%
    • Male Percentage8%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students88
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino15%
    • Black / African American13%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty6
    • Full-time Percentage33%
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%



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