Counseling & Psychology

Counseling & Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education, & Applied Research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), weekend-cohort doctoral program

Transform your practice.

Advance social justice, health-promoting behavior, and inclusive communities through leadership, education, and applied research. Lesley University’s doctoral program for licensed mental health professionals and school counselors, prepares you to meet society’s need for these values and objectives in mental health programs, schools, and higher education. Gather with a cohort on Lesley’s campus one weekend per month, guided by faculty-practitioners who will empower you to facilitate change in your field.

Based in Cambridge—an internationally recognized nexus of mental health practice and research—our program is founded on a multidisciplinary approach that integrates knowledge and practices from the related fields of counseling and psychology.

Expand your knowledge of leading-edge theory and technique, from trauma-informed leadership to interpersonal neurobiology to mindfulness. Connect to applied research opportunities within Lesley’s robust network of practitioners, consultants, leaders, and educators. Participate in faculty-led initiatives and become part of our community of scholars. Develop fresh perspectives that lead to meaningful careers in leadership, education, research, consulting, and social entrepreneurship.

Your first doctoral year explores your professional goals, while providing a foundation in theory and research. Build from this theoretical framework during a second year dedicated to applied research and practice. During this time, design your own practicum and pursue relevant field experience. In your third and final year, develop a plan for original research that relates to your professional ambitions and write your dissertation.

Program Structure

Weekend-Cohort Doctoral Program

48 Credits
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Weekend Cohort Model

Our PhD in Counseling and Psychology is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Meet with an intimate cohort of PhD candidates on Lesley's Cambridge campus one weekend per month, guided by faculty-practitioners whose innovative scholarship and commitment to social justice will inspire you to contribute fresh thinking and leadership to your field.

Outcomes
Counseling & Psychology
Susan Gere
Susan Gere, PhD program director, earned her PhD and MSW from Simmons College. Her focus is on adult development, trauma recovery, and family life. “Using my own experiences with clients, other professionals, and agencies helps my students become oriented to the reality of their professional milieu," she says.
Counseling & Psychology
Jared Kass
Jared Kass, co-director of the PhD program, specializes in PTSD, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. His teaching integrates multiple perspectives: multicultural psychology, trauma studies, mind-body interactions, psychodynamic attachment theory, experiential therapies, and humanistic psychology. His curriculum, Know Your Self, fosters maturational learning in higher education.
Counseling & Psychology
Donna San Antonio
Donna San Antonio holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University and is licensed as a guidance counselor and school psychologist. Her research informs practice and policy in the areas of adolescent development, emerging adulthood, cross-disciplinary mental health collaboration, rural education, social-emotional learning, and adventure therapy.
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Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program.
Counseling & Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education, & Applied Research
  • Tuition
    $1,197/credit x 48
    $57,456
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fee
    $8,970
    Registration Fee
    $320
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
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