Shape the Future of Psychology

Rivier University expands on a tradition of excellence in school psychology, school counseling, and mental health counseling with its Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling and School Psychology. This terminal degree in the field of psychology allows graduates to obtain licensure for independent practice, professional opportunities in a variety of school, agency, community, and public service settings, as well as the ability to teach at the university level. 

Rivier University's Psy.D. in Counseling and School Psychology provides individuals who already hold a master's degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in mental health counseling or school psychology with an opportunity to obtain advanced training in their respective fields. Students may also enter the program with a bachelor's degree in psychology or a closely related field. The Psy.D. program has been designed with professional licensing requirements in mind, maintaining professional integrity for the suggested program sequence and course study that emphasizes either counseling or school psychology.

Rivier University is the first college or university in the state of New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program in counseling and school psychology, and is one of only several other similar programs in the country.

Rivier's Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) addresses the needs of mental health professionals in many fields: 

  • School psychologists
  • Practitioners in private practice or counseling centers
  • Mental health counselors
  • University psychology and counseling professors

Rivier's multidisciplinary faculty will engage students in a curriculum that focuses on: 

  • Biological bases of behavior
  • Cognitive-affective bases of behavior
  • Social bases of behavior and diversity
  • Research methods and design
  • Individual differences
  • Assessment and intervention