Professionalism to the next degree

APU’s psychology doctorate is the only campus-based program of its kind in Alaska, where the need for counselors continues to grow. We welcome professionals ready for cohort learning in an accredited program designed for working adults.

Your PsyD is based on self-directed learning contracts. Weekend intensives keep you connected to peers and faculty. PsyD is a three- year program offering a choice between licensure-eligiblity in Alaska or elsewhere, or study for enrichment not leading to licensure.


The program plans to submit an application for APA accreditation in the fall of 2015. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Our students represent the range of psychology career paths

  • licensed professional counselors seeking to expand knowledge
  • a lawyer with expertise in counseling psychology and mediation
  • a psychology professor eager to return to a counseling practice

Rewarding education for a rewarding profession

Your PsyD is a comprehensive three-year program encompass- ing theory and application, research and practice, and profes- sional experience and internship. PsyD projects demonstrating excellence are self-assigned capstones for personal enrichment and career enhancement.

Recent projects include:

  • an exploration of interventions that engage youth in their own behavioral treatment
  • performance and rehabilitation imagery workshop for athletes


Year Term Course Title Credits
Year 1 Summer
Professional Ethics 3
Substance Abuse Assessment and Non-Diagnostic Assessment 3
Psychology of Measurement 3
Fall Individual Differences 3
Adult Clinical Assessment 3
Techniques of Data Analysis and Statistics 3
Spring Prevention, Wellness, and Resiliency 3
Adolescent and Child Assessment 3
Research Methodology 3
Year 2 Summer Biological Bases of Behavior 3
Evidence-Based Practice for Affective and Anxiety-Related Disorders 3
Practicum 2
Professional Practice I – Professional Attitudes and Values 1
Fall Dissertation Proposal – Introduction 2
Evidence-Based Treatment for Children and Families 3
Practicum 2
Professional Practice II – Supervision and Consulting 1
Spring Trauma-Informed Practice 3
Dissertation Proposal – Completion 2
Practicum 2
Professional Practice II – The Business of Practice 1
Year 3 Summer Practicum 2
Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 3
Dissertation Research 2
Fall Social Bases of Behavior 3
Practicum 2
Dissertation Completion 2
Spring History and Systems of Psychology 3
Practicum 2
Year 4 Summer Internship I 3
Fall Internship II 3
Spring Internship III 3

Application Date Requirements

October 15th for Summer


As a student in our department, you will receive hands on training for the 3rd fastest growing profession in America – Counseling.  Classes are dynamic and participatory, taking place outside of a formal classroom as often as inside. Students may find themselves hiking in the Chugach Mountains to investigate the relationship between nature and psychology, working in a village in Africa to personalize the meaning of service, or even training a horse for an Equine therapy senior project.

Counseling Psychology Department