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Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation



Program Overview

Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PsyR) is fast emerging as a unique discipline with a rapidly expanding research base. The Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation prepares scholars, researchers, educators, and leaders in this emerging field. This research-based degree is the first in the country to offer the Ph.D. specifically in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Graduates of this program possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to help shape the future of the profession.

The doctoral program is intentionally small to insure that our students receive the guidance and support they need. Doctoral students have the opportunity to teach at different educational levels, work on funded research projects in the community and study with a small groups of students dedicated to advancing psychiatric rehabilitation. Students work with a growing faculty of nationally known Psychiatric Rehabilitation practitioners, academics and scholars.

The degree requires completion of 76 post-baccalaureate credits, a qualifying examination and dissertation research. Graduate coursework from other universities will be considered for transfer into the program. Areas of study include organizations and systems, program evaluation and outcome assessment, staff training and development, psychiatric rehabilitation practice, emerging topics and other aspects of this developing field.

Faculty members in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions have extensive experience as educators and Psychiatric Rehabilitation practitioners. Faculty publications include the first comprehensive psychiatric rehabilitation textbook, numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. A sample of these can be viewed at our Publications page. Widely known, faculty members have provided training and consultation throughout the US as well as in Europe and Asia. Faculty members have taken leading roles in the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and several of its state chapters as well as with the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) Certification Commission.

The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions provides a diverse student population with a career ladder in psychiatric rehabilitation studies from the Associate of Science to the Ph.D. degree. The department also provides consultation and training to mental health agencies as well as direct services such as supported employment and supported education. Faculty members have experience and expertise in PsyR services such as supported employment, supported education, illness management and recovery, and peer provided services. Student dissertation research interests have included:

  • The Role of Consumer Providers in Case Management Teams

  • Rehabilitation Readiness in Employment Services

  • The Relationship of Messages about Mental Illness to Stigmatizing Attitudes among Children and Adolescents

  • The relationship of education, specialized training and work experience to employment and salaries among persons with mental illness

To learn more about the Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation program contact:

Dr. Ann Murphy, Program Director

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

School of Health Professions

Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions

1776 Raritan Road

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076













Rutgers School of Health Professions



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