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Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

We offer two tracks within the Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation program: Traditional Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track and Counselor Education and Supervision Track. As most students are working in community mental health-related jobs while pursuing their degree, the doctoral program is part-time.

Our students become scholars, researchers, educators, supervisors and leaders in the fields of both Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counselor education and Supervision.

Students admitted to this program will be committed to the disciplines of psychiatric rehabilitation and counseling and the belief that related interventions are effective at assisting individuals with psychiatric conditions to live full and complete lives.

To accommodate the working professional, classes are offered in-person on the Scotch Plains campus in the evenings between 6 and 9 p.m.

Fast Facts:

  • Our program is the only Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the country.
  • All doctoral classes are small and offer a high level of student-faculty interaction.
  • Doctoral students are encouraged and supported to work with faculty on funded research studies from the beginning of their time in the program.
  • Students can co-teach with faculty at different educational levels within the department.
  • Doctoral faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and scholarship in psychiatric rehabilitation and counseling emphasizing effective interventions for people with psychiatric conditions.
  • Graduates are employed as:
    • Faculty members in colleges and universities
    • Academic program directors
    • College and university administrators
    • Behavioral health specialists

Questions? Please contact Ann Murphy, PhD, CPRP at 908-889-2734 or murphyaa@shp.rutgers.edu

Areas of study include psychiatric rehabilitation practice, organization and systems change, program evaluation and outcome assessment, health and wellness, and other emerging topics. Students will develop a high level of skill in teaching, research and scholarship, and advocacy related to the psychiatric rehabilitation discipline.

Doctoral students in the Traditional Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track will:

  1. Develop expertise in the evidence-based and promising practices of psychiatric rehabilitation
  2. Establish collaborative relationships with faculty in the areas of psychiatric rehabilitation practices, teaching, research, and professional writing
  3. Contribute to and promote scholarly research related to psychiatric rehabilitation and the advancement of the psychiatric rehabilitation discipline

This track specializes in counseling approaches and techniques for individuals with psychiatric conditions. Students will also develop a high level of skill in teaching, clinical supervision, research, and leadership and advocacy related to the professional counseling discipline.

Doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision Track will:

  1. Develop advanced counseling expertise in services and supports for individuals with psychiatric conditions
  2. Establish collaborative relationships with faculty in the areas of counseling and clinical supervision, teaching, research, professional writing, and service to the counseling profession and the public
  3. Contribute to and promote scholarly research related to counseling
  4. Actively participate in professional counseling organizations to develop leadership and advocacy skills

This track builds upon the success of the department’s CACREP accredited program, the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. We consider admission of graduates from this and other counseling and counseling-related masters programs.

Starting Summer 2019, classes will be held on the Busch Campus, in Piscataway, NJ.

Students are admitted to the PhD in Psychiatric Rehabilitation only in the Fall semester. Application deadline is May 1.

  • Completion of bachelor’s or master’s degree in related field
  • Rutgers School of Health Professions application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores taken within past 5 years
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) education
  • Personal statement identifying interest in degree, future professional plans, and research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Experience with individuals with psychiatric conditions
  • Completion of graduate level coursework including (any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with initial doctoral coursework):
    • CACREP entry-level core curricular standards,
    • CACREP entry-level professional practice standards, and
    • CACREP entry-level curricular requirements of a specialty area.
  • Rutgers School of Health Professions application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores taken within past 5 years
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education
  • Personal statement identifying interest in degree, future professional plans, and research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Experience with individuals with psychiatric conditions preferred
We recommend that students take two classes in the Fall and Spring semesters and one class in the Summer semester.

All doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive exam after completing the majority of their coursework but before beginning their Dissertation Sequence.

Guided by an experienced dissertation committee, students will be provided the supervision, support, and encouragement to produce state-of-the-art dissertation research with high utility for professional application. The supervision of doctoral students and dissertation research are expressly recognized as important faculty roles.

Total number of credits needed: 76

Courses and Requirements for Graduation can be found here.

Foundational Coursework: 10 credits

PSRT5090 Mental Health and The Law 1 credit

PSRT5101 Seminar in Psychiatric Rehabilitation 3 credits

PSRT6120 Advanced Theories of Counseling 3 credits

Research Coursework: 21 credits

PSRT5311 Statistical Methods 3 credits

PSRT5321 Applied Research in Rehabilitation 3 credits

PSRT6015 General Linear Model 3 credits

PSRT6025 Tests and Measurements 3 credits

PSRT6107 Multivariate Statistics 3 credits

PSRT6211 Seminar in Qualitative Methods 3 credits

PSRT6322 Evaluation Research 3 credits

Rehabilitation Methods Coursework: 12 credits

PSRT5051 Sem in Evidence-Based & Prom. Pract. 3 credits

PSRT5102 Counseling Techniques I 3 credits

PSRT5111 Program and Org Development in PSR 3 credits

PSRT5201 Career Development Theory 3 credits

PSRT5212 Personnel Manag. And Supervision 3 credits

PSRT5310 Psychopathology 3 credits

PSRT5315 Evaluation and Assessment 3 credits

PSRT5320 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues 3 credits

PSRT6116 Wellness and Recovery 3 credits

Teaching Coursework: 6 credits

PSRT7000 Teaching in Counselor Education 3 credits

PSRT6101 Independent Study in Psych Rehab 3 credits

Research Practicum: 3 credits

PSRT6101 Independent Study in Psych Rehab 3 credits

Dissertation Sequence: 12 credits

PSRT7001 Dissertation Seminar I 3 credits

PSRT7003 Dissertation Seminar II 3 credits

PSRT6301 Advanced Doctoral Seminar 3 credits

PSRT7005 Dissertation Research 3 credits

PSRT7007 Dissertation Writing 3 credits

Elective Coursework

12 credits of electives chosen in consultation with advisor. Note: Graduate coursework from other universities can be considered for transfer into the program.

Total number of credits needed: 64.

Courses and Requirements for Graduation can be found here.

Core Coursework: 7 credits

PSRT5090 Mental Health and The Law 1 credit

PSRT6000 Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision 3 credits

PSRT6120 Advanced Theories of Counseling 3 credits

Research Coursework: 21 credits

PSRT5311 Statistical Methods 3 credits

PSRT5321 Applied Research in Rehabilitation 3 credits

PSRT6015 General Linear Model 3 credits

PSRT6025 Tests and Measurements 3 credits

PSRT6107 Multivariate Statistics 3 credits

PSRT6211 Seminar in Qualitative Methods 3 credits

PSRT6322 Evaluation Research 3 credits

Teaching Coursework: 3 credits

PSRT7000 Teaching in Counselor Education 3 credits

Leadership Coursework: 3 credits

PSRT5111 Program & Organization Development 3 credits

Practicum: 9 credits

PSRT7101 Advanced Doctoral Practicum 3 credits

PSRT7019 Doctoral Internship I 3 credits

PSRT7029 Doctoral Internship II 3 credits

Specialization Coursework: 9 credits