VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

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Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? read more...

Counseling Psychology

Program Mission Statement: Innovation is our Tradition

Our training model is a scientist-practitioner-leader model. Scientific psychology is the basis of our training in preparing scientists, leaders and professionals for functioning effectively within the community and the profession of counseling psychology. Our faculty and graduate students are characterized by excellence, innovation and forward thinking. The Counseling Psychology Program at VCU strives to be the leader among counseling psychology programs in the areas of community and counseling health psychology. In line with our motto, “Innovation is our tradition,” the program seeks to advance the field of counseling psychology through interdisciplinary approaches to science and service provision while upholding the core traditions of counseling psychology.

Our program emphasizes three strengths in particular:

APA Accreditation

Our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1984. Our last APA site visit was in the fall of 2011.  Our next APA site visit is scheduled for 2018.

Our program upholds the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity put forth by the Council of Counseling Psychology Programs (CCPTP).

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Contact Information

Director of Clinical Training
Dr. Everett Worthington

Counseling Psychology program assistant
Chelsea Hughes
E-mail: (email is the preferred method of contact)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Counseling Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018