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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mental Health Counseling, Non-Thesis, MS

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Bedi, Robinder P., PhD, counseling relationships/process/outcomes, substance abuse and dependence, depression.
Byrne, Christina, PhD, psychological trauma and intimate partner violence.
Czopp, Alexander M., PhD, negative implications for intergroup relations of “positive” stereotypes of groups, prejudice reduction through interpersonal confrontation.
Devenport, Jennifer, PhD, legal psychology, jury decision-making, factors influencing erroneous eyewitness identifications.
Dinnel, Dale L., PhD, school and home environment and achievement motivation, personality correlates of happiness and well-being.
Du Rocher Schudlich, Tina, PhD, developmental psychopathology, marital conflict and children, parent-child emotion regulation.
Finlay, Janet M., PhD, physiological psychology, biological basis of psychiatric illness.
Forgays, Deborah K., PhD, adolescent development, women’s health issues, women and anger across development.
Goodvin, Rebecca, PhD, early socioemotional development, self-concept, parent-child attachment and communication.
Graham, James, PhD, adaptive processes in romantic relationships, romantic love, measurement, multivariate statistics.
Grimm, Jeffrey W., PhD, animal models of drug taking and drug seeking, neurobiology of drug taking and drug seeking.
Gruman, Diana, PhD, school counseling, child and adolescent development, educational psychology.
Haskell, Todd, PhD, language, visual and auditory perception, cognition.
Hyman, Ira, PhD, memory, cognitive psychology, social cognition.
Jantzen, Kelly J., PhD, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, human environment interactions.
Jantzen, McNeel Gordon, PhD, speech perception, speech production, phonological learning, neural reorganization of language.
King, Jeff, PhD, cross-cultural psychology, healing processes, ethnic identity.
Lehman, Barbara, PhD, childhood family environment and social/psychological health, research methods and statistics.
Lemm, Kristi, PhD, implicit attitudes.
Lewis, Arleen C., PhD, school counseling, sexual orientation and mental health issues.
Mana, Michael, PhD, physiological psychology, electrophysiological activity in the locus coeruleus, effects of chronic stress on the central nervous system, development of tolerance to drugs.
Manago, Adriana, PhD, adolescent and emerging adult development in the context of culture change and the Digital Age, Latino youth in the U.S. and indigenous Maya youth in Mexico, peer relations, gender and sexual development.
McLean, Kate, PhD, adolescent identity development.
Rose, Jacqueline K., PhD, molecular mechanisms of learning, memory, and plasticity.
Sampaio, Cristina, PhD, mechanisms and processes of memory, representations, memory errors, metacognition.
Sattler, David, PhD, natural disasters, social dilemmas, small group research.
Symons, Lawrence, PhD, perception
Trimble, Joseph E., PhD, social, cross-cultural

Program Advisor: Dr. Christina Byrne, Academic Instructional Center 474

Program Description

The MS Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for careers in the field of mental health and is accredited by CACREP. The program provides a general foundation in theoretical and applied perspectives which are used by mental health professionals. Special emphasis is placed on skill development, supervised practica with adults, children, and families, and on-site internships in various community and mental health clinics. Exposure to crosscultural counseling strategies is an important component of the curriculum.


The program prepares knowledgeable, skilled, culturally sensitive, and ethical professional counselors who meet the relevant licensing or credentialing standards for practice in mental health and public and private educational settings in the State of Washington.


Courses in introductory psychology and statistics and research design are required. The following courses are strongly recommended: one course in abnormal or personality; one course in social or developmental; two courses from learning, sensation, perception, motivation and physiological/behavioral neuroscience; a course in the history and systems of psychology or in philosophy of science.

Application Information

Deadlines: Program faculty will begin reviewing application materials after February 1 and will continue to review materials until the enrollment limit is reached or June 1, whichever comes first. Because maximum student enrollment in the program is limited, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application materials by February 1. Documentation of personal suitability of applications for counseling is required through a statement of purpose with specific questions and letters of reference. Top-ranked applicants will be invited to interview.

TA Deadline: To be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship, applicants must submit their application materials by February 1.

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Examination, General required; subject in psychology recommended; no test scores are required if an applicant holds an advanced degree.

Program Requirements (91 credits)

Retention Requirements

The department has requirements affecting retention in the Mental Health Counseling Program which are in addition to the Graduate School scholarship standards. Full, continuing enrollment in the required courses must be maintained. Grades lower than C- are unacceptable. More than 10 credits of C+ or lower grades removes a student from the master’s program. Any course in which an unacceptable grade is earned may be retaken only with permission of the admission/retention subcommittee, following consultation with the program advisor. It is necessary to maintain at least a 3.00 (B) grade point average for all graded work in order to be retained in the program. Retention in the mental health counseling curriculum is also dependent upon the development of professional competence in interaction with clients and other professionals. Development of professional counseling competencies is monitored and evaluated on a quarterly basis by the Counseling Program Committee of the Department of Psychology.