NEWS RELEASE: Pace announces new Ph.D. in mental health counseling; first in New York State

In fall 2013, Pace will offer its first Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Ph.D. will be in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree program in New York State.

Pace University Breaks Ground with First Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Department of Psychology opens a new chapter in Pace University’s 107-year history: in fall 2013, it will offer Pace’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree.  The Ph.D. will be in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree in New York State.  The program will be offered on the Pleasantville, New York, campus.

The program, housed in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to provide master’s-level students with advanced professional training, the support needed to produce research and scholarship, and in-depth scholarly training.  Graduates of the program will emerge as highly-skilled therapeutic practitioners, researchers, supervisors, mental health counseling professors/educators, or professional representatives of the discipline.

“Doctoral-level mental health counselors bring a depth and breadth of understanding to their work with clients as practitioners, as well as to the research of new therapeutic modalities,” said Rostyslaw Robak, Ph.D., chair and professor of psychology on the Pleasantville campus.  “The program will enrich our graduates’ ability to work successfully with clients and to develop new ways to treat mental health conditions that have the potential to significantly advance the field of mental health counseling.”

Mental health counseling is a profession distinct from disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology and social work.  It focuses on preventive therapies, marriage and family counseling and career counseling.  Data from the Department of Labor shows that job growth in the mental health counseling sector is expected to significantly grow – by 37 percent – from 2010 to 2020 as health insurance companies increasingly cover counseling services and as the population grows overall.  As the sector expands, this program will help to open the doors to leadership careers for its graduates.

“The psychology department is very well positioned to provide PhD-level training of the highest standards.  Our accomplished faculty has rich experience and brings a wealth of scholarly research in the field to the program,” said Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

The Ph.D. program is open to applicants with a master’s degree in mental health counseling or a closely-related field.  The program offers teaching, research and administrative assistantships with partial tuition remission.

To learn more about the program, call Graduate Admission at 914-422-4283 or email gradwp@pace.eduVisit the website at

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology (Pleasantville campus): A leader in the field of education and professional training, the Department of Psychology (Pleasantville campus) offers Bachelor of Art degrees in Psychology; Applied Psychology and Human Relations; Biological Psychology; and Personality and Social Psychology.  It also offers a 36-credit Master of Science degree in Counseling and a 60-credit Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, a prerequisite for New York State counseling licensure.  Both faculty and alumni hold key leadership positions in the New York Mental Counseling Association (NYMCA).   In 2013, Pace will become the only university in the state of New York to offer a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mental Health Counseling.   Visit

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit

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