MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology


William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey



Please visit us at the following locations and events for additional information



Master's in Clinical & Counseling Psychology  

 Graduate Admissions Open House 

 University Commons 

 August 20th, 2015, 5-7 pm


For questions and/or inquiries, email:

      Angelica Aceti, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at: 

Phone: (973) 720-3500


Dr. Pei-Wen (Winnie) Ma, Director      









Clinical Training Suite and Research Labs

 Clinical Research is being conducted in a variety of areas including:

Anxiety disorders in children and adults, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Minor TBI, Depression, Dementia, Normal Aging, Pediatrics,Coping with Cancer, Multi-culturalism and a variety Neurologic/Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Contact us for additional information about participation or our research.

Phone: (973) 720-3629


Note: The structure, requirements, policies and procedures of the M.A. Program are subject to change without prior notice.

The Graduate Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is housed in new and renovated facilities in Science Hall-East. These facilities include modern clinical, research and teaching spaces, in addition to a state-of-the-art  "Clinical Teaching Suite" for training, monitoring, recording and conducting clnical sessions, a "Graduate Testing and Teaching Room" and a "Graduate Study and Informal Learning Space".

If you would like to visit us and tour the facilities please use the contact information above.



The Clinical and Counseling Psychology program at William Paterson University is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of December 2004 through June 2015.


The Graduate Program provides a clinical and research experience that emphasizes both a theoretical and applied perspective with sensitivity to ethical and cross-cultural issues. In addition to our traditional strength in clinical and counseling psychology, we also have strengths in the areas of health psychology, cross-cultural psychology and in neuropsychology. Our focus is and will be on understanding, preventing and treating disorders, diseases and dysfunctions that compromise mental and physical health by fostering knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis, etiology and biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the onset, progression and consequences of these disorders across the lifespan at the individual and group level.

Moreover, we are committed to attracting highly qualified individuals with excellent academic skills who have clinical, applied or human services experience or demonstrate potential in becoming competent, caring and ethically responsible clinicians and/or researchers.


We seek to train clinicians and  professional counselors who are ethically, socially, and culturally sensitive; who are well-trained and competitive in pursuing their career aspirations; and who are motivated to continue learning and furthering the development of their skills throughout their professional careers. Toward this end, the program:

1. Emphasizes the ethical responsibility of practitioners to be knowledgeable and up-to-date in their understanding of behavior, psychopathology, health-related behaviors, therapeutic applications, and research on new or evolving interventions and techniques; to continually improve and re-examine their sensitivities to social and cultural issues among clientele; and to know their limitations and seek consultation, supervision or referral as appropriate.

2. Gives priority to the highest level of program and course content in teaching, clinical supervision and research and in helping to provide and support quality internship experiences in order to enhance student learning and training.

3. Enhances knowledge and skills and emphasizes the importance of research, continuing education and informed interpretation of new findings and approaches. Courses stress the value of critical thinking, reflection, intellectual independence, scholarship and an appreciation for staying current with research and appropriately evaluating research relevance for everyday life activities.

4. Requires the student to submit either a comprehensive master’s project (in which he or she presents a clinical project in writing and integrates relevant empirical, theoretical, social, ethical, cultural, diagnostic and therapeutic issues in the discussion) or a research project that makes an original contribution to the literature.


Our program provides a foundation for developing clinical, counseling and research competencies that emphasizes both theory and application from a biopsychosocial and cross-cultural perspective.

We offer a core 48-credit program. Students can take 12 additional elective credits (total of 60 credits) in the summer for those individuals wishing to pursue LAC/LPC credentials or who seek in-depth background in an area(s) of interest.

The program is appropriate for individuals who are interested in the following areas:

1) Clinical and Research Careers: Clinical work with a Master's degree only, can be performed under licensed supervision in agencies, clinics, hospitals, government, for-profit or not-for-profit industry and research can be conducted in varied government, for-profit or not-for-profit settings.

2) Re-specialization: In the areas of clinical  and research skill development.

3) Psychometrist: a program of study that would support eligibility for certification as a psychometrist (a professional who administers and scores psychological and neuropsychological tests under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist).This certification requires students to pass a national examination and meet the required number of supervised hours and

4) Doctoral Program Preparation: A theoretical, clinical and research foundation for pursuing a Doctoral degree in the area of Clinical and/or Counseling Psychology and related areas.

5) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): Academic and clinical work completed in this program plus 12 additional credits in appropriate areas, completion of all state mandated requirements and passing the appropriate examinations may satisfy the requirements for the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials.  


Graduates and interns have served in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, community mental health clinics, wellness centers, health maintenance facilities, local, regional, national and international health care organizations, group homes, drug treatment facilities, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities and gerontology programs. Under proper licensed supervision, graduates of our program are able to conduct assessments; provide clinical and health-related services to individuals, groups and families using appropriate diagnostic and intervention techniques; participate in institutional and organizational research projects at the Master’s level and work on an elective basis with a variety of populations (e.g., chronic and acute diseases and disorders, children, adolescents, the elderly, the severely mentally ill, the neurologically impaired, substance abusers, and others). It should be noted that in order to become a “Psychologist”, a Doctoral-level degree is required and licensing by an appropriate state licensing board.


We will provide a pedagogically and clinically sound program that prepares our students for careers as Master’s level clinicians, researchers and/or psychometrists. Graduates will be trained so that they can provide clinical services under licensed supervision, work as researchers or in human services, teach at the university level or seek certification as psychometrists. In addition, the program will offer a unique foundation for candidates pursuing doctoral-level study.Students may opt to complete this program on either a full-time (two years including summers) or part-time basis (three to five years).


The program will try to provide sufficient flexibility so that students can pursue a graduate education while they balance other roles in their lives. Courses will be offered in consecutive time slots 2 to 3 days per week, Practicum placements are arranged individually. Students may opt to complete this program on either a full-time (two years) or a part-time basis.However, if part-time be aware that each course is offered during a particular term, and that not all courses are available at all times Please contact us regarding your particualr circumstances. We hope to provide distance learning (eLearning) opportunities for select courses.

It is strongly recommended that full time students not be employed for more than twenty hours per week.  This program is rigorous and places heavy demands on the students' time. Students should very carefully plan their various personal and professional responsibilities, so that they can make the most of their training without undue pressure.


The minimum requirements for admission to the program are:

1. A bachelor's degree and transcript from an accredited college or university.

2. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all degree work.

3. A 50th percentile score or higher on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination, taken within the last five years, is required of all applicants.

4. A personal statement that addresses ALL of  the following:

  1. What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
  2. What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
  3. Why does this program represent a good fit for you?

5. A curriculum vitae

6. Three professional recommendations from individuals who know you well. (preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas).

7. An undergraduate background that includes the following courses:

- General Psychology

- Abnormal Psychology

- Statistics or Research Methods/Experimental Design

- Developmental Psychology

8. An interview will be required (or an alternative where an on-site interview is not feasible).

9. We strongly recommend that applicants who have aspirations for Doctoral-level work or who have  specialized clinical and/or research interests should review faculty background, clinical and research experience in order to identify professors with whom they would like to work.

Deficiencies in preparation may be made up in consultation with the Program Director and Graduate Admissions Committee

As part of the application process, a criminal background check will be completed. Generally, students must be formally admitted into the program in order to take our courses. However, non-matriculated students may, under special circumstances, be allowed to enroll in Graduate courses.

A maximum of 6 credits from an accredited institution can be transferred at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Application Deadline:

The priority deadline for applications is March 1st for the Fall semester but applications will be accepted until May 1st. Applications after this deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send original copies of all  materials to the Graduate Admissions Office.


The Office of Graduate Admissions provides Assistantships for select and highly qualified students. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions regarding assistanships.


Program Structure

The Core required courses are organized into two tiers: the foundational courses and advanced courses. Foundation courses should be completed before taking more advanced courses. Graduates complete a 48-credit core curriculum, including supervised fieldwork experience. Students have the option of completing an additional 12 credits of elective courses if they wish to pursue the LAC/LPC credentials.

Core Required Courses (48 credits):


                        Foundation Courses:

                        PSY 6040 Research Methods and Evaluation (4)

                        PSY 6180 Psychotherapy Theories (3)   

                        PSY 6400 Psychopathology (3)            

                        PSY 6410 Cultural and Social Issues in Counseling Practice (3)

                        PSY 6700 Introduction to Clinical Practice I         (3)

                        PSY 6710 Introduction to Clinical Practice II (3)

                        PSY 6720 Ethics and Professional Orientation (3)

                        PSY 6500 Psychological Assessment I (3)         


                        Advanced Courses:                 

                        PSY 6420 Group Interventions (3)                                  

                        PSY 6510 Psychological Assessment II (3)        

                        PSY 6090 Developmental Psychopathology (3)

                        PSY 6730 Career and Lifestyle Development (2)

                        PSY 6810 Brief and Time Effective Interventions (3)                               

                        PSY 6840 Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)

                        PSY 6900 Clinical Practicum I (3)                                   

                        PSY 6910 Clinical Practicum II (3)


            Elective Courses

                        PSY 5940 Cognition and Affect (3)

                        PSY 5950 Biological Basis of Human Behavior (3)

                        PSY 6100 Human Development (3)        

                        PSY 6190 Psychodynamic Theories (3) 

                        PSY 6450 Health Psychology (3)

                        PSY 6800 Family Therapy: Theories and Practice (3)                  

                        PSY 6820 Gerontology (3)                    

                        PSY 6830 Substance Abuse Interventions (3)

                        PSY 5900 Human Neuropsychology (3) 

                        PSY 7000 Independent Study (2-3)

                        PSY 5990 Special Topics (2-3 credits)   





Jane Austin, M.Ed., Ph.D.

B.A. Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

M. Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. New York University, NY, NY

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

Specializes in health psychology, trauma, and women's issues. She has a number of publications  and she has presented at national conferences.


Office: Science Hall, Room

Phone: (973) 720-2472   


Laura Cramer-Berness, Ph.D.

B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

M.A. Binghamton University - SUNY, Binghamton, NY

Ph.D. Binghamton University - SUNY, Binghamton, NY

Licensed Psychologist (NJ)

Specializes in clinical and pediatric psychology. Her research interests include coping with chronic illness, the social and emotional effects of chronic illness, infant/child pain behaviors, and parental influences on pediatric illness.  Her research has been conducted in  multiple settings including outpatient clinics and children's hospitals.  She has a number of publications and has presented at national conferences.  A practicing clinician, she is the founder of a private practice specializing in children, adolescents, and parenting. 


Office: Science Hall, Room 2320

Phone: (973) 720-3936                   



Bruce J. Diamond, M.Ed., Ph.D.

B.A. The Ohio State University

M.Ed. Smith College

Ph.D. University of Manchester, UK

NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Licensed Psychologist (NJ)

Specializes in clinical neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation and cognitive neuroscience. His research uses  standardized and computer-based measures including brain imaging/ autonomic techniques in order to examine memory, executive function, attention, information processing and mood in clinical and healthy populations. A practicing clinician, he has published extensively and he has presented at numerous national and international conferences. For additional information  on research  opportunities follow link below or paste in browser:


Office: Science Hall, Room 2462B

Phone: (973) 720-3400


Pei-Wen Winnie Ma, Ph.D.

B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA

M.A. University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Ph.D Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in Asian American career development and mental health. Her research investigates psychological risk and protective factors associated with the well-being of ethnic minority groups and immigrant children, youth, and their families. Her research program has implications to advance the theory and clinical service for underserved populations. A practicing clinician, she works closely with the Chinese immigrant community in New York City. She has a number of publications and has presented at numerous national conferences.



Office: Science Hall, Room 2058

Phone: (973)720-3403


Carrie Masia, Ph.D

B.A.  Binghampton University

Ph.D.West Virginia University

NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in anxiety disorders  and interventions in children and adolescents in clinical and non-clinical settings. She has published extensively in the area of empirically-based interventions  for pediatric anxiety and is a national and international expert in this areas.


Office: Science Hall-east, Room 2034

Phone: (973), 720-2614


Jan Mohlman, M.S.,  Ph.D.

B.A. University of  California, Los Angeles,  LA, CA

Ph.D University of  Oregon, Eugene, OR

Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in understanding the etiology, course and treatment of anxiety disorders across the  life-span and in investigating brain-behavior relationships in psychopathology. A practicing clinician, she has published extensively and she has numerous conference presentations.


Office: Science Hall, Room

Phone: (973)720-3397 


Robin Nemeroff, Ph.D.

B.A. Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Ph.D. Columbia University, NY, NY

Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in community interventions, mind-body approaches to well-being and lifespan issues. A practicing clinician, she has published a number of articles and chapters and presented at national conferences.


Office: Science Hall, Room 2530

Phone: (973)720-2249


David Rivera, Ph.D.

B.A. University of  Wyoming

Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, NY

Specializes in issues impacting the marginalization and health of people of Color and sexual minorities, such as the manifestation and impact of microaggressions. A practicing clinician, he has published and presented at national conferences.


Office: Science Hall, Room 2050




Kathleen Torsney, Ph.D.

B.A. Georgetown University, Washington, DC

M. Ed. Columbia University, NY, NY

Ph.D. Columbia University, NY, NY

Licensed Psychologist (NJ)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

Specializes in gerontology, addictions, serious and persistent psychiatric disorders, and neuropsychology. A practicing clinician, she has also published and presented at national and international conferences.


Office: Science Hall, Room 2620

Phone: (973) 720-3395