Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Radford University's Doctor of Psychology Program.  We hope the material on the various pages helps you get a sense of us and what we have to offer.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr. Sarah Hastings, at the following address:

Department of Psychology
Radford University
Box 6946
Radford, VA 24142

Program Overview

Radford University offers an APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology with a focus on rural mental health and additional emphases on cultural diversity, social justice, and evidence-based practice in psychology. The Psy.D. degree in Counseling Psychology is designed for persons interested in careers as psychologists in mental health settings and institutions where clinical supervision and the direct application of counseling, therapy, and psychological assessment are required. The program follows the practitioner-scholar model with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice. Students will complete a 2,000 hour internship approved by the program faculty. Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, in a human services field, where they provided face-to-face counseling services by August of the year in which they wish to enroll in the Psy.D. program.

The program was accredited by the American Psychological Association as of June 21, 2012. The next site visit will take place in 2016. 

The Program is listed in the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards / National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Doctoral Programs Meeting Designation Criteria (see  for information about the Designation program). The Program’s listing can be found at

Many potential applicants are, understandably, interested in what sort of financial package we offer students. In the past,  all admitted students received graduate assistantships and tuition remission provided they were enrolled full-time in classes on campus, maintained good academic standing, and received positive assistantship evaluations.


Recent Accomplishments

Congratulations to the third year cohort who matched with the following APPIC member internship sites for 2016-2017!

Sarah Abercrombie, Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Center (APA-accredited)

Crystal Hank, College of William & Mary Counseling Center (APA-accredited)

Sarah Rimmer, Virginia Tech Cook Counseling Center (APA-accredited)

Savannah LeBarre, Federal Correctional Complex-Terre Haute, IN (APA-accredited)


Conference Presentations

Students and faculty will be presenting at the American Psychological Association Convention in Denver, CO in August 2016. The following research presentations have been accepted

Barbir, L. A. (2016, August). Geographic location and cisgender attitudes and behavioral intentions toward transgender individuals. Poster presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Barbir, L., Vandevender, A.W., & Cohn, T. (2016, August). Social Contact, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions of Cisgender Heterosexuals Toward Transgender Individuals. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Lee, N., Evans, I., Sanders, P. (2016, August). Meta-analysis of EFT clinical trails. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Syme, M., & Cohn, T. J. (2016, August). Describing and predicting sexual risk among community-dwelling older adults. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.


Students, faculty, and alumni have presented research at a variety of professional conferences over the past several months. Below is a sampling of their work.


Burkhart, J., & Riding-Malon, R. (2016, April). Seeking help from clergy in the aftermath of trauma: A literature review. Poster presented at the 2016 Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Regional Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 

Burkhart, J., & Joyner, J. (2016, April).  The Impact of the Hoffman Report on counseling psychology programs.  Poster presented at the 2016 Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Regional Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 

Brooks, B. D., Kaniuka, A., Cohn, T., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015, October). Sexual orientation and suicidal behaviors in college students: Are thwarted interpersonal needs to blame?  Poster presented at 2nd annual LGBT in the Academy conference, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Evans, I., Cottrell, E., & Turk, R. (2016, April). Emphasis of self-care in APA accredited counseling psychology doctoral programs.  Poster presented at the 2016 Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Regional Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Glass, J., Hastings, S. L., Cohn, T. J., Pierce, T. (2016, March). Navigating family relationships while coming out in rural communities: A qualitative analysis. Poster presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Goldstein, A., and Luci, K. (2016, April). ACT for caregivers telephone workshop. Presented at the Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA.

Joyner, J., & Turk, R., Cottrell, E., Evans, I., & Burkhart, J. (2016, April). The development of the hookup motivations and participation survey (HMPS). Poster presented at the 2016 Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Regional Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Kaniuka, A., Brooks, B. D., Cohn, T., & Hirsch, J.K.  (2015, October). Autonomy, competence and relatedness: Are thwarted basic psychological needs the link between sexual orientation and suicidal behaviors?  Poster presented at 2nd annual LGBT in the Academy conference, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Riding-Malon, (2015, September). Resilient Kids-Evaluation summary. Paper presented at the

        Philippi International Conference, Windhoek, Namibia.

Vandevender, A. (2016, April). Clergy knowledge of trauma and intervention with rural churchgoers. Poster presented at the 2016 Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Regional Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Professional Publications

Dr. Nick Lee is anticipating the release of a chapter on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy to be included in the book Case Conceptualization in Couple Therapy published by Routledge.

Alumna, Dr. Jackie Mullins and faculty member, Dr. Sarah Hastings, are anticipating the summer release of a contribution to the book Keeping Reflection Fresh: Top Educators Share Their Innovations in Health Professional Education, published by Kent State Press.

Dr. Pei-Chun Tsai has two articles accepted in The Counseling Psychologist:

Liu, T., Wong, Y. J., & Tsai, P.-C. (Accepted). Conditional Mediation Models of Intersecting Identities among Female Asian International Students. The Counseling Psychologist.

Wei, M., Tsai, P.-C., Lannin, D. G., Du, Y., & Tucker, J. R. (2015). Mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and counseling self-efficacy: Hindering self-focused attention as a mediator. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 39-63.


Dr. Tracy Cohn has collaborated with students to publish the following articles and chapters:

Syme, M., Cohn, T. J., & Barnack-Tavlaris, J. (accepted, November 2015). A Comparison of Actual and Perceived Sexual Risk among Older Adults: Are they accurate? Journal of Sex Research.

Casazza, S. P., Ludwig, E., & Cohn, T. J. (2015). Heterosexual Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Toward Bisexual Individuals: Does Geographic Area Make a Difference? Journal of Bisexuality, 532-553.

Syme, M., & Cohn, T. J. (2015). Examining Aging Sexual Stigma Attitudes Among Adults By Gender, Age, and Generational Status.  Aging and Mental Health, 1-10.

 Love, M. M., Smith, A. E., Lyall, S. E., Mullins, J. L., & Cohn, T. J. (2015).  Exploring the relationship between gay practice and empathy among mental health professionals.  Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 83-96.

Curtin, L., Cohn, T. J., & Belhumer, J. (in press, 2015).  Suicidal Behavior in the Rural Population.  In D. A. Lamix & N. J. Kaslo (Eds.), Suicide: Epidemiology, role of psychological disorders and challenges of intervention, Nova Science Publishers.

Stroup, J., Glass, J., & Cohn, T. J. (2015).  The adjustment to U.S. rural college campuses for bisexual students in comparison to gay and lesbian students: An exploratory study.  In M. Pallotta-Chiarolli (Ed.), Bisexuality in education: Erasure, exclusion and the absence of intersectionality (102-121).  New York: Routledge.


Drs. Sarah Hastings and Tracy Cohn published the following chapter:

Hastings, S. L., & Cohn, T. J. (2015). Social Development and Relationship Enhancement. In R. Hetzel, L. Marks, & J. Wade (Eds.), Positive psychology on the college campus, (239-260). Oxford University Press.

Honors, Blogs, Newsletters, and Service

Alissa Goldstein was awarded a Southern Gerontological Society Student Support Scholarship and presented at Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA.

Alissa has also contributed two articles to professional newsletters

Goldstein, A. (2015). Acknowledgement and generosity in social psychology. In The Psychogram: The Voice of Clinical Psychology in the Commonwealth, 40:2.

Goldstein, A. (2015). Health psychology’s beginning and future. In Counseling for Health, 59. 

Sarah Abercrombie and Alissa Goldstein were awarded the Eleanor Kemp Student Research Award by the Gender Studies Center of Radford University.

Anna Vandevender serves as the Campus Representative for APA Division 35, the Society of the Psychology of Women, and contributed two articles to the FemPop Blog, maintained by Div. 35. She also coordinated two campus outreach events, including the Women’s History Month Slam Poetry Night and Dogs against Dating and Domestic Violence. Her blog posts can be accessed below


Lara Barbir serves as the APA Division 38 campus representative and she has been selected as the Region 5 Coordinator of the Student Affiliates of Seventeen. Lara served as a reviewer for submissions to two conferences, the APA Student Poster Session and the Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference.


Several students presented to an undergraduate ethics class on the role of a professional ethical code in psychological practice and to the Psychology Club on graduate training in psychology.

Barbir, L., Casazza, S., Goldstein, A., Ludwig, E., & Vandevender, A. W. (2016, March). Professional ethics in counseling psychology. Oral presentation to Radford University undergraduate ethics class.

Ludwig, E. & Vandevender, A.W. (2016, February). Counseling Psy.D. Program. Oral presentation to Radford University undergraduate Psychology Club, Radford, VA.


As we mentioned above, the Radford University Psy.D. Program is now accredited by the American Psychological Association. If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA via the following means:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978
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