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PhD in Couple and Family Therapy

Program Overview

Program Mission 

The Drexel PhD in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program is a scholar/practitioner research program that prepares students for a variety of leadership roles in couple and family therapy.

Our goal is to develop the next generation of couple and family therapy scholars with expertise in diversity, self of the therapist, research and social justice.

Program Philosophy and Description

The PhD curriculum in Couple and Family Therapy is based on the Doctoral Curriculum set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Students are trained from a couple and family systems perspective using both cultural diversity, social justice theory and evidenced informed practices as programmatic anchors. A major goal of the program is to graduate scholars with a knowledge base to effectively serve underserved and marginalized individuals, couples and families and communities through education, research and clinical services. The education and training experience has the following components:

  • Theory
  • Research
  • Policy
  • Teaching, Clinical and Supervisory Skills
  • Self of the Therapist
  • Cultural Diversity and Social Justice

Clinical training with a diverse client population affords students the opportunity to deal with a full range of individual, couple and family problems that impact underserved populations. Our PhD program is structured around a research mentorship approach. Each year a limited number of faculty members accept doctoral students. All accepted students are assigned a faculty mentor prior to beginning the program. With the occasional unforeseen circumstance, your research interest should be somewhat aligned with the faculty mentor.

What you'll learn

The PhD in Couple and Family Therapy curriculum prepares students to serve a culturally diverse society.

Graduates of this program go on to develop successful careers in academia, health care administration, private practice, research and behavioral health.

What makes the Drexel PhD in Couple and Family Therapy program unique?

  • Commitment to underserved populations and focus on health disparities.
  • Applicants are matched with CFT faculty based on research interest.
  • Mentored research and clinical training with experienced and internationally recognized CFT faculty.
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Teaching experience and practicum.

About the Mentoring Model

Our program is a mentoring model.  Each year a limited number of faculty members accept doctoral students.  You should confirm that the faculty members that you are interested in doing research with are taking applicants prior to completing your essay for admission into the doctoral program. Your research interest should be somewhat aligned with the faculty that you are interested in working with.

PhD in Couple and Family Therapy Faculty Mentors


The program is not accepting current applications.
We do anticipate interviewing candidates in 2021-2022.


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