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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Clinical Psychology
In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

Program Information > Concentrations


 PsyG Concentrations

The MA in Psychology and Education provides students in the General Track with the ability to concentrate their credits in a particular area of study. These concentrations are designed to accommodate the special interests and strengths of students by allowing them to focus on a particular are of sub-specialty. In order to qualify for one of these areas of concentration, you must be enrolled in the General Track (PsyG).

There are SEVEN areas of concentration being offered: a) Research Methods; b) Child & Family; c) Spirituality & Contemplative Practices; d) Training in Underserved Populations; e) Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Perspectives; f) Global Mental Health & Trauma; g) Sexuality, Women, & Gender. The total requirement for a concentration is 12 credits.

A) Research Methods: This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of quantitative procedures in psychological research. Courses will focus on the methods of research design and statistical inference/mathematical modeling. This concentration helps students to work as highly competent researchers. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5533 plus THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Randall Richardson is the head of this concentration.

B) Child & Family: This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of children, families, and developmental processes. This concentration has two fundamental areas of emphasis: i) child development; ii) the family in context. This concentration orients students to the challenges of working with children and their families. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5034 plus THREE additional courses from the list below. Tota l = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Susan Bodnar is the interim head of this concentration.

C) Spirituality Mind Body: This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of the role of spirituality and contemplative practices (e.g., meditation) as contributors to mental health and well-being. This concentration fosters competency in exploring the essential spiritual principles and practices of human experience within the context of illness and healing. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5045 plus THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Lisa Miller is the head of this concentration.

A Master’s Degree in General Psychology

Spirituality Mind Body, Summer Intensive:
Our summer intensive welcomes mid-career professionals and adults arriving into a new chapter of personal and professional direction.  Summer Intensive hosts an immersion experience at the union of spirituality and psychology.  This concentration combines the academic rigor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia with spiritual exploration and evolution personally and professionally. 

We include as our pedagogical space the summer life of New York City, a great spiritual and cultural center of the world. We explore practices and approaches to better nourish the mind, body, and spirit, from the outside in and from the inside out.  Our students are exposed to some of the latest advances in the scientific study of consciousness.

People with personal mission, to include leaders, activists, educators, psychologists, therapists, and adult interested in gaining understanding of themselves and others, the program will help you develop tools to connect more deeply with family, friends, colleagues, clients—and mostly importantly—yourself.

More information about the summer intensive.

Application Requirements
Please apply to the MA in General Psychology through admissions: 
Once you have applied, email the Summer Intensive Director, Sarah Sherman with a brief notification email sharing you name and contact information for a Skype or telephone interview.  In this email we ask that you also include an attachment with a supplemental 3-5 page personal narrative describing your anticipated resonance with the Summer Intensive approach to an MA, and sharing your current personal and professional journey.
 All applicants and application materials will be given a holistic review.  Life experience is valued and welcomed.  Participants will not be selected exclusively based on academic credentials.

Contact Us
If you would like to inquire to find out more or have any questions email Sarah Sherman at

D) Community Psychology & Integrative Health Services: Formerly known as "Training in Underserved Populations" this area of focus has been reenvisioned to prepare students to improve services for underserved populations within their specialized contexts. This concentration enables students to seek out work settings that serve the growing numbers of patients facing barriers to mental health treatment due to aging, illness/disabilities, incarceration, addiction, poverty, globalization, etc. The ONE requirement is CCPX 4010  plus THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Dinelia Rosa is the head of this concentration.

E) Psychotherapy & Psychoanalytic Perspectives: This area of focus prepares students to deepen their understanding of the various psychotherapeutic perspectives and their styles of intervention. Students will sample theories of contemporary and classical therapeutic orientations so they may one-day train to become psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. Upon graduation, students may pursue this training within doctoral programs (e.g., Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs), psychoanalytic institutes (many now have licensure tracks ), or another LMHP Licensure track Masters (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner). This concentration is for those who wish to one-day focus on direct patient contact and the treatment of individuals through psychotherapy and counseling theories and techniques. The ONE requirement is CCPX 4038 plus THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Barry Farber is the head of this concentration.

F) Global Mental Health & Trauma: This concentration provides coursework in two closely associated fields: global mental health and trauma. Courses offer exposure to the topics below. There are TWO requirements for this concentration: CCPX 5010 AND CCPX 4060. Please choose TWO additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Drs. Helen Verdeli and George Bonanno are the heads of this concentration.

  • Longitudinal and prospective studies: of individuals’ reactions to adversity and their cross-sectional context; risk and protective factors for various forms of resilient outcomes; basic research in cognitive and emotional processes that inform adjustment
  • Assessment: of local idioms of distress, mental health needs and attitudes towards illness and treatment in regions around the world; Development and psychometrics of new and validation of existing symptom and functioning scales; Definition and development of metrics of individual and community-level resilience
  • Intervention: training in principles and strategies of evidence-based psychotherapies relevant to GMH and trauma exposure for  prevention, treatment, implementation/dissemination; Adaptation for cultural relevance and manualization of psychosocial interventions; Design and implementation of clinical trials and program evaluations; Ethical conduct of cross-cultural research with vulnerable populations; Development of e-tools and knowledge management for quality improvement
  • Policy: Country-wide mental health situational analysis; Partnering with government and non-government stakeholders to develop and implement mental health policy

G) Sexuality, Women, & Gender: This area of focus prepares students to envision and implement the next wave of theories and practices to improve well-being of persons with the above identities. Students will sample and apply women, gender, and sexuality theories to better understand the psychological and social lives of understudied groups such as women, LGB and Transgendered persons. This concentration is also relevant to the study of the human development of gender differences and roles ("masculinities/feminities"), sex and intimacy, reproductive and maternal mental health, and violence against women (VAW), among others. The ONE requirement is CCPX 4125 OR CCPJ 4180. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Aurelie Athan is the head of this concentration.


If you are satisfied with the concentration, other departments throughout TC and Columbia University are likely to have related coursework. You are free to continue to build upon your area of interest as long as you are on track to fulfill the PSY-G track or PSY-G concentration requirements. It is also recommended to secure a fieldwork placement and to focus your Special Project in the selected area of concentration.

The combination of coursework, research/fieldwork, and writing experience allows students to acquire the necessary background to prepare them for longer-term career opportunities consistent with their chosen sub-specialty. Choosing a concentration can assist students to find well-matched opportunities upon graduation.


A) Research Methods
CCPX 5533: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I (3)
  • CCPX 5534: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II (3)
  • HUDM 4050: Introduction to Measurement (3)
  • HUD 4120: Methods of Empirical Research (3)
  • ORL 4009: Understanding Behavioral Research (3)
  • HUDM 4122: Probability and Statistical Inference (3)
  • CCPX 4199: The Practice and Research of Psychology (3)
  • HUDM 5122: Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • HUDM 5123: Linear Models and Experimental Design (3)
  • HUDM 5124: Multidimensional Scaling and Clustering (3)
  • HUDM 6026: Statistical Treatment of Mass Data (3)
  • HUDM 6122: Multivariate Analysis I (3)
B) Child & Family
CCPX 5034: Child Psychopathology (3)
  • CCPX 5040: Development & Psychopathology: Atypical Contexts & Populations (3)
  • CCPX 4126: Mother-Child Matrix: Developmental & Clinical Implications (3)
  • HUDK 4021: Developmental psychology: Infancy (3)
  • HUDK 4022: Developmental psychology: Childhood (3)
  • HUDK 4023: Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3)
  • HUDK 6036: Child & Family Policy I (3)
  • HBSK 5031: Family as a Context for Child Development (3)
  • ITSF 5005: Interdisciplinary Study of the Family (3)
  • ITSF 4034: Dynamics of Family Interaction (3)
C) Spirituality & Mind/Body Practices
CCPX 5045: Psychotherapy, Religious Diversity, and Spirituality (3)
  • CCPX 4039: Non-Traditional Psychotherapies (3)
  • HUDK 5028: Spiritual Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Jung: Theory and Practice (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Mind-Body Medicine (3)
  • CCPX 4199: TBA (Several added every semester)
D) Community Psychology & Integrative Health Services
CCPX 4010: Social Problems for Clinical Psychologists (3)
  • CCPX 4040: Psychological Testing & Assessment
  • CCPX 4199: Introduction to Health Psychology (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Geriatric Mental Health
  • CCPX 4150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3)
  • CCPX 4032: Assessment/Treatment of Alcohol/Chemical Dependence (3)
E) Psychotherapy & Psychoanalytic Perspectives
CCPX 4038: Comparative Psychotherapies (3)
  • CCPX 4035: Personality & Behavior Change (3)
  • CCPX 4037: Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3)
  • CCPX 4120 Psychotherapy through Fiction and Film (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Jungian Analysis in Theory and Practice (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Technology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy (3)
  • CCPX 4542: Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Thought (3)
  • CCPX 5033:The Evolution of Freud’s Psychological Theories (3)
F) Global Mental Health & Trauma
CCPX 5010: Introduction to Global Mental Health (3) AND CCPX 4060: Loss & Trauma
  • CCPX 4037: Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Interventions and Mechanisms of Trauma (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Community Disaster Response (3)
  • CCPX 4199: Policy and Advocacy (3)
  • CCPX 5020: Cognition, Emotion, Culture & Health (3)
  • ORL 5524: Instrument Design and Validation - Seminar (3)
  • CCPX 5532: Clinical Issues: Families from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • CCPX 5033:The Evolution of Freud’s Psychological Theories (3)
  • CCPX 5533: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (3)
G) Sexuality, Women, & Gender
CCPX 4125: Women & Mental Health (3) or CCPJ 4180: LGBTQ Issues
  • CCPX 4199: LGBT Mental Health (3)
  • CCPX 4126: Mother-Child Matrix (3)
  • CCPX 4036: The Psychology of Human Intimacy (3)
  • CCPJ 4199: ISS Reconstructing Gender: Transgender Experiences (3)
  • A&HF: Gender & Violence (3)
  • A&HF 4199: Media & Gender (3)
  • C&T 4032: Gender, Difference & Curriculum (3)