Community Psychology

Master of Arts

“The opportunities the University of New Haven presented to me allowed me to build my professional identity as a practitioner and a researcher,” said Victoria Benson ‘17 M.A., who interned at the Yale School of Medicine and is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.

Help Solve Complex Human Challenges

For more than 40 years, the University of New Haven Master’s Program in Community Psychology has successfully prepared graduates for professional careers in mental health and related human services who have held leadership positions in youth service bureaus, community centers, child development programs, municipal services, state agencies, health care systems, community action programs, and advocacy organizations.

You’ll follow in their footsteps by pursuing a concentration in either community-clinical services, program development, or forensic psychology and learning to apply different psychological and social science theories and approaches to understand and impact the complex forces that influence individual and community behavior and well-being.

Melissa L. Whitson, Ph.D.

Dr. Whitson has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in community psychology at Yale. Her research centers on examining risk factors, protective factors, and services that affect mental health outcomes for low-income children and families and the implications for prevention and intervention.

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You’ll prepare for the future by:

  • Learning and training to prevent and treat psychological problems, with an emphasis on interventions within social institutions, organizations and groups, as well as directly with individuals
  • Focusing on community analysis, consultation, program development, administration and evaluation
  • Gaining internship experience at a human service organization or in a community setting
  • Learning to apply your knowledge to enhance and enrich individuals, families, groups, institutions and entire communities
  • Preparing for professional licensure -- our program offers 45 of the 60 credits needed for a professional counseling license
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