Community PsychologyMaster 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

The University of New Haven offers one of the oldest graduate programs in community psychology in the country. For more than 40 years, we have successfully prepared graduates for professional careers in mental health and related human services fields.

We provide a distinctive applied psychology education. We offer three program concentrations – community-clinical services, program development, or forensic psychology – that enable our students to tailor the curriculum to meet their individual needs and professional goals.

You’ll learn to apply different psychological and social sciences theories and approaches to understand and impact the complex forces that influence individual and community behavior and well-being.

The program allows students to simultaneously complete their degree, obtain practical experience, work full-time or part-time, and meet financial obligations. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, and classes are offered during evening hours to accommodate working students.

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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Our alumni have held leadership positions in youth services bureaus, community centers, child development programs, municipal services, state agencies, healthcare systems community action programs, and advocacy organizations.

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
  • Developing knowledge in counseling, psychotherapy, group, and family treatment; personality assessment; case management and client advocacy; crisis intervention, primary and secondary prevention; organizational consultation, program planning and development, agency and program administration, networking and interagency collaboration; research and evaluation; community development and social change

Graduates of our program are well-prepared to pursue doctoral work in community psychology, clinical psychology, and related fields. Students planning on pursuing a doctoral program may elect to write a thesis as part of their program of study.

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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Community Psychology Scene

The latest issue of “CP Scene,” the official newsletter of the University’s master’s degree program in community psychology, features spotlights on current students, profiles on alumni, and a recap of our students’ participation in the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual conference.

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