Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, part of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

Sandro Sodano.

Sandro Sodano, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo

Thank you for visiting our website and taking time to learn about our Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology (CSEP). I sincerely appreciate your interest. The mission of CSEP is to inform and influence the fields of education, counseling and psychology through scholarship. This includes generating knowledge, providing consultation and offering hands-on care to individual adults and children. We teach students to use evidence-based training that allows them to think critically and creatively. Our graduates are positioned to make meaningful contributions to schools and universities, mental health centers, hospitals and other social institutions. We strive for students to be impactful.

We offer graduate degrees at both the master's and doctoral levels and advanced certificates, through a number of programs that use on campus and online platforms to accommodate diverse needs.

If you are considering doctorate education, I encourage you to visit links for CSEP’s PhD programs: counseling psychology/school psychology and educational psychology and quantitative methods. These links provide detailed information on the programs, including curriculum overviews, training approaches, and application procedures and deadlines. Please note that our combined counseling psychology/school psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

If you are considering master’s degree education, I invite you to visit our programs in educational psychology and quantitative methods, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and school psychology. You can click on these links to explore details about these vibrant programs and what they have to offer. For example, you will discover that our school psychology program is certified by the National Association of School Psychologists; that there is strong job growth projections in the field of rehabilitation counseling, and that our program is fully accredited by New York State and the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs; and that graduates of our mental health counseling program are license-eligible in New York State. I invite you to look over these programs, discover and ask us questions. We want to hear from you.

I appreciate that many of you are especially in scholarship and counseling strategies involving mindfulness. This has been considered to be a “third wave” in psychotherapy. If you are considering the study of mindfulness, please visit the link for our advanced certificate in mindful counseling for wellness and engagement. This is a tremendous educational opportunity involving theory and hands-on application.

Please also visit the link for the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, which is housed in our department. The mission of this center is to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes and behaviors of educators, parents, students and society. Students may have the opportunity to engage in innovative and highly significant research working with the center’s leadership.

Finally, I am proud to draw your attention CSEP’s undergraduate minor in counseling. This minor is a pre-professional series of courses that prepares students for entry-level positions in social service agencies or for graduate studies in counseling, psychology, social work or a related helping profession. We are delighted by the popularity of this undergraduate minor at the University at Buffalo.

Thank you for exploring CSEP opportunities as they relate to your interests and needs. I hope you will decide to study with us. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, educators, clinicians and trainers. Our exceptional staff and coordinators are dedicated to working with students in fostering outstanding education. An appreciation for theory and practice, and striving to make real-world impact, are central to what we do. The education and training of students is a tremendous honor and opportunity for our department. We hope to hear from you.

Sandro Sodano, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor