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  • School of Human Service Professions

    • Robert J. Bruce Graduate Studies Building
    • tel: 610-499-4351
    • fax: 610-499-4217

School of Human Service Professions


interim dean robin dole

Robin Dole

Dr. Robin Dole is the dean for the School of Human Service Professions.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Human Service Professions are highly respected with accreditations by national organizations ensuring students receive the best available educational experience.

Taught by world-renowned faculty members recognized for their excellence in teaching and clinical expertise, programs provide hands-on real-world experience and skills development that are essential for success as a practitioner and educator.

From undergraduate senior projects and doctoral dissertations, to experiential learning at our various clinics and centers, all Widener students have the opportunity to make unique contributions to their respective fields. Students can even join faculty around the globe during our annual study abroad experiences, which have included collaborative projects and interdisciplinary study in China, the Netherlands, Chile, Italy, and Ireland.


#1 MSW90% PsyDTop 40 Clinics

Graduate Clinical Psychology

Our clinical psychology program is the longest-running doctor of psychology (PsyD) program in the United States and offers specialized tracks, including neuropsychological assessment, school psychology, forensic psychology, and organizational development.

Coursework and supervised experiences follow the “scholar-practitioner” model and prepare students to combine science and research with a clinical experience. The program uniquely features 4th- and 5th-year guaranteed paid internships as well as hands-on experience at university-based service centers, including the Biofeedback Clinic, Child Therapy Clinic, Neuropsychology Assessment Center, and Organizational Development Services.

The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Explore our clinical psychology programs.


The Center for Education prepares aspiring and experienced teachers to meet the educational needs of the future. Students may pursue bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees as well as several post bachelor certifications. With a focus on real-world application, students can participate in unique, hands-on field experiences with the Widener Partnership Charter School, Widener Child Development Center, local school partnerships, and study abroad opportunities.

Explore our education programs.

Human Sexuality

Leading the way in human sexuality studies, our programs prepare future and current professionals to teach, consult, provide counseling and therapy, and conduct research on the complexity of human sexuality.

Students may pursue either the MEd or PhD degrees in human sexuality studies, as well as dual degree programs with social work (MSW/MEd or MSW/PhD) and graduate clinical psychology (MEd/PsyD). Real-world experience is a cornerstone of the curriculum which includes in class inductive learning and active training techniques, community supervised field experience, research opportunities with the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative, and study abroad.

Explore our human sexuality studies programs.

Physical Therapy

Widener's highly experiential, three-year doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) program provides students with the tools and resources to graduate as exceptionally competent clinicians. 

Throughout the program, students complete four full-time clinical rotations under supervision of licensed physical therapists and are able to gain direct clinical experience giving back to the local community through the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, the national model for student-led and student-staffed pro bono clinics.

The Institute for Physical Therapy is accredited by the the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Explore our physical therapy programs.

Occupational Therapy

Widener’s doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program prepares students for leadership roles by providing interprofessional, experiential, and clinical opportunities; faculty mentorship; and a culture of leadership and community engagement.

Throughout the three-year program, students gain first-hand experience through one part-time and three full-time clinical experiences. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with the student-run, pro bono Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic.

Explore our occupational therapy program.

Social Work Education

Students in the Center for Social Work Education can obtain bachelor of social work (BSW), master of social work (MSW), and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees with the option to receive dual degrees, including an MSW and MEd in human sexuality and MSW and PhD in human sexuality. Programs are offered on campus as well as through our #1 ranked online MSW program.

Our programs provide the academic preparation and hands-on experiences needed to develop the professional skills necessary to affect positive change in the lives of disadvantaged populations and communities. Social work students can complete fieldwork and help the lives of vulnerable adults, families, and children in the surrounding area at the Widener-run pro bono  Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) and Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults (CSVA).

The Center for Social Work is accredited by the the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Explore our social work programs.

To learn more about degree opportunities within the School of Human Service Professions at Widener, contact our Admissions Office.