• School of Human Service Professions

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

School of Human Service Professions


dean paula silver

Paula Silver

In addition to leading the School of Human Service Professions, Dr. Silver is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Widener Partnership Charter School and has been instrumental in forging the University’s international academic partnerships.

The School of Human Service Professions presents you with the opportunity to develop your skills while helping the community and adding to your personal and professional accomplishments.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are highly respected with accreditations by national organizations, including the Council on Social Work Education, American Psychological Association, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Our faculty members are recognized for their excellence in teaching and expertise in their fields.

From senior projects at the undergraduate level to dissertations at the doctoral level, all Widener students have the opportunity to make unique contributions to their respective fields with the assistance of world-renowned professionals. Students may also take advantage of study abroad educational experiences, including collaborative projects with Chongqing University in China and interdisciplinary study in the Netherlands, Chile, Italy, and Ireland.

Our professional graduate programs provide you with experience that is essential for success in four fields:

Graduate Clinical Psychology

Our clinical psychology program is the longest-running doctor of psychology (PsyD) program in the United States. Our full-time course of studies and supervised experiences are intended for the “scholar-practitioner” and prepare students who seek to combine science and research with a clinical experience. The program uniquely features 4th- and 5th-year guaranteed paid internships and is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. A variety of specialized tracks are available, including neuropsychological assessment, school psychology, forensic psychology, and organizational development.

PsyD students offer psychological and counseling services to the community through the:

Human Sexuality

Our human sexuality programs prepare future and current professionals to teach, consult, provide counseling and therapy, and conduct research in a variety of settings on complex issues related to 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). 

Physical Therapy

The physical therapy program is a three-year full-time program leading to the doctor of physical therapy (DPT).  This highly experiential program provides four full-time clinical rotations under supervision of licensed physical therapists and prepares competent clinicians for contemporary practice. Throughout their time in the program, students are able to gain direct clinical experience and give back to the community through participation in the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, the national model for student-led and student-staffed pro bono clinics.

Social Work Education

The Center for Social Work Education offers the degrees of bachelor of social work (BSW), master of social work (MSW), and doctor of philosophy (PhD). For students also interested in human sexuality studies, the center offers two dual degree programsMSW and MEd in human sexuality and MSW and PhD in human sexuality. At whatever level of study, 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. In addition to the programs offered on the Main Campus, the MSW program is also available online.

Social work students provide pro bono professional services for vulnerable adults, families, and children through the Social Work Counseling Services.

Widener University’s School of Human Service Professions allows you to begin making a difference on the way to meeting your career goals.