M.A. Counseling Faculty

Areas of Emphasis:
   -Marriage, Family, and Child (MFT)
   -Clinical Mental Health (LPCC)

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Palo Alto University Master's programs faculty bring academic and professional experience to the classroom. Many teach the same classes on campus and online.

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M.A. Counseling faculty bring strong backgrounds in family therapy, child/adolescent development, clinical practice, counseling, violence prevention and other disciplines that are the basis of practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

The following individuals represent core faculty for the M.A. Counseling program. These are partial lists of the instructors students work with as they pursue a Master’s degree at Palo Alto University. Each name below is linked to the faculty member’s bio.

Core Faculty, Residential

William Snow, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Counseling

  • Ph.D. in Social Welfare
  • Selected interests: research and program evaluation, professional identity, career development theories, social justice and, organizational leadership

Tim Baima, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Clinical Training Director

  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Selected interests: family, child/adolescent and home-based therapy; violence prevention and intervention

Martha Chiu, Ph.D., Director of Academic Affairs for the Global Online M.A. Degree Program in Counseling, China

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • Selected interests: improvement of mental health services for culturally diverse populations around the world

Margaret Lamar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: research education, researcher development, ethics, professional identity

Megan Speciale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education (CACREP)

Karen Roller, Ph.D., MFT

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Selected interests: attachment, somatic psychotherapy

Core Faculty, Remote

Aaron Henderson,  M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Social justice, multicultural counseling

Jenny Ju, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling (CACREP)

Scott Hinkle, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems

Sheri Pickover, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Education- Counseling (CACREP)

Adjunct Faculty

Tyler Kimbel, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: School counseling; counselor education; research and program evaluation

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