Donna S. Sheperis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC, Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider

Palo Alto University Faculty Donna_Sheperis, Ph.D.


Associate Chair for Clinical Training

Contact Information:
(409) 781-8949




Ph.D., Counselor Education (CACREP), University of Mississippi (2005)  M.Ed., Counseling (CACREP), Delta State University (1990)  BBA, Marketing, University of Mississippi (1986) 


Donna Sheperis, PhD. joined PAU in 2016 and currently serves as a Full Professor, Associate Chair for Clinical Training, Chair of the PAU Faculty Senate, and Co-Chair of the PAU Institutional Review Board. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi and her masters in Counseling from Delta State University. Donna has taught for land based and online programs since 2000. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and Texas; a Board Certified Counselor; a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor; an Approved Clinical Supervisor; and a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider with 30 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling settings. 
Dr. Donna Sheperis is active in the counseling profession. She is past-president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and on the Ethics Appeals Committee for the American Counseling Association. She serves on the ACA Ethical Appeals Committee. Previously, Donna served as chair of the ACA Ethics Committee. She also serves on the Ethics and Bylaws committees for the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is active in scholarship and research as well with multiple articles in peer reviewed journals. In addition, she has authored multiple book chapters and textbooks including Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice for Pearson Publishing; Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor for SAGE Publishing; and Foundations of Substance Use and Addiction Counseling: Principles and Applied Practice for Cognella Publishing (in press).


Areas of Interest:

Ethics; research; and assessment teaching emphasis. Research emphasis in best practices in online learning and clinical practice.

Selected Publications:

Books:  Sheperis, D.S., Henning, S., & Kocet, M. (2016). Ethical decision making for the 21st century counselor. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  Sheperis, D.S. & Sheperis, C. J. (Eds.) (2015). Clinical mental health counseling: Fundamentals of applied practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson  Book Chapters: 
Sheperis, D.S. (2020). Supervision in clinical mental health settings. In B. Flamez and A.S. Lenz Practical Approaches to Clinical Supervision Across Settings. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Haddock, L.R. & Sheperis, D.S. (2019). Group therapy for treatment of addictions. In D. Capuzzi & M. Shaffer (Eds). Foundations of Addictions Counseling (3rd ed). Allyn & Bacon
Sheperis, D., Perepiczka, M., &  Limoges, C. (2018). Career Assessment. In D. Capuzzi & M.D. Stauffer (Eds.) Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications (3rd ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Sheperis, D.S. & Lopez, B. (2016). Counseling children of poverty in B.T Erford (Ed.) Professional School Counseling: A Handbook of Theories Programs and Practices (3rd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed
Perepiczka, M., Sheperis, D.S, & Moore, R.O. (2016). Online research. In C. Sheperis & R.J. Davis (Eds.). Online Counselor Education: A Guide for Students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  Sheperis, D.S. & Perepiczka, M., (2016) Reviewing the literature. In C. J. Sheperis, J. S. Young, & M. H. Daniels (Eds.) Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Single Subject Design. (2nd ed). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.