MA in Counseling Faculty

Masters in Counseling professor and student posing for a photo at graduation at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA


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MA in Counseling faculty bring strong backgrounds in family therapy, child/adolescent development, clinical practice, counselor education 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 MA in 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.

William Snow, PhD

  • Chair, Department of Counseling
  • PhD Social Welfare
  • Selected interests: Research and program evaluation; professional identity; career development theories; social justice; organizational leadership

Tim Baima, PhD, MFT

  • PhD Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Selected interests: Family therapy; child/adolescent therapy; violence prevention and intervention; issues related to poverty; trauma, loss and oppression; home-based therapy

Szu Yu (Darlene) Chen, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT

  • PhD Counseling (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Play therapy; play-based teacher intervention; multicultural counseling and supervision

J. Kelly Coker, MBA, Ph.D, LCMHC, BC-TMH, NCC

  • Director, MA in Counseling Program
  • PhD Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Assessment and accreditation in counselor training; clinical supervision; counseling with children and adolescents

Scott Hinkle, PhD

  • PhD Counseling Psychology and Human Systems
  • Selected interests: Marriage, child and family counseling; psychodiagnosis; research

Jennie Ju, PhD, LPC

  • PhD Counseling 
  • Selected interests: Family dynamics; human development; narrative therapy; diagnosis and treatment planning; multiculturalism; cultivating human resiliency

Margaret Lamar, PhD

  • Ph. Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Research education; researcher development; ethics; professional identity; career; theory; master’s/doctoral research

Karen Roller, PhD, MFT

  • PhD Clinical Psychology
  • Selected interests: Trauma assessment and resolution; compassion fatigue prevention; attachment; somatic psychotherapy, outreach

Donna S. Sheperis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC

  • PhD Counselor Education (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Ethics; research; assessment; CMHC foundations; research emphasis in diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; best practices in online learning

Megan Speciale, PhD

  • PhD Counselor Education (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Feminist and queer perspectives of counseling; issues related to LGBTQQIA populations; sexuality counseling and education; community-based and participatory action research

Wendy Wade, PhD, LPCC

  • PhD Clinical Psychology
  • Selected interests: Addiction and its effects on families; psychopharmacology; psychological testing; developmental psychology; religion and psychology

Cristen Wathen, PhD, LPC (MT), LPC (ID), NCC

  • PhD, Counselor Education (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Child sexual abuse and trauma; qualitative research, pedagogy and experiential learning, international counseling, counselor development

Donya Wallace, PhD, NCC, LPC

Shreya Vaishnav, PhD

  • PhD Counselor Education (CACREP)
  • Selected Interests: Racial microaggressions; social justice advocacy; multicultural counseling; mentoring students from marginalized backgrounds

Clark Ausloos, PhD, LPC, LPSC, NCC

  • PhD, Counselor Education
  • Selected interests: LGBTGEQIAP+ issues; trans* issues; diversity preparedness of CIT’s; leadership and service; counselor education pedagogy/androgogy; college counseling; creativity in counseling
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