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Cynthia Walley

Assistant Professor of School Counseling

Dr. Walley earned a doctorate in Counselor Education, specializing in adolescent mental health, from Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia and a master’s degree in Counseling from Augusta State University. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans.


As a counselor educator and professional counselor with attention to multiculturalism within teaching, research, and advising, Dr. Walley has taught a variety of CACREP core area courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels both to traditional and non-traditional age students of diverse backgrounds. The courses taught include Family Therapy/Guidance, Counseling Skills, Professional Issues in School Counseling, Interpersonal Relations, and Intervention and Advocacy for Children. She has also facilitated play therapy workshops to students and professionals as part of a nine-month series of play therapy training. In addition to teaching, Dr. Walley has provided individual and group supervision for practicum and internship students in various counseling programs (e.g., School Counseling, Community/ Mental Health Counseling). She believes it is imperative to focus on multicultural aspects with students in order to broaden their perspectives about the counseling process as well as the training/clinical relationship. She seeks to broach the ways in which cultural difference impacts assessment, interventions, and the counselors’ clinical judgment, and is committed to helping the students to develop the skills needed to achieve academic and professional excellence.


Dr. Walley’s research interests are child and adolescent mental health issues and school counseling. Specifically, she is interested in substance abuse, play therapy, self-injurious behavior, counselor preparation, and misdiagnosis issues. Currently, she is involved in a program evaluation involving the development and implementation of the Promoting Healthy Relationships Seminar for counselors and counselor trainees, as well as a collaborative research project/workshop pertaining to healthy relationships for adolescent females. Thus, her research is geared towards training counselors to attend to the complex needs of adolescents. Currently, Dr. Walley has several manuscripts in review pertaining to adolescent substance abuse, adolescent dating violence, and two related to the mental health role of school counselors.

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