Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Professor, Core Counseling Psychology Faculty

Debra Mollen portrait

Office: CFO 705
Phone: 940-898-2317
Fax: 940-898-2301


  • Ph.D., 2004, Counseling Psychology with Gender Studies (minor) - Indiana University
  • M.A., 1998, Counseling Psychology -  University of Denver
  • B.A., 1993, Psychology (Major) Adelphi University

Courses Taught


Psychology of Women, Cross Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment


Psychology of Sexuality, Cross Cultural Psychology, Practicum, Capstone Proficiencies, Master’s Professional Issues, College Teaching

Research Interests

Women’s sexuality, Childfree women, Reproductive Justice, Multicultural Counseling, Training/Teaching Issues, and Professional Development.

Recent Publications

  • Porras, C., & Mollen. D. (in press). Annette Brodsky: Paving the way. Women & Therapy.
  • Keller, K. H., Mollen, D., & Rosen, L. (2015). Spiritual maturity as a moderator of the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and shame. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 43, 34-46. doi: 0091-6471/410-730
  • Mootz, J., & Mollen, D. (2015). The pedagogical strategies of implementing story from a feminist perspective. In K. Brakke & J.A. Houska (Eds.), Telling stories: The art and science of instructional strategy. Retrieved from the Society for Teaching of Psychology website:
  • Mollen, D. (2014). Reproductive rights and informed consent: Toward a more inclusive discourse. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), 14, 162-182. doi:10.1111/asap.12027 
  • Carter, L.W., Mollen, D., & Smith, N.G. (2014). Locus of control, minority stress, and psychological distress among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 169-175. doi: 10.1037/a0034593
  • Mollen, D., & Mootz. J. (2013). Women’s sexuality: From problems to possibilities. In D. Casteñeda (Ed.), An essential handbook of women's sexuality. (pp. 311-331). Praeger: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Ridley, C.R., & Mollen, D. (2012). An examination of newness in emerging approaches to counseling intervention. The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 1070-1077. doi: 10.1177/0011000012443290
  • Smith, N.G., Keller, B.K., Mollen, D., Bledsoe, M., Buhin, L., Edwards, L.M., Levy, J.L., Magyar-Moe, J.L., & Yahushko, O. (2012). Voices of early career psychologists in Division 17, the section of counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 794-825. doi: 10.1177/0011000011417145
  • Mollen, D., Smith, N.G., Levy, J.L., & Magyar-Moe, J.L. (2012). Privilege and belonging: The quest to make the society of counseling psychology more welcoming. The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 856-867. doi: 10.1177/0011000012443857
  • Long, S. L., Mollen, D., & Smith, N.G. (2012). College women’s attitudes toward sex workers. Sex Roles, 66,117-127.
  • Ridley, C.R., & Mollen, D. (2011). Training in counseling psychology: An introduction to the major contribution. The Counseling Psychologist, 39, 793-799.
  • Ridley, C.R., Kelly, S., & Mollen, D. (2011). Microskills training: Evolution, reexamination, and call for reform. The Counseling Psychologist, 39, 800-824. 
  • Ridley, C. R., Mollen, D., & Kelly, S. (2011). Beyond microskills: Toward a model of counseling competence. The Counseling Psychologist, 39, 825-864.
  • Ridley, C. R., Mollen, D., & Kelly, S. (2011). Counseling competence: Implications and application of a model. The Counseling Psychologist, 39, 865-886.
  • Mollen, D., Kelly, S.M., & Ridley, C.R. (2011). Therapeutic change: The raison d'etre for counseling competence. The Counseling Psychologist, 39, 918-927.
  • Vinson, C., Mollen, D., & Smith, N.G. (2010). Perceptions of childfree women: The role of perceivers. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20, 426-432.
  • Mollen, D., & Stabb, S. D. (2010). Women’s sexuality and meaning-making. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 23, 295-320.
  • Stabb, S. D., Mollen, D., Cruz, C., Simonson, K., Vyas, A., & Brucker, K. H. (2010). Five therapists’ personal and professional reflections and integration. In A. Mahoney and O. M. Espin (Eds) Sin or salvation: The relationship between sexuality and spirituality in psychotherapy (pp. 41-57). New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Mollen, D., & Ridley, C. R. (2010). Cross cultural counseling. In C.S. Clauss-Ehler (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology (pp. 341-347). Springer.
  • Mollen, D. (2009). In defiance of compulsory mothering: Voluntarily childfree women’s resistance. In G. MacDonald & E. Faulkner (Eds.), Victim no more? Women resisting the label of law (pp. 138-151). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Press.
  • Domingue, R., & Mollen, D. (2009). Attachment and conflict communication in adult romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 678-696.
  • Mollen, D. (2009). In defiance of compulsory mothering: Voluntarily childfree women’s resistance. In G. MacDonald & E. Faulkner (Eds.), Victim no more? Women resisting the label of law. [city]: Fernwood Press.


  • Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, TWU Graduate Student Council (April 2016).
  • Selected to participate in the 2015-2016 American Psychological Association (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology(Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
  • 2014-2016 APA Division 17 Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW), Chair-Elect (2013-2014); Chair (2014-2016); Past-Chair (2016-2018)
  • Co-chair, revisions for the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women
  • 2013-2014 Graduate Dean Search Committee, Member
  • 2013-2014 Faculty Awards Committee, Chair
  • 2012-2014 Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee
  • 2011-2012 Student Research Award Coordinator, APA Division 17 Section on the Advancement of Women (SAW)
  • 2010-2012 Program Chair, APA Division 17 Section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues (SLGBTI)
  • 2009 TWU - Mary Mason Lyon Award, Winner                 

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