Doctoral Program

Why Study Counseling Psychology at TWU?

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TWU's counseling psychology doctoral program is the only program with an explicitly feminist orientation in the nation. Our dedicated faculty are committed to developing practitioners with a strong understanding of individuals within their gendered and sociocultural contexts. Social justice and advocacy are highly valued and practiced.

After graduation, our program alumni have advanced into careers as mental health practitioners, social justice advocates, professional leaders and researchers. They also have been consistently recognized for excellence in the local, regional, national and international communities they serve.

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Alumni Spotlight: Noelany Pelc (Ph.D. 2016)

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“I am eternally grateful for the rigorous training, personalized mentorship, and meaningful personal journey that I began at Texas Woman’s University. Not only are the faculty, staff and students exceptional and industrious, but the passionate emphasis on feminist, social justice, and multicultural principles are unparalleled, in my experience.”

Noelany Pelc, Ph.D., Online Academic Program Director, Seton Hall University

Lessons Learned

“My career path is forever unfolding. I have found myself taking unforeseen detours to explore new areas, and trying on new roles and hats that I had never anticipated. I am fortunate to have received training across different dimensions of my counseling psychology identity that prepared me to launch a full career—detours, pit stops, new destinations and all. While each new semester unfurls new identities and opportunities, the grounding of mentorship and strong colleagues has been invaluable.” -Noelany Pelc

About Noelany Pelc

Dr. Noelany Pelc graduated from the TWU Department of Psychology and Philosophy in 2016 with her PhD. in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York and currently serves as the Academic Director of Online Graduate Programs for the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University. Her clinical expertise is in working with women and children who were survivors of trauma and relational violence, particularly as those experiences intersect with marginalized and disenfranchised identities. She has gone on to work with Latina community outreach and crisis intervention in the Chicagoland area of Illinois. Dr. Pelc's research interests have explored the perception of the American Dream, considering its roots in the Protestant Work Ethic and the fluidity of its definition over time. She has examined variables related to intergenerational differences by immigration cohort, ethnic group, age, national identity, perception of Americanness, and outgroup derogation within changing political and historical climates.


Please contact Sally D. Stabb, Ph.D., Director of the Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology
Office: CFO 703 | Phone: 940-898- 2149 | Fax: 940-898- 2301 | Email:


APA Accredited: June 1995

For information on accreditation, please visit the APA website.
Or contact them at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978

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