College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Alejandra Chavez Stuart is a contributing faculty member in the School of Counseling. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Michigan State University, and received a Master’s in Community Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Dallas. She completed her Doctoral degree at Argosy University in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her dissertation was on the transitional relationship from companions to co-therapists: examining the human dog bond. Her research interests include Animal Assisted Therapy and Multiculturalism. She is part of the Colorado School Counselor Association as well as the American School Counselor Association. Clinical experience has centered around early childhood and childhood counseling. She has worked in schools, private practice, and clinical centers for over five years before moving into a school counselor position. She also worked in substance abuse and domestic violence briefly. Currently, she is an elementary school counselor, counselor supervisor, and previously worked as a high school counselor for two years.
She previously taught as an adjunct professor at Argosy University for two years. The topics she taught included Research and Program Evaluation, Multicultural Counseling, Assessment, Ethics and Laws, Trauma and Disaster Mental Health, and Skills. Upon graduation she entered the work force focused on school counseling.
Multicultural studies are a major part of her personal and professional experiences. She has given lectures and presentations on multiculturalism and diversity in counseling, and in the classroom at regional and national conferences. Her passion is working with counseling students to expand cultural awareness (personally and professionally), along with their skills, and knowledge. She has traveled and volunteered at an HIV/AIDS clinic and children's home in Tanzania to provide trauma related counseling. She hopes to continue to do volunteer counseling as a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer at the local, national and international levels.
As an educator, she is learner-centered, valuing the student’s strengths and ambitions. She believes in gaining real world practice through experiential learning to develop the skills, knowledge, and awareness necessary to become effective counselors and/or school counselors.