College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Deborah Fenton-Nichols has been teaching in higher education since 2004 and is Walden University Contributing Faculty for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision with dissertation research focused on clinical supervision in community corrections. She has a master’s degree in Counseling and is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado and as a national Master Addiction Counselor. Her clinical experience began in 2004 focusing on addictions, criminal conduct, and mental health issues. Additionally, she maintains a current private practice providing counseling and clinical supervision. Dr. Nichols is a Colorado Office of Behavioral Health approved trainer for individuals seeking Certified Addiction Counselor certification and licensure in Colorado. She has presented at national and state conferences for the American Counseling Association, NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals, Colorado Counseling Association, and Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals. Dr. Nichols served as national Chair of the Student Membership Committee for NAADAC 2018-2019. She served on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals from 2012 to 2018 and as a conference committee member for CAAP and NAADAC. Dr. Nichols is the recipient of the Colorado Counseling Association Outstanding Advocacy Award 2014-2015 in recognition of her leadership, advocacy, contributions, and sustained commitment to the community and Colorado Counseling Association.