College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mark D. Stauffer, PhD, NCC, is a core faculty in the mental health counseling program at Walden University. He specialized in couples, marriage, and family counseling during his graduate work in the Counselor Education Program at Portland State University where he received his master’s degree. He received his doctoral degree from Oregon State University, Department of Teacher and Counselor Education.
As a clinician, Dr. Stauffer has worked in the Portland Metro Area in Oregon at crises centers and other non-profit organizations working with low income individuals, couples and families, homeless adults and youth. He has studied and trained in the Zen tradition, and presents locally and nationally on meditation and mindfulness-based therapies in counseling. His research interests are focused on Eastern methods, East-West collaboration, nature connection/deep ecology, climate crises, and climate justice.
He has served as co-chair of the American Counseling Association International Committee and as President of the Association of Humanistic Counseling (AHC, 2018-2019). Dr. Stauffer was a Chi Sigma Iota International fellow and was awarded the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Emerging Leaders Training Grant as well as the US President's Volunteer Service Award. He organized and co-chaired the AHC 2019 conference: Counseling in the age of climate change, international collaboration, and cross-cultural action. He is AHC Humastic climate response committee and the ACA climate change workgroup.
Dr. Stauffer has co-edited several other textbooks in the counseling field: Group Counseling (2019) Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions (2017); Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications (2006, 2012), Foundations of Addictions Counseling (2008, 2012, 2016), Foundations of Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling (2015), Foundations of Group Counseling (2017), and Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span: Applications for Counselors (2016).