Chet LesniakEducation

PhD, New York University; MA, New School for Social Research; BA, University of Akron

Research Interests

Diversity and multiculturalism; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; alternative and nontraditional forms of psychological intervention; marriage, couple, and family counseling; spirituality and psychotherapy; applied clinical neuropsychology


Dr. Lesniak teaches courses in Walden’s Ph.D. in Psychology program’s Counseling Psychology specialization. He is a licensed psychologist in Florida, Massachusetts, and New York. In addition to working in private and group practices, he has served as a provider, evaluator, and consultant in agencies, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and the judicial system. He has held a number of positions ranging from staff psychologist to clinical director. These roles gave him the opportunity to work with various clients across the life span, including individuals, couples, families, and groups. Dr. Lesniak served as a faculty member for undergraduate and graduate programs in both clinical and counseling psychology. He is currently in the National Register of Psychologists and serves as a co-chair of the American Psychological Association (APA). Through the American Red Cross and the APA Disaster Network, he provides mental health support in times of disaster.