College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
G. Michael Szirony, PhD, NCC, CRC, is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Walden University. Having graduated from Kent State University with a doctorate in counseling and human development, and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, he completed his training in medical hypnoanalysis at Northeast Ohio Medical University and his doctoral internship at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. He is a recipient of the National Rehabilitation Associations JPD Research Award and has served in leadership positions in academia as well as in counseling associations. In addition, he is a long term member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Humanistic Counseling, and studied at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Dr. Szirony has published articles and book chapters on counseling, COVID, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and distance education, has presented at national and state conferences. He has held faculty positions at Kent State University, Ohio University, and at UA. He managed a private practice for several years.
COUN 6722 - Counseling & Psychotherapy Theories
COUN 6024 - Advising Forum
COUN 6101 - Foundations in Counseling
GRPL 6100 - Group Lab
COUN 6336 - Crisis, Trauma & Disaster Response
CPLB 601L - Pre-Practicum 1
BA, Ottawa University - Ottawa, KS United States
MEd, Kent State University - Kent, OH United States
PhD, Kent State University - Kent, CO United States
Awards / Honors
Faculty Excellence Award, 2010
Faculty Excellence Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2010
Researcher of the Year Nat'l Rehabilitation Association, 2009
Szirony, G. M., Pack, T., Kushner, J., Curl, T. (2009). Alternate form or alternate media: A question of reliability?. Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal.
Stephanie Huffman, Szirony, G. M., Boden, C. (2011). Changing course management systems: A preliminary investigation of student perceptions, characteristics, and attitudes regarding distance education in transition.
Szirony, G. M., Burgin, J., Pearson, L. (2008). Hemispheric laterality in music and math. Learning Inquiry.
Pack, T., Szirony, G. M. (2009). Predicting readiness to return to work in a population with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Pack, T., Roessler, R.T., & Szirony G.M., Szirony, G. M. (2009). The impact of substance use disorder on employment outcomes of people with physical and sensory disabilities. Rehabilitation Counselors & Educators Journal.
F. T. Leong, Szirony, G. M. (2008). Transactional analysis.
Szirony, G. M., Kushner, J., Pack, T. (2010). An integrated model of supervision.
Garner, W., Szirony, G. M. (2008). Counseling the difficult client.
Szirony, G. M., Ortega, R., Pack, T., Garner, W. (2010). Flash: Easy enhancements to your Blackboard course using Camtasia Flash video.
Szirony, G. M., Kushner, J. (2010). Helpful tips and practical applications teaching counseling online.
Szirony, G. M., Jabben, M. (2004). Medical Information for Rehabilitation Professionals.
Kushner, J., Szirony, G. M., Maldonado, J. (2011). Parallel lives: Preserving the uniqueness of the counseling profession while teaching and learning in an online format.
Kushner, J. D., Szirony, G. M. (2012). Quality of life and employment in persons with MS.
Szirony, G. M., Pack, T., Garner, W. (2008). Student Perceptions of Distance Education in an Online Rehabilitation Counseling Program.
Szirony, G. M., Murray, G., Dickerson, L., Garner, W., Kippers, S. (2007). Student perceptions of distance learning.
Pack, T., Szirony, G. M. (2007). Substance Use Disorder.
Szirony, G. M., Kippers, S., Pack, T. (2009). The therapeutic alliance, SPA, and REBT: Three ways to improve counseling skills.
Szirony, G. M., Pack, T., Boden, C. (2008). Web directed learning.