Lesley Riley

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Riley is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden. She has over 18 years of experience in counselor education and supervision. She earned a doctorate in counselor education, a master's degree in secondary school guidance from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Riley's research interests include autism advocacy and improving access to mental health services. Dr. Riley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor. She maintains a private practice where her clinical focus areas include depression, anxiety, family dynamics, career transitions, and counselor supervision.


PhD, The University of South Carolina

MEd, The University of South Carolina

BA, Yale University


Riley, L. D., Rouse, G. G. (2015). Promoting wellness in human services training: Infusing a wellness model across the undergraduate human services curriculum.. Journal of Human Services

Rouse, G. G., Riley, L. J., Barnes, N. (2016). Integrating a wellness and career model to effectively work with military women veterans in career transition. Career Convergence


Riley, L. J. (2018). Fostering resilience in families with children with autism spectrum disorder.. The American Counseling Association(ACA)

Riley, L. J. (2019). Meeting families where they are: Using ethically appropriate counseling interventions for families with children with autism spectrum disorder.. Southeastern Training Institute

Riley, L. J. (2021). Foundations of Clinical Supervision.. Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia