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Lesley Riley

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Riley is a contributing faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden. She has over 16 years of experience in counselor education and supervision. She earned a master’s degree in secondary school guidance and a doctorate in counselor education from the University of South Carolina. In addition to teaching, Dr. Riley’s research interests include autism advocacy and counseling interventions for families with children diagnosed with autism. Dr. Riley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor. She maintains a private practice where her clinical areas of focus include depression, anxiety, family dynamics, career transitions, and counselor supervision.


PhD, The University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC United States

MEd, The University of South Carolina - Columbia , SC United States

BA, Yale University - New Haven, CT United States


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 ethcially appropriate counseling interventions for familes with children with autism spectrum disorder.. Southeastern Training Institute.