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Lesley Riley

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Riley is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden. She has over 17 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 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. 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.


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.