Marianna Branch

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

Dr. Marianna L. Branch is a Contributing Faculty Member for Walden’s School of Counseling. Dr. Branch is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Branch earned her PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Branch serves as the Treasurer for the Association for Humanistic Counseling and is a member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. In 2019, she was awarded as an AHC Emerging Leader and has served in various leadership roles at the national level. As a socially-just humanistic professional, her research interests and advocacy efforts are focused on eliminating the disparities and magnifying the voices of historically marginalized individuals. Dr. Branch is passionate about equity, inclusion, cross-cultural mentorship, and multicultural issues in counseling. Her aim is to promote personal growth, increased self-awareness, and self-empowerment in her clients, mentees, and students.

Courses Taught

COUN 6723 - Multicultural Counseling

COUN 6723 - Couples and Family Counseling

COUN 6785 - Social Change in Action


PhD, University of North Texas

MS, California State University, Fullerton

BA, University of Redlands

Public Service

Association for Humanistic Counseling, Board Member -

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development , Member -

Journal of Counseling & Development , Other -

Journal of Humanistic Counseling , Other -

Committee Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Association for Humanistic Counseling , Committee Member -

American Counseling Association , Member -

Awards / Honors

Emerging Leader Designation, Association for Humanistic Counseling, 2019

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Research Grant , Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2019

Diversity Conference Scholarship, , 2019


Line, A. V., Lenz, A. S., Warwick, L., Branch, M., Lemberger-Truelove, M. E. (2023). A Meta-Analysis of Parent-Inclusive Child Therapy Interventions for Decreasing Symptomatology. . Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Warwick, L., Lenz, A. S., Branch, M. L., Lemberger-Truelove, M. E. (2023). A Meta-Analysis of Common Factors in Child Therapy Interventions.. The Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling

Lindo, N., Ceballos, P., Blalock, S., Conner, C., Branch, M. L., Molina, C., Robinson, H. Career Construction Interview: Students’ Perceptions of a Metatheoretical Approach. Journal of Employment Counseling

Lindo, N., Li, D., Hastings, T., Ceballos, P., Werts, R., Molina, C., Branch, M. L., Laird, A. (2022). Child and Adolescent Career Construction: Lived Experiences of an Expressive Arts Group. . The Career Development Quarterly

Cartwright, A. D., Stark, M. D., Boswell, J., Branch, M. L. (2021). Black female doctoral students’ mentorship experiences in counselor education. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy

Branch, M. L., Lindo, N., Li, D. (2021). Faculty of color mentorship experiences in counselor education. Counselor Education & Supervision

Branch, M. L., Teeling, S. (2021). Cross-cultural mentoring in counselor education: A call for action. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling

Schmit, M. K., Branch, M. L., Tapia-Fuselier, Jr., J. L., Schmit, E. L. (2020). A holistic client functioning profile comparison of persons with serious mental illness. Journal of Counseling & Development


Park, C. M., Branch, M. L. (2021). Cultivating Strength and Resilience through Self-Care. Association for Humanistic Counseling

Branch, M. L. (2021). AHC Emerging Leader Program Panel. Association for Humanistic Counseling

Branch, M. L. (2020). Social Justice and Advocacy in Counselor Education. Chi Sigma Iota Phi Omicron Chi Chapter

Teeling, S., Branch, M. L. (2019). Multicultural Competence: Helping Counselors in Training Embrace their Cultural/Racial Identities and Understand the Impact on Professional Development. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision