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Marianna Branch

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program 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.


PhD, University of North Texas - Denton, TX United States

MS, California State University, Fullerton - Fullerton, CA United States

BA, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA United States

Public Service

Association for Humanistic Counseling, Board Member

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development , Member

Journal of Counseling & Development , Editorial Review Board Member

Journal of Humanistic Counseling , Ad Hoc Reviewer

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


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.