Melinda Haley

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
Ph.D. Counseling Education & Supervision

Melinda Haley, Ph.D., received her Master’s in Counselor Education at Portland State University (Portland OR) and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso in the Counseling and Guidance program for five years. Dr. Haley currently works as a core faculty member in the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral program at Walden. She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles on diverse topics related to counseling. She has extensive applied experience working with adults, adolescents, children, inmates, domestic violence offenders, and culturally diverse populations in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, crisis management, and intervention. Dr. Haley’s research interests include multicultural issues in teaching and counseling, personality development over the lifespan, personality disorders, the psychology of criminal and serial offenders, trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, bias and racism, and social justice issues.

Courses Taught

COUN 8001 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Counselor Education and Supervision

COUN 8110 - Professional Orientation

COUN 8120 - COUN 8120: Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership

COUN 8140 - Counselor as Scholar Practitioner

COUN 8146 - Crisis Management

COUN 8660 - Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Counseling and Human Services Professionals

COUN 8890 - Practicum

COUN 8895 - Internship A

COUN 8896 - Internship B

CPLB 803L - Pre-Practicum 2


BS, Portland State University

MS, New Mexico State University

PhD, New Mexico State University

Public Service

Community of Hope, Volunteer - Las Cruces

End22, Volunteer - Las Cruces

Underdog Express, Volunteer - Las Cruces

Awards / Honors

Dr. Peggy Kaczmarek Counseling Endowed Scholarship, New Mexico State University, 2007

Excellence in Teaching, University of Texas at El Paso, 2012

Oregon Laurels Scholarship, Portland State University, 2000


Haley, M. (2012). A tale of two cities: Globalization on the border.. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations

Haley, M. (2010). Creating a culturally responsive classroom for non-native English speaking students in non-linguistic majors. American Institute of Higher Education Conference Proceedings

E. Vera, Haley, M., Adams, E., Dickson, G., *, Hitter, T., Luna, L. (2013). Dismantling the birdcage: How counseling psychologists can prevent heterosexism (pp. 455-475).

Thompson, J., Haley, M. (2018). Human trafficking: Recommendations for preparing counselors. . International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling

Haley, M., Marin, M. R., Gelgand, J. C. Language anxiety and counseling self-efficacy. . Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Vermaas, J., Green, J., Haley, M., Rogers, L. (2017). Predicting the mental health literacy of clergy: An informational resource for counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling

Haley, M. (2010). The industrial machine and the exploitation of women: The case of Ciudad Juarez. orum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table

Marin, M. R., Haley, M. (2015). Violence along the U.S.-Mexico Border: What family and consumer science educators need to know. . The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues


Haley, M. (2011). A tale of two cities: Globalization on the border. .

Haley, M., Combs, D. (2009). Creating a culturally sensitive learning environment for non-native Englishspeaking students in counselor education. Texas Counseling Association

Haley, M. (2010). The industrial machine and the exploitation of women: The case of Ciudad Juarez.. Oxford University