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Rich Stapleton

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Stapleton is a Core Faculty member in the School of Counseling and is a part-time contractor with Optimae Behavioral Health in Iowa City, IA. He is a board member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and was elected to the position of board secretary in July 2021. He is Past-President of the American Counseling Association of Iowa and served as President from July 1, 2019 - June 20, 2020. He has experience working in residential treatment centers, community mental health, and private practice.

Dr. Stapleton became a contributing faculty in Walden’s College of Social and Behavioral Science in the Mental Health Counseling program, in 2016 and became Core Faculty in December of 2018.


EdD, Argosy University

MA, University of Phoenix