Priscilla Selvaraj

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Dr. Pris is an assistant professor in the department of Psychology and Counseling at Hardin-Simmons University. She joined HSU during the 2016-17 academic year after serving a year as a faculty member at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the Trinity International University at Illinois. She is a national certified counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio, and an LPC-Intern in the State of Texas. In India, Dr. Pris worked in the Institute of Mental Health (Govt. Psychiatric Hospital) as a clinical psychology intern. 

As a counselor and positive-psychology-focused counselor educator she enjoys providing authentic, compassionate, challenging and insightful support as she journeys with her clients from different ethnic background in USA and in India. Dr. Pris understands that our past has influenced our present but it need not necessarily dictate our future. She believes that with right tools, empathic support, and personal determination, we can live our lives to the fullest. In her professional career, she has provided counseling services at different places such as Counseling center at Trinity International University, University Medical Associates in Ohio University, and Recovery Council at Waverly, Ohio.

Dr. Pris’s experience in research, teaching, counseling and supervision is influenced by her passion for change through positive and creative modalities. Her research interest includes (1) studying predictors of positive mental health in schools, churches, colleges and workplaces, (2) exploring effective positive psychological interventions and initiating individual and group psychotherapy programs in serving international student communities, college students, children and geriatrics populations, and (3) innovating strategies for developing multicultural sensitive positive psychological constructs in teaching and counseling. She currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses: Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1301), Science of Happiness and Well-being, Advanced Research Methods, Advanced Group Counseling, Human Growth and Development, Counseling in Community Setting, Basic Skills in Counseling, Practicum and Internship.

Dr. Pris has received numerous awards and recognitions, and held various leadership positions in the field of counseling. She is chapter faculty advisor of Counseling honor society (Chi Sigma Iota; CSI). Dr. Pris is an active member of professional associations in the field of Counseling such as ACA, ACES, SACES, ASGW, TCA, and TACES. She has served in various panels and forums as an invited international speaker. Dr. Pris has co-authored an ASGW Substance-Abuse book and has contributed to a number of encyclopedia and journal articles. She continues to present in a wide range of regional, national and international conferences on the topics of positive psychology, positive mental health, and wellbeing.

Dr. Pris is happily married to Prasath Subramanian, and enjoys painting, traveling and cooking. They serve in New Hope Church, Abilene.  

 

Degrees Earned 

Diploma in Career and Educational Counseling, Mother Teresa University, 2008

Bachelor of Science, Triple Major: Psychology, Human Development, and Family Resource Management, Teresian College, 2010

Master of Science, Applied Psychology (Specialized in both Clinical Mental Health and Organized Psychology), Bharathiar University, 2012

Master of Business Management, Specialized in Human Resource Management, Bharathiar University, 2012

Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio University, 2015

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