Taunya Marie Tinsley, DMin, PhD, NCC, LPC

Director of the Graduate School of Counseling

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Dr. Tinsley has a wealth of experience providing appropriate personal and academic growth opportunities for those seeking to become professional master’s degree-level counselors as well as for those helping professionals seeking advanced or specialty areas of training and development in multicultural education and counseling, spiritual and Christian interventions, and sports counseling/athlete development. Dr. Tinsley spent nine years at California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator for the Sports Counseling Certificate Program. Most recently, Dr. Tinsley served as the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and Associate Professor at Waynesburg University where she led the program through the CACREP-Accreditation application process for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

In addition to providing academic and administrative services, Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Tinsley has also managed to stay active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. Dr. Tinsley served as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics as well as the secretary of the organization as a whole. Additionally, she served as the North Atlantic Regional Representative for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), the President of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association, and the President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network. Dr. Tinsley will begin her term as a board member for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) as well as begin her term as AMCD President-Elect on July 1, 2018. She will begin serving as the AMCD Development President on July 1, 2019.


Certificate in Missional Theology, Biblical Theological Seminary

BA in Business Administration, Augsburg College

MA in Higher Education Administration & College Student Development, University of Iowa

DMin, United Theological Seminary

PhD, Duquesne University

Areas of Expertise

Multicultural and social justice issues in counseling, ministry, supervision, and research

Multicultural training and organizational development

Spiritual and Christian interventions in counseling, supervision and research

Sports counseling

Youth, adolescent, and adult development through sports

Selected Publications

Forster-Scott, L., Tinsley, T.M., Ng, K., Withycombe, J. L., & Poudevigne, M. (2017). “Diversity in sport psychology assessment”. In Jim Taylor (Ed.), Assessment in sport psychology consulting. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, Inc.

Tinsley, T.M., & Prentice, J. (2016). “Is pastoral theology still relevant in an age of modern psychology?” In K.C.A. Mattis & M.G. Maness (Eds.), Testamentum Imperium (Can You Hear Me Now? Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World), 5(2016). Retrieved from www.preciousheart.net/ti/2016

Tinsley, T.M., & Walker, A.S. (2014). “Career development interventions with intercollegiate student-athletes”. In G. Eliason, T. Eliason, J. Samide, J. Patrick (Eds.), Career Counseling Across the Lifespan: Counseling for Community, Schools, Higher Education, and Beyond. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Petipas, A.J., & Tinsley, T.M. (2013). “Counseling interventions in applied sport psychology”. In J.L. Van Raalte & B. W. Brewer (Eds.), Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Tinsley, T. M., & Curtis, W.H. (2009). “A counselor and a pastor’s collaborative effort to develop a culturally appropriate counseling center within a predominately African-American church”. The Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 10(1), 33-47. (Peer Reviewed)

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