Dr. Paul J. Deal
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Dr. Deal is a Nationally Certified Counselor with experience working with a diverse demographic of clients with a variety of presenting problems. His work as a clinician includes a college counseling center, an outpatient addictions program, and religious/spiritual communities. He also has extensive experience working with the families of struggling adolescents as a wilderness therapist. In addition to his experience as a clinician, Dr. Deal is active in scholarship, having contributed peer-reviewed publications, invited chapters, and presentations at the state and national level. His primary research interests focus on integrating the existential and spiritual dynamics of human flourishing in mental health counseling, particularly in the areas of meaning-making in emerging adulthood, lived experiences of sacredness in environmental justice activism, and ecotherapy. Outside the classroom, Dr. Deal enjoys dabbling in the rich cultural practices that accompany Adirondack life.