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Dr. Paul J. Deal

Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Co-Chair of Counseling & Human Services

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 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, a co-authored book, grant-funded projects, invited chapters, and presentations at the state and national level. His primary research interests focus on integrating the existential and psychospiritual 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, spiritual and religious cultural competency, and ecotherapy. Dr. Deal is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher. He enjoys supporting his students with the integration of mindfulness practices in his classes, and in their self care and counseling sessions. Outside the classroom, he enjoys dabbling in the rich cultural practices that accompany Adirondack life.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland
    • M.S., Loyola University Maryland
    • B.A., Eastern University
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