Shalini Mathew
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

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Ph.D. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

M.Phil. Martin Luther Christian University

M.S. Mahatma Gandhi University

B.S. Mahatma Gandhi University




Dr. Shalini Mathew is an assistant professor, field coordinator and Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) liaison for the master’s in counseling program. She is a National Board of Certified Counselors nationally certified counselor. She is serving as a site visit team member on the CACREP team of site visitors.


Dr. Mathew earned a doctor of philosophy degree in rehabilitation counseling and counselor education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (2019), a master of philosophy degree in school counseling from Martin Luther Christian University, India (2014), a master of science degree in health and behavior science from Mahatma Gandhi University, India (2004) and a bachelor of science degree in family and community science with minors in chemistry and zoology from Mahatma Gandhi University, India (2002).


She has five years of experience in higher education in the U.S. and 12 years of experience in private mental health setting and K-12 schools in India. She has experience in curriculum revision, program development, and accreditation (CACREP  and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). She also supervised practicum and internship students for three years while earning her doctorate.



Research Interests

Children with specific learning disabilities

Complementary and alternative therapies in counseling

Counselor wellness

Language and literacy development in children

Counseling immigrants and refugees

Experiences of international students

Cross-cultural counseling

Innovative pedagogy


Professional Organizations

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Association of Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES)

South Dakota counseling Association (SDCA)



NCAA Research and Innovation Grant - 2022 (with Drs. Kelsie Roberts, Lauren Pierce, and Chelsee Shortt)

Project Title: “Changing Outcomes through Positive Empowerment (COPE): A Mental Health Initiative Student Athletes”


eXtended Realities Faculty Development Grant - 2022 

Project Title: Suicide Prevention Training using Simmersion’s virtual simulations to provide students practice in a controlled environment.

Class- Crisis Counseling (CGPS-752) 


Hyflex Certification Cohort Member (2021-22)


CETL Pedagogy Grant -2020

Project Title: Innovative Pedagogy in Counselor Education using High Impact Teaching Practices.


Recent Publications

Mathew.S., Harrichand, J., Qiao,B., & Kaszynski, E.(2022) Good practices in preventing early leaving. New Trends and Promising Directions in Modern Education: School Dropout, International Journal of Modern Education Studies


Mathew. S, & Brooks, M. (2022). Counselors’ Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Children. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 12(1), 17–36.


Anandavalli, S., Harrichand, J., & Mathew, S. (2022). Career Mapping for International Students: A Critical-Constructivist Approach, Journal of Employment Counseling, 1-11


Mathew, S. (2021). Counseling Research Using Enhanced Critical Incident Technique for Data Collection: An Example from a Phenomenological Study, International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies,8(3), 80-87


Mathew, S. (2020). Coping and Perceived Social Support of Adolescents with Specific Learning Disabilities in South India, Learning Disabilities (Weston, Mass.), 18(2), 167.


Mathew, S., Khan, A., Gay, Y., Augustine, S., & Whittaker, T. (2018). Case Management in Allied Health. Case Management for the Health, Human, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services Aspen Publishers.


Mathew, S., Khan, A. (2018). Recognizing unique challenges faced by immigrants and recommendations for providing effective counseling services. AMCD Newsletter


Select Presentations

Mathew, S., & Michael, M (2022, September). Creativity in Group Supervision Using Gibb’s Reflective Cycle, 50-minute content session, NCACES Conference, Omaha, NE.


Mathew, S., & Michael, M (2022, September). Effective Strategies for Counselors to improve Scholar Practitioner Research Engagement, 50-minute content session, NCACES Conference, Omaha, NE.


Mathew, S., & Michael, M (2022, September). Working with Native American Students-Culturally Responsive Practices for School Counselors 50-minute content session, ACA  Annual Conference (Virtual). 


Mathew, S., & Kaszynski, E (2022, February). Active Learning Strategies using Technology in HyFlex Counseling and Counselor Education. 50-minute content session, NDCA  Annual Conference, Bismarck, ND. 


Mathew, S., & Michael, M (2022, February). Culturally Responsive Practices for School Counselors Working with Native American Students 50-minute content session, NDCA Annual Conference, Bismarck, ND.


Mathew, S., & Lauren, N (2022, April). From Decolonization to Indigenization: Re-Envisioning the Counseling Process, 50-minute content session, SDCA Annual Conference, Aberdeen, SD.


Mathew, S., & Gay, Y (2021, October). Innovative Pedagogy in Hyflex Counselor Education using High Impact Teaching Practices. 30-minute poster presentation, ACES, Atlanta, GA.


Shuhui, F., Mathew,S., & Huijuan, L. (2021, April). A School Counseling Classroom Guidance Curriculum Addressing Xenophobia During the time of COVID 19. 50-minute content session presented at ACA, Annual Conference (Virtual).


Personal Interests

Dr. Mathew likes to spend her free time cooking, being with her children, playing Scrabble, eating pizza, and working with immigrants and refugees.