Senel Poyrazli, Ph.D.

Professor of Counseling Psychology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Interim Chair of Social Sciences and Psychology
Program Coordinator, Certificate Program in Psychology: Health Psychology
Applied Clinical Psychology Graduate Faculty
Applied Psychological Research Graduate Faculty
Community Psychology and Social Change Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6040
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W311
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Senel Poyrazli received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Houston and M.Sc. in counseling psychology from Northeastern University - Boston. Her clinical background includes working with adolescents, college students, adults, married/unmarried couples, and war veterans, and dealing with issues primarily related to relationships, psychosocial adjustment, decision making, depression, and trauma. Her research primarily involves college students’ and immigrants’ psychosocial adjustment processes; with cross-cultural competency being an additional research interest. Currently, she is exploring the reasons that cause international students to fail academically. She is also starting a new research project related to immigrant parents and their involvement with their child’s school. Dr. Poyrazli teaches counseling skills, interviewing and counseling, groups counseling, theories of counseling, family therapy, internship, research methods, and multicultural competency. She was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by Penn State Harrisburg in 2007 and the Faculty Diversity Award in 2010.

Dr. Poyrazli is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is actively involved within the organization. For APA Division 52 (International Psychology), she served a 5-year term as the editor of the division’s official publication International Psychology Bulletin and chaired the division’s Long-Range Planning Committee. She served as president-elect in 2013, president in 2014, and past-president in 2015. For APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), she chaired the International Student Mentoring and Orientation Committee (IMOC) and served for three years as a reviewer for the division's APA conference program. Within Division 1 (General Psychology), Dr. Poyrazli served as an associate editor for the division’s newsletter, The General Psychologist.

Dr. Poyrazli also serves as an editor of the Eurasian Journal of Educational Research and as a consulting editor for Perspectives in International Psychology: Research, Consultation, Practice. Her research has been published in well-known journals such as Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College Counseling, Journal of Humanistic Counseling Education and Development, International Journal of Stress Management, Adolescence, Journal of Counseling and Development, and Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Dr. Poyrazli is also connected well with the immigrant community around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She served as the vice-president of Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women's Network (PAIRWN) and organized for three years an annual immigrant women's health conference that is sponsored by PAIRWN, American Cancer Society, Highmark, and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Research Interests
Psychological and environmental factors that impact immigrant student achievement
Acculturative Stress
College Adjustment Process
International Students
Multicultural Competency