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Deneen Miller, Ph.D.

Deneen Miller, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: 11B Nazareth

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3701

Education:Ph.D., College of William and Mary
M.S., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame of Maryland


Dr. Deneen Miller has a passion for working with at-risk youth groups, such as youth dealing with substance abuse and aggressive behaviors. She has been working on grant writing and curriculum publications to help advance youth programming. Her aim has been to build bridges from the academy to surrounding communities by servicing at-risk youth populations through counseling, youth programming, grant writing and substance abuse programming. Through teaching, supervising masters level practicum students, group work with adolescents, and providing clinical services in the addictions sector, Dr. Miller has been able to advocate for  populations in need. During her graduate education, she learned the great need to educate counselors from a perspective of client and counselor advocacy, as well as the immense help that higher education institutions can provide to their surrounding communities through research, clinical services, and training quality counselors.

Dr. Miller’s research experience began in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Psychiatric Research Program and as an intern for the American Psychological Association (APA).  As a graduate student she was a research assistant for two grant funded programs, Project Elev8 under the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and The Next Generation Venture Fund under the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.  Project Elev8 used focus groups with educators and parents to produce qualitative data to help improve the Baltimore City Public School System. The Next Generation Venture Fund used qualitative and quantitative data to provide programs for gifted students from underrepresented groups at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Once beginning her doctoral degree, Dr. Miller furthered her research and clinical experience and began to co-direct a Student Assistance Program helping students at-risk for substance abuse entitled Project Empower. Furthermore, she was hired by the College of William and Mary Center for Gifted Education to write a curriculum and as a head counselor for a grant-funded residential youth summer program. Currently, Dr. Miller has prepared a curriculum for publication for the G.I.R.L.S. with P.E.A.R.L.S. program, a year-long after school program for middle school girls. The Curriculum is currently being edited for publication and sale. Furthermore, with four cohort members, she has also conducted a qualitative study on the supervision relationship in counselor education, which has been submitted for publication and is currently under review.

Dr. Miller’s clinical work has ranged from working with adults in a substance abuse clinic in Baltimore City, working with women in an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, administering assessments to abused children and their families, and working with at-risk adolescent girls through a partnership with Hampton City public schools, called G.I.R.L.S. with P.E.A.R.L.S. Additionally, gaining two years of experience supervising both Clinical Mental Health Counseling students as well as School Counseling students entering their practicum and internship provided practical knowledge of being a Counselor Educator and Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Miller possesses a strong personal commitment to promoting advocacy, diversity, and social justice, and these core values are evident in her teaching philosophy, as well as her research agenda and clinical work. Dr. Miller is ecstatic to begin her career as a new professor with Immaculata University.

Teaching Philosophy: 

My teaching philosophy is grounded in cognitive developmental theory, the Integrated Developmental Model, advocacy, and most importantly an engaging and creative instructive approach. I have developed a teaching model emphasizing multicultural components of course topics. Having a multicultural perspective provides students a multifaceted lens with which to address theoretical and practice-oriented concerns. I encourage students to examine cultural components from a variety of perspectives such as impacts of socio-economics, identity (ethnicity, race, gender, professional, etc.), and family dynamics on the counseling profession and most importantly client well-being. Advocating for clients has been pertinent in my experiences, as I have typically served underserved client populations. Therefore, providing in-depth questions to students regarding ways in which to advocate for clients, is a consistent focus of my teaching style. My teaching philosophy includes informing students of the ways in which mental health research and programming can also contribute to client advocacy and care. Advocacy, multicultural perspectives, a student and client developmental approach, and self-reflection are the foundations of my teaching philosophy. I am open to new ideas from both colleagues and students; moreover, I consistently bring enthusiasm to the classroom environment.

Courses Taught:

  • Diversity Counseling
  • Internship I Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Internship II Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests: 

  • At-Risk Youth Programming/Psychoeducational Curriculum
  • Development Gender Influences on Counseling
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Multicultural/Social Justice Issues in Counseling


Miller, D. (2012). G.I.R.L.S., with P.E.A.R.L.S.  Presented at the Association for Moral Education Conference, November 2012.

Foster, V., McAdams, R., Miller, D., Kiper Riechel, M.E., & Benoit, E. (2012).  Family conversations about justice and fairness:  Report of a clinical intervention for troubled your and parents. Presented at the Association for Moral Education Conference, November 2012.

Kiper Riechel, M.E., Miller, D., Kayanan, P.J. (2012).  Invigorating Group Supervision:  An empirically based application of group theory and practice, S  Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, September, 2012.

Miller, D. (2012), G.I.R.L.S. with P.E.A.R.L.S.  Presented at the University of Edinburgh Graduate Student Conference, May 2012.

Kiper Riechel, M.E., Chae, K., Kayanan, P.J., Miller, D., Robertson, D. (2011).  Doctoral students as practicum supervisors:  Building trust in the supervisory relationship.   Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference, October, 2011.

Kiper Riechel, M.E., Chae, K., Kayanan, P.J., Miller, D., Robertson, D. (2012)  Invigorating group supervision:  An empirically-based application of group theory and practice.  Presented at the Association for Specialists in Group Work conference, February, 2012.

Kiper Riechel, M.E., & Miller, D. (2011).  Is counselor supervision faith-blind?  Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference, October, 2011.

Chae, K., Miller, D., Kayanan, J., Riechel, M.E., Robertson, D. (2012).  Developing trust in the supervision relationship.  Presented at the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, February, 2012.

Kiper Riechel, M.E., Chae, K., Kayanan, P.J., Miller, D., Robertson, D. (2011).   Invigorating Group Supervision:  An Empirically-Based Application of Group Theory and Practice.  Presented at the Virginia Counselors Association Conference, November, 2011.

Miller, D. & Foster, V. (2016). Color & Crisis: African American Female Adolescent Clients. Presented at the International Marriage and Family Counseling Conference, March 2016.

Professional Memberships: 

  • Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education


  • Emerging Leaders, Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, 2012
  • Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, 2007
  • Study Abroad Scholarship to Guatemala, 2006
  • University of Notre Dame of Maryland Scholarship for service & academics, 2003 – 2007

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