Thelma Duffey PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Thelma Duffey is the Immediate Past President of the American Counseling Association and Professor and Chair in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is owner of a multidisciplinary practice and works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Duffey brought focus to issues surrounding bullying and interpersonal violence during her ACA presidency, and organized a national anti-bullying and interpersonal violence campaign. As part of this initiative, ACA launched the Impact Project, a social media campaign, to promote appreciation and gratitude and combat bullying and violent acts. Dr. Duffey was the Founding President of The Association for Creativity in Counseling, a division within The American Counseling Association, and serves as Editor for the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. She is co-editor for a Special Section on Relational Cultural Theory and co-editor for a Special Issue on Counseling Men, both in the Journal for Counseling Development (JCD). An ACA Fellow, Dr. Duffey has received numerous professional awards and publishes in the areas of creativity, innovations in grief and loss counseling, crisis and trauma, and Relational-Cultural Theory.