Carolyn Pela, Ph.D.

Professor
Assistant Dean School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities

(602) 489-5300 Ext. 2100
[email protected]

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, Capella University
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Stout
B.S., Psychology & Sociology, Grand Canyon University

Bio

Dr. Carolyn Pela is the department chair for Behavioral and Social Sciences, and professor of behavioral health, family studies, and psychology. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 35 years of experience in the mental health field. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Human Sexuality and researches and publishes in the area of human sexuality. Dr. Pela is a fellow of the AAMFT, an AAMFT approved clinical supervisor, and a Certified Family Life Educator. She also serves on the advisory councils for the Glendale Community College Child and Family Studies program, and the Fuller Seminary’s Arizona MFT program.

Research

Pela, C., & Sutton, P. (2013-Current). Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy: A Five-Year Clinical Outcome Study.

Publications

Pela, C. (2016). Book review of Sheila Jeffrey’s Gender hurts. Journal of Human Sexuality, 6.

Pela, C. (2013). Narrative therapy & SSA women: Claiming lost stories. Journal of Human Sexuality, 5.

Patton, M.B., & Pela, C. (2012). Book review of Janelle M. Hallman’s Heart of female same-sex attraction. Journal of Human Sexuality, 4.

Presentations

Pela, C. & Rosik, C. (2016). Evaluating Research. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Pela, C. (2016). Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy I. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Pela, C. & Nicolosi, J. (2016). Clinical Outcomes for Same-Sex Attraction Distress:
Well-Being & Change. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Pela, C. (2016). Clinical Outcomes for Same-Sex Attraction Distress:
Well-Being & Change. Presented at the International Federation of Therapeutic Choice in Budapest, Hungary.

Pela, C. & Nicolosi, J. (2016). Clinical Outcomes for Same-Sex Attraction Distress:
Well-Being & Change. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference.

Rosik, C. R., & Pela, C. (2015). Cultural competence: Psychotherapy with religious-identified clients: Addressing therapist bias. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Pela, C., & Nicolosi, J. (2015). Change & Well-being: Psychotherapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, Dallas TX.

Pela, C. (2014). New Professional and Student Workshop: application of mainstream psychotherapy to unwanted SSA at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Pela, C. (2011) Narrative Therapy & SSA Women: Claiming Lost Stories. Presented at the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity, Phoenix, AZ.

Awards

Outstanding Scholar 2013-14, Arizona Christian University