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Abby Dougherty

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Abby Dougherty


Counseling Program Director for the CAT Department and Assistant Clinical Professor

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Abby Dougherty, PhD, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-art Therapy from Arcadia University. She received a Mmaster of Science in Mental Health Counseling, and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, both through Walden University. Additionally, she has worked as a college counselor and taught adjunct at several of the colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. Dougherty conducted her doctoral research exploring the lived experiences of counselor educators with a mindfulness practice in the classroom with culturally diverse students.

Dougherty is the past president-elect for the Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania Counseling Association. She also routinely presents research on the state, national and international levels and publishes scholarly writings for professional counseling journals and textbooks.

Professional Society

President-Elect for the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (2017-2018)
Simulated Patient Education Committee member (Drexel) (2016-present)
Mentor for the Doctorate in Health Sciences, Drexel University (2019-)
ACES Emerging Leader Chair (2019)
ACES Ad Hoc Leadership Committee (2018-2019)

Selected Publications

Haddock, L., & Dougherty, A. (2018). Supervision, coaching, and consultation. In S. Capuzzi & M. Stauffer (in-press). Career counseling: foundations, perspectives, and applications.

Haddock, L., Dougherty, A. & Calley, T. (2017). Non-nuclear families. In B. Flamez (Ed.), Introduction to marriage, couple, and family counseling: Applied practice. New York, New York: Sage.

Dougherty, A. E., Haddock, L., Patton, J. (2019). Exploring the use of mindful andragogy to create inclusive classrooms. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. Retrieved from

Kaimal, G., Carroll-Haskins, K., Berberian, M., Dougherty, A., Carlton, N., Ramakrishnan, A. (2019) Virtual reality in art therapy: A pilot qualitative study of the novel medium and implications for practice. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

Grant participation:

  • Drexel University grant (5000) research team member, exploring the use of VR in art therapy
  • Drexel University grant (8000),P.I, exploring the use of VR in mindfulness
  • American Counseling Association (500), Attend the Institute for Leadership Training

Research Interests

Her interests include using virtual reality in counseling and adult education, examining the social-emotional experience of students with learning disabilities in higher education, using creative arts in college counseling and counseling supervision, relational-cultural theory and using mindfulness and contemplative tools in counselor education.

PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP, 2016
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN

MS, Counseling Licensure Program, CACREP, 2010
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN

BA, Art/Art Therapy, 2005
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA