David Shen-Miller

David Shen-Miller, PhD

David Shen-Miller
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Counseling & Health Psychology

Current Roles

Dr. Shen-Miller is the chair and an associate professor of the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology, teaching in both classroom and clinic. He teaches a variety of courses in the department, serves as a clinical supervisor for counseling at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and conducts research on trainee and practitioner competence, colleague assistance, and men’s health.


  • BA in Anthropology (University of Massachusetts, 1994)
  • BA in Social Thought and Political Economy (University of Massachusetts, 1994)
  • MSSW in social work (University of Texas, 2002)
  • PhD in counseling psychology (University of Oregon, 2008)
  • APA Internship in counseling psychology (University Counseling Service, University of Iowa, 2007-2008)

Past Experience

After completing his PhD program, Dr. Shen-Miller was a core faculty member in the counseling psychology PhD program at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of APA’s Workgroup on Trainees with Competence Problems since 2006, and a member of APA’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance since 2013. He is currently Past-Chair for the Supervision and Training Section for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA).

During his doctoral studies, Dr. Shen-Miller was the Director of the University of Oregon Men’s Center, an organization dedicated to helping men lead healthy lives. He has continued to be involved in this work as a clinician, researcher, and consultant, and has had several stints as a mental health professional on the radio in 2001-2002 and again in 2009-2011.

Classes Taught

  • Biopsychosocial Approaches and Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Counseling: Personality
  • Fundamentals of Counseling: Group Dynamics
  • Multiculturalism, Diversity and Social Justice
  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Psychotherapy Methods & Behavioral Medicine


Dr. Shen-Miller conceptualizes and conducts his clinical practice and research within an ecological framework, with a strong focus on mind-body connection, self-care, and overall health. His clinical interests include men’s health, anxiety and mood disorders, existential issues, working with intersections of identity and mental health, racial and ethnic identity development, and other aspects of multicultural counseling. He is also very interested in organizational health and the reciprocal influences of health between organizations and the individuals who comprise them. 

Dr. Shen-Miller is very committed to the ongoing development of multicultural competence and to practitioner self-care. He believes in the importance of instilling and enhancing values of multiculturalism, diversity, and care for ourselves and our colleagues early in training and throughout the professional lifespan. His research interests include the development, assessment, and remediation of trainee and practitioner competence in an ecological context, multicultural issues in supervision, training, and education, and the influence of masculine socialization on men’s health behaviors. He is the author of 2 edited books and more than 20 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.


Dr. Shen-Miller's approach to teaching centers on working with students to think and work critically as clinicians and researchers, emphasizing problem posing approaches to learning, and challenging students to articulate the epistemic beliefs that form the basis for their insights and decisions. This approach is primarily informed by scholars and activists such as Paolo Friere, Lisa Tsoi Hoshmond, and bell hooks. He expects that students consider themselves co-learners who work collaboratively to take risks in class and in their research, trying new ideas and new ways of thinking that may deviate from standard scientific conventions and highlight natural, indigenous, and/or alternative approaches to truth, science and knowledge. Finally he owes a great debt to the wonderful mentors and teachers in his own life, whose guidance has shaped his approach significantly.

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David Shen-Miller, PhD