PhD, Counseling Psychology, Andrews University, 1989
MA, Educational Psychology, Andrews University, 1983
BA, Elementary Education, Pacific Union College, 1975
Dr. Nancy Carbonell was born and raised in California, but has come to love the seasons here in Michigan where she has lived since 1980. She is married and has two sons, both married. Nancy always aspired to be a teacher and is happy to look back over her career and realize that she has taught at all grade levels—from pre-school to graduate studies. She enjoys the students and classes she teaches in the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling at Andrews University, and believes learning is a life-long process. She has specialized in the areas of ethics and multicultural competencies for mental health workers, and group interventions. She also has training in play and family therapy modalities, which she enjoys using/teaching in her classes, with her students and her clients. Dr. Carbonell has helped form and lead out in a support group for LGBTQ students attending Andrews University since 2011. Her current research is now in the area of LGBTQ young people, their coming out process and the effects on parents, family and church life. Finding ways to support these young people and their families is her driving goal.
In addition to teaching, Nancy is a fully licensed psychologist maintaining a part-time private practice in the community. This experience enhances her teaching and supervising abilities with students who are psychologists or counselors-in-training. She is published in the areas of family life, racial issues, mindfulness and mental health, mental health issues within the lives of students in the classroom for teachers, and the power of self-talk. Her research interests also include understanding diversity, the affect of values and beliefs on multicultural relations.