M. Sylvia Fernandez, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Practice Division

Powers Building, Room 266
305-899-4868 (toll-free 1-800-756-6000, ext. 4868)

M. Sylvia Fernandez, PhD joined the Counseling Department in the Adrian Dominican School of Education in 2002 and holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Fernandez earned a BA in Psychology, BS in English Education, MS in Educational Psychology, and PhD in Counselor Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Supervision Specialty License in Arkansas; a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); an Approved Clinical Supervisor by The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE); and a Mental Health Facilitator by the NBCC-I and WHO. Dr. Fernandez has extensive service and leadership experience in state, national, and international counseling professional organizations. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of NBCC and NBCC-International. She also serves as the chapter faculty advisor for the Chi Sigma Iota-Beta Upsilon Chapter. Dr. Fernandez's professional and research interests include multicultural issues in counseling and related disciplines, counselor education and credentialing, and clinical supervision.

Selected Publications

  • Fernandez, M. S. (2005). NBCC International: Promoting counseling through certification. Proceedings of the 11th International Counseling Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Fernandez, M. S. & Veshinski, S. E. (2004). Child custody and divorce assessment strategies and interventions. In L. Sperry, (Ed.)., Assessment of couples and families: Contemporary and cutting-edge strategies (pp. 183-206). New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Fernandez, M. S. (2004). Malaysia. In M. Duffy & S. Gillig (Eds.), Teen gangs: A global view (pp. 137-148). Greenwood series: A worldview of social issues.
  • Fernandez, M. S. (2003). Families and children with traumatic injuries and culture. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 11, 292-296.
  • Fernandez, M. S., Trusty, J., & Crisswell, R. (2002). Interpersonal skills as a basis for multicultural counseling. In J. Trusty, E. J. Looby, & D. S. Sandhu, (Eds.), Multicultural counseling: Context, theory and practice, and competence (pp. 261-282). Huntington, NY: Nova Science.
  • Fernandez, M. S. (2000). School violence: Implications for school counselor training programs. In D. Sandhu & C. Aspy, (Eds.), Violence in American schools: A practical guide for counselors (pp. 371-386) Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Selected Presentations

  • Fernandez, M. S. (2008, June 20-21). Understanding and working with adolescents. Invited workshop presented at Emmaus Centre, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
  • Fernandez, M. S. (2008, June 1). Mental Health Facilitator: On-going developments. Keynote speaker at The Development of the Counseling Profession in Italy and the United States: A Bilateral Counseling Conference, Florence, Italy.
  • Fernandez, M. S. (2008, April 27). Empowering families to help their children succeed academically. Keynote speaker at the Counseling in International Perspective: Global Demands and Local Needs conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Fernandez, M. S. & Ainbinder, D. (2007, October 11). Understanding balance in clinical supervision. Workshop presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision annual conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Fernandez, M. S. & Ainbinder, D. (2007, August 18). A model for clinical supervisors: Balance of supervisor emphasis. Workshop presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • Fernandez, M. S. & Ainbinder, D. (2007, June 8). Balance of supervisor emphasis: The model, the mathematical application, the predictors. Workshop presented at The Third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Amherst, New York.