Measurement Matters, an NSF funded grant at NCSUpicture of student and professional
Measurement Matters, an NSF funded grant at NCSUpicture of student and professional
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About the Participants
About the Project Team
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About the Project Team


Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Department of Educational Research and Leadership and Counselor Education
520 Poe Hall, Campus Box 7801
Raleigh, NC 27695-7801
Phone: 919-515-6363; Fax: 919-515-6891


  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, 1994
    Concentration: Community Counseling
  • Eastern Michigan University , Ypsilanti , Michigan NC, M.A., Guidance and Counseling, 1986
  • Oakland University , Rochester , Michigan , B.A., Psychology, 1984
  • Professional Credentials
    • Professional Counselor License, State of North Carolina (#2752)
    • National Counselor Certification, National Board for Certified Counselors (#34203)
    • Approved Clinical Supervisor, National Board for Certified Counselors (#00316)

Sylvia Nassar-McMillanCurrent Research Interests

  • Nassar-McMillan has an active research agenda in areas of multicultural diversity. She is a licensed counselor and clinical supervisor, experienced in assessing issues related to career, gender, and ethnic identity development and psychological well-being. Her current projects include foci of gender, ethnicity, and acculturation issues, within both educational and mental health arenas.

Relevant Professional Positions Held

  • 2009-Present, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
  • 2003-2008, Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Counselor Education, NC State University, Raleigh
  • 1996-2003, Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 1994-1996, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Counseling Programs, Counselor Education, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • 1990, Career Counselor/Intern, Career Development and Placement Services, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989-1990, Coordinator, Career Planning and Placement Services, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1987-1988, Counselor, UAW/General Motors Human Resource Center, Pontiac, Michigan

Professional Service

  • During Dr. Nassar-McMillan's career as a counselor educator, she has been actively engaged in professional service at international, national, regional, and local levels. Many of these service contributions have revolved around issues of multicultural and gender diversity; career development; and technological applications in counseling and counselor education. In addition, since receiving her master's degree in counseling in 1986, she has served as a consultant to numerous groups on career development and gender and ethnic diversity issues.

Teaching Interests

  • Psychosocial Identity Development
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Gender Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Skill Development
  • Holistic Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Community Counseling and Management
  • Counseling Supervision


  • Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2008
  • Research and Professional Writing Award, North Carolina Counseling Association, 2006
  • Alumni Excellence Award, UNC Greensboro Department of Counseling and Education, 2006
  • Best Practices Award Recipient, American Counseling Association, 2003
  • MU Tau Beta Professional Award, Chi Sigma Iota, 10th -UNC Charlotte, 2002
  • Les Carlin Professional Development Award, Michigan College Personnel Association, 1989-90


Books and Monographs

  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. & Niles, S. G. (2011). Developing your identity as a Professional Counselor: Standards, Settings, and Specialties. Brooks-Cole/Cengage.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2010). Counseling Arab Americans. Brooks-Cole/Cengage.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2003). Counseling Arab Americans: Counselors' Call for Advocacy and Social Justice. Denver: Love Publishing.

Contributions to Book

  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. & Lee, S. (2011). Counseling with Diverse Clients. In S.C. Nassar-McMillan and S.G. Niles (Eds). Developing your identity as a professional counselor: Standards, settings, and specialties. Brooks-Cole/Cengage.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., Gonzalez, L.M., Mohamed, R.H. (2010). Individuals and Families of Arab Descent. In D. Hays & B. Erford (Eds.). Developing multicultural competency: A systems approach. (pp. 216-245). Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (2008). Arab Americans. In B. Erford (Ed.). American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling. Washington, DC: ACA.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (2008). Arab Americans. In F.T.L. Leong (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Counseling. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hakim-Larson. J. & Nassar-McMillan , S.C. (2008). Middle Eastern Americans and counseling. In G. McAuliffe (Ed.) Culturally Alert Counseling. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Nassar-McMillan , S.C. (2007). Applying the multicultural guidelines to Arab American populations. In D.W. Sue & M.G. Constantine (Eds.) Multicultural Competencies for Working with People of Color: Clinical Practice Implications. Teachers College Press.
  • Jackson , M. & Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2006). Counseling Arab Americans. In C.C. Lee (Ed.) Counseling for Diversity (3rd ed, pp. 135-147). Alexandria, VA : American Counseling Association.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Karvonen, M., Young, C., & Abrams, L. (2006). Multicultural competencies and teacher stress: Implications for teacher preparation, practice, and retention. In R. G. Lambert, & C. J. McCarthy (Eds.) Understanding Teacher Stress in an Age of Accountability (pp. 87-104). Greenwich , CT : Information Age.
  • Ng., K., Abrams, L., & Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2005). Rank the job: A values clarification exercise on occupational prestige. In C. Minor, & M. Pope (Eds.). Experiential Activities for Teaching Career Counseling Classes and Facilitating Career Groups, Volume II . Washington , DC: National Career Development Association.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2003). Counseling Arab Americans. In N. A. Vacc, S. B. DeVaney, & J. M. Brendel (Eds.). Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (4th ed., pp. 117-139) Brunner-Routledge: New York.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (2003). Mary Thomas Burke. In D. L. Bubenzer, Osborn, C., & J. D. West (Eds.). Leaders and Legacies: Contributions to the Profession of Counseling (pp. 143-150). Brunner-Routledge: New York.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., & Algozzine, B. (2001). Improving outcome and future practices: Family-oriented programs and services. In D. J. O'Shea, L. J. O'Shea, B., Algozzine, & D.J. Hammite, (Eds.). Families and teachers: Collaborative orientations, responsive practices (pp. 273-292). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C. (1996). Case and field study research methods. In Loesch, L. C., & Vacc, N A (Eds.), Research in counseling and therapy. Greensboro , NC : Educational Resources Information Center/Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services (ERIC/CASS).

Selected Refereed Articles

  • Baker, S., Chapman, R., Nassar-McMillan, S., & Gerler, E. (2009). Cybersupervision of entry level practicum supervisees: The effect on acquisition of counselor competence and confidence. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Lambert, R. G., Wang, Y., Ager, J., & Arnetz, B. (2009). An investigation of epidemiological issues among Iraqi American immigrants and refugees. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Gressard, C. F., & Lupton-Smith, H. (2009). A mixed method comparison of dyadic and triadic counseling supervision. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Lambert, R. G., & Hakim-Larson, J. (2009). Discrimination history, backlash fear, and ethnic identity among Arab Americans: Post 9-11 snapshots. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Jamil, H., & Lambert, R. G. (2009). Psychological and Environmental Trauma Exposure and Corresponding Central Nervous System Dysfunctions among Iraqi Women. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Wyer, M., Oliver-Hoyo, M., & Ryder-Burge, A. (2009). Gender and Culture Stereotypes: Using Focus Groups in Preliminary Instrument Development. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Baker, S., Grimmett, M., Cannon, S., Ting, S. R., Nassar-McMillan, S., Gerler, E., Maxwell, M., Edwards-Joseph, A. (in press). Preparing entry level counselors for leadership and collaboration. Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Karvonen, M., & Abrams, L. (2009). Identity Development and School Climate:  The Role of the School Counselor. Journal for Humanistic Education and Development, 48, 195-216.
  • Hakim-Larson, J., Kamoo, R., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., & Porcerelli, J. H. (2007). Counseling Arab and Chaldean American families. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29, 301-321.
  • Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., & Lambert, R. G. (2007). Immigration and Attendant Psychological Sequalae: A Comparison of Three Waves of Iraqi Immigrants. Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 199-205.
  • Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Lambert, R. G., & Hammad, A. (2007). Medical complaints of Iraqi American people before and after the 1991 Gulf War. Ethnicity & Disease, 17 [suppl 3], S3-77-S3-78.
  •  Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Lambert, R. G., & Hammad, A. (2006). An Epidemiological Study: Health Assessment of Three Waves of Iraqi Immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
  • Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Salman, W. A., & Tahar, M. (2006). Iraqi Gulf War veteran refugees:  PTSD and physical symptoms.  Journal of Social Work in Health Care, 69-74.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S. C., McFall-Roberts, E. J., Flowers, C., & Garrett, M. T. (2006).  Ebony and Ivory: Relationship between African American adolescent females’ skin color and ratings of peers and self. Journal of Humanistic and Educational Development, 79-94.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., McFall-Roberts, E. J., & Govan, S. (2006). Skin color: Influences on female African American adolescents’ self-image. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 26-29.
  • Patterson, C. H., Jackson, M. L, & Nassar-McMillan, S. C.(2006). Talking with the late “Pat” Patterson: Selections from two interviews. The Person-Centered Journal, 13, 94-109.
  • Brewington, J.O., Nassar-McMillan, S.C., Flowers, C., & Furr, S.R. (2004). The relationships between grief responses and job loss, Holland type, and other factors. Career Development Quarterly , 53(1), 78-83.
  • Jamil, H., Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Lambert, R. (2004). Aftermath of the Gulf War: Mental health issues among Iraqi Gulf War veteran refugees in the United States. Journal of Mental Health Counseling , 26(4), 295-308.

  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Hakim-Larson, J. (2003). Counseling considerations among Arab Americans. Journal of Counseling and Development, 81, 150-159.

  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Lambert, R. (2003). The Relationship between Volunteers' Self-Reported Work Behaviors and Background and Preparation Variables. Journal of Adult Development, 10 (2), 89-97.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Borders, L. D. (2002). Use of focus groups in survey item development. The Qualitative Report, 7(1). Retrieved January 13, 2003 from the World Wide Web:
  • Ewing , M.J., Nassar-McMillan, S.C., Lambert, R., & Furr, S.R. (2001). Career Indecision and Program Effectiveness: Using the Career Decision Profile to Evaluate Service Outcome. Student Affairs Journal Online . Retrieved February 25, 2002 from the World Wide Web: Copyright (c) 1996-2001 Student Affairs Journal - Online. All Rights Reserved.
  • Gowan, M.A., & Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (2001). An examination of gender differences in the use of job search strategies following a job loss. Journal of Employment Counseling, 38(4), 185-196.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (2001). Celebrating fifty years of service: A conversation with Mary Thomas Burke. Journal of Counseling & Development, 79 (4) 497-504.
  • Brewington, J.O., & Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (2000). Older adults: Work related issues and implications for counseling. Career Development Quarterly, 49(1), 2-15.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Borders, L.D. (1999). A work behavior analysis of volunteers in mental health service agencies. Journal of Social Service Research, 24, (3/4), 39-66.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C., & Tomlinson, R. (1995). Cable tutoring on campus. Talking Stick. The NewsMagazine of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International,13 (1), 9.
  • Nassar, S.C. , & Collins-Eaglin, J. (1994). Issues of intimacy: Profile of a peer counseling program. Journal of College Student Development, 35 (6) 492-493.
  • Nassar, S.C. (1993). Adventure-based counseling: An alternative therapeutic approach to working with rape survivors. Paper presented at the Southeast Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Greensboro, NC. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 362795).

Book Reviews

  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (1997, December). Hearing the Internal Trauma: Working with Children and Adolescents who have Been Sexually Abused [Review of the book Hearing the Internal Trauma: Working with Children and adolescents who have Been Sexually Abused]. Counseling Today.
  • Nassar-McMillan, S.C. (1996, June). ACA Ethical Standards Casebook [Review of the book ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, fifth edition]. Counseling Today.

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