NYU Steinhardt faculty members are experienced, active practitioners and top researchers in the mental health and school counseling fields who apply real-world experiences and case examples to their teachings in the online classroom. They are consistently developing new counseling theories, a deeper understanding of human behavior, and new ways of supporting clients.
As a Counseling@NYU student, you will be equipped with current practices, research, and skills used in the mental health and school counseling fields.
Course Leaders, Course Instructors, and Core Faculty
The Counseling@NYU faculty comprises course leaders and course instructors who work closely together to ensure that the educational objective for each course is well developed and successfully taught.
Course leaders develop the online course work you will complete on your own time. You will see them each week in the video course work online, explaining that week’s curriculum.
Course instructors teach the live sessions each week. These are the faculty members you will work with to ask questions, discuss takeaways from the curriculum, expand on key counseling theories, and learn how to apply counseling theories in real-world settings.
Course leaders may also teach in the weekly live class sessions, but in many cases you will have the opportunity to learn from multiple professors on the same topic, providing you with a well-rounded learning experience.
Core faculty members are full-time NYU Steinhardt professors who develop and teach course work for the online and on-campus master’s degree programs as well as the on-campus bachelor’s program. You will encounter them in the online program, serving as both course leaders and course instructors.
Our professors have a broad array of clinical expertise in school and mental health counseling, including:
Strategic career planning
They have also done extensive research on a number of critical topics, such as:
Poverty and mental illness
Interventions for at-risk youth and disruptive behavior disorders
Racial and ethnic mental health disparities
Positive psychology outcomes
LGBTQ+ youth in school settings
Adolescent health disparities
Cultural adaptations of school-based interventions
Faculty Featured on the Blog
Learn more about our faculty members by reading their unique perspectives on topics affecting the counseling field. The following course leaders are featured on the Counseling@NYU blog:
Anil Chacko, PhD
Course leader for APSY-GE 2025 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Application
Conducts research on prevention, intervention, and service delivery models for youth at risk for or affected by disruptive behavior disorders. He recently shared his perspective on the importance of mental health screenings for youth ages 12 and older.