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The Center has three co-directors from the CSUF Department of Counseling.

Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD., Professor – Research Coordinator
David Shepard, PhD., Associate Professor – Program Development & Outreach
Rebekah Smart, PhD., Associate Professor –Conference, Training & Continuing Education


Matt Englar-CarlsonMatt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D.

Office: EC426
Telephone:  (657) 278-5062
Email: mattec@fullerton.edu

Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson is Professor of counseling at the California State University at Fullerton. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 51: Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity). As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Englar-Carlson is passionate about training and teaching care providers to work more effectively with their male clients. He has over 35 publications and 60 national and international presentations, most of which are focused on men and masculinity and diversity issues in psychological training and practice. Dr. Englar-Carlson co-edited the books In the Room With Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic Change, Counseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals, and the forthcoming A Counselor’s Guide to Working With Men. He was featured as the guest expert in the 2010 APA-produced DVD Engaging Men in Psychotherapy. He is also the co-editor of the 24-volume monograph series Theories of Psychotherapy (APA) that features the world’s leading authorities on various theoretical approached to psychotherapy. In 2007 he was named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.
His editorial board service includes being an editorial board member for the Psychology of Men and Masculinity (2006-2011), the Journal of Social Action (2008- current), The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families (1994- 2005), a board member for The Journal of Individual Psychology(1994-2000) and a contributing editor (2000-2007), an advisory board member for Counseling and Human Development (2006-2008), and a board member on the Advisory Board for the Men and Masculinity Series, Routledge Press.  He was also selected to the ACA Task Force on Sexual Minority Youth in Schools from 2004-2006. He is also a member of the APA Working Group to Develop Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. As a clinician, he has worked children, adults, and families in school, community, and university mental health settings.

David ShepardDavid Shepard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(657) 278-3327
Office: EC-432

David S. Shepard, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He is also a private practice counselor in West Los Angeles, where for over 20 years he has been helping men on such issues as struggles with mood disorders, connecting with their significant others, and balancing family, work, and self-care. His particular specialty is in gender-sensitive couples therapy – incorporating scholarship on the socialization experiences of both men and women to ensure both sexes are equally comfortable in and get maximum benefit from couples work.  Dr. Shepard has given numerous presentations on issues related to men and intimate relationships, at both professional conferences, and at community mental health agencies and hospitals in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.  Dr. Shepard’s books include Engaging Men in Couples Therapy (Michele Harway, co-editor) and Introduction to Counseling: Voices from the Field (Jeffrey Kottler, co-author). He has also written numerous publications and book chapters on men and depression, male development, training counselors, and helping clinicians work with men in couples counseling. He is a longstanding member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association, where he has served in numerous leadership positions.  Prior to his career as a professor and clinician, Shepard was a filmmaker and television screenwriter; his film, Am I Normal? (1979) was the first film designed to help middle school boys deal with both the emotional and physical changes of early adolescence. His most notable television series was the Nickelodeon show, Doug (1991), an animated fictional series whose theme was the intense pressures on early adolescent males to develop a healthy sense of self amidst the barrage of negative peer pressures and media images young males are exposed to. He resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Debra.


Rebekah SmartRebekah Smart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(657) 278-7341
Office: EC-424

Rebekah Smart, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. Her clinical and research interests are in gender issues across cultures and how issues of masculinity, femininity, and sexual orientation intersect with ethnicity. Dr. Smart is committed to how issues of gender affect both women and men and finds that a background in feminist theory and therapy is critical to understanding and helping men. She is a member of the American Psychological Association division Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, on the board of the Association for Women in Psychology, and a reviewer for the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity. A specific area of focus has been the study and treatment of men and women with eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. Prior to Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Smart was a staff psychologist at a large university counseling center, where she provided individual and group therapy for men with a variety of issues including eating and body image disturbance, mood and anxiety disorders, and relational and identity problems.  Dr. Smart wrote  A man with a “woman’s problem”: Male gender and eating disorders, a chapter in the edited text by Englar-Carlson and Stevens, In the room with men: A casebook of therapeutic change. She has presented at national and regional conferences on working with diverse men, working with gay men with eating disorders, working with highly privileged men, and women therapists’ experience working with male clients. In addition, Dr. Smart was on the planning committee for the first National Psychotherapy with Men conference and the regional conference hosted at Cal State Fullerton Counseling Men in Difficult Times.

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