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Villanova Counseling Professor Wins New Professional of the Year Award

Terence Yee, PhD, was named the 2020 North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) New Professional of the Year.

Terence Yee, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Education and Counseling


Terence Yee, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Education and Counseling in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2020 North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) New Professional of the Year.

The award recognizes a counselor educator who has made significant contributions to teaching, service and research. Awards Committee Chair Meredith Drew, PhD, noted that Yee was selected “in recognition of the support of colleagues and students in teaching, evidence of a productive track of research throughout various venues, and involvement in service and organizations that promote the field of counselor education.”

Said Dr. Yee, “To me, this award means that both my students and my peers see something special in me, that I am contributing to the betterment of the counseling field. It is particularly meaningful for me because of my identity as an international faculty member. I hope that I am bringing more diversity and representation to the field of counselor education by winning this award.”

Dr. Yee was nominated by his colleague in the department, Associate Professor Edward Wahesh, PhD, ACS, NCC, who won the same award in 2015.

“Since joining the faculty four years ago, Terence has made important contributions to the graduate program in counseling. He’s developed new courses in his area of expertise, play therapy. He is the co-faculty advisor of our chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society and is an informal mentor to the international graduate students in our program,” said Dr. Wahesh. “He always seems to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting our students in their development as counselors. On top of all of his service to our students, Terence serves the counseling profession as the editor of the Journal of Pennsylvania Counseling Association, which is a major undertaking.”

“I’m continually impressed by how he has developed expertise in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research,” Dr. Wahesh continued. “Terence studies problems (e.g., helping seeking attitudes of underserved minority populations, international student mental health, effective approaches to counseling children) that urgently need to be addressed.”

Added Dr. Yee, “I am truly honored to be nominated by my colleague, Dr. Edward Wahesh. Thank you to all the faculty in the Counseling program (notably Drs. Christopher Schmidt and Stacey Havlik) for guiding me through my early years here at Villanova. It’s great to know that my colleagues are supportive of me and my work. The Counseling faculty are doing work that touches people’s lives for the better, on issues such as infertility and miscarriage, homelessness, first-generation college students, and suicide prevention. I am extremely proud to be a part of the counseling program at Villanova.”

Dr. Yee acknowledged that this year has been particularly challenging and encouraged those who think they may need support to reach out to a mental health professional.

“It’s a sign of courage and strength to seek help,” Dr. Yee said. “That’s what we are here for!”

Learn more about Villanova's graduate programs in Counseling.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.