Dee C. Ray

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Child and Family Resource Clinic
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Contact Info
Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 147
Phone: 
940-565-2063
Email: 
dee.ray@unt.edu

Texas is that state I call home. I’ve spent most of my life in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with brief stints in Nashville, TN & San Diego, CA. I was fortunate to gain my master’s degree in counseling at the very young age of 21 from Vanderbilt University. But it took many more years to actually figure out what counseling is really about. Although I originally specialized in adolescents in the school setting, I was introduced to play therapy as a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. My training and experience in play therapy has been the guiding force for my professional growth and focus. I believe that the Child-Centered approach to working with children is aligned with my humanistic beliefs that all people are working toward self-actualization. My research agenda focuses on the quantitative effectiveness of play therapy, with a specific interest in school settings. I am an active member of the Association for Play Therapy (www.a4pt.org) and focus my work on demonstrating efficacy and disseminating information on play therapy. As part of my role in the UNT Counseling Program, I am honored to direct the Child and Family Resource Clinic on campus. We serve close to two hundred clients per week from birth to death on a sliding scale fee. Our program’s commitment to our on-site clinics demonstrates that at UNT we practice what we preach! On a personal note, I have been married for 18 years to my college sweetheart. We are busy raising two boys, Elijah & Noah, who take up any free time that we might spend developing hobbies. I actively volunteer in both of our elementary and middle schools.


Credentials:

Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

 

UNT Position:

Assistant Professor of Counseling; Director, Child and Family Resource Clinic

 

Teaching Areas:

Elementary School Counseling, Play Therapy, Child Assessment, Counselor Supervision

 

Research Interests:

School Counseling, Play Therapy, Counselor Supervision

 

Honors and Awards:

2010 UNT's Teacher Scholar Award

2010 Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision's Outstanding Counselor Educator Award

2010 UNT College of Education's Faculty Research Excellence Award

2010 Rho Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota's Outstanding Faculty Member Award

 

Published

An Exploratory Study of Child-Centered Play Therapy with Aggressive Children

Ray, D., Blanco, P., Sullivan, J., Holliman, R

International Journal of Play Therapy, 18, 162-175.

 

Published

Play therapy in elementary schools.

Landreth, G., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

Psychology in the Schools, 46, 281-289.