Cynthia Kay Chandler

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy
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Welch Street Complex 2 126

Cynthia Kay Chandler was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She went to elementary and middle school in El Paso and graduated from high school in Muleshoe in 1974. She received her doctoral degree in educational psychology in 1986 from Texas Tech University. She is a professor of the counseling program at UNT where she has served on the faculty since August 1989. She has several publications and has presented at professional venues across the U.S., and in Canada, Austria, Greece, and South Korea. She co-leads the annual statewide training Institute in Counselor Supervision and organizes and leads training and certification workshops each year in Animal Assisted Therapy. She can often be seen with one of her certified therapy dogs, Rusty or Dolly.


Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Supervisor, Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Instructor, Certified, EEG Biofeedback – Approved Supervisor, Certified, General Biofeedback – Approved Supervisor, Licensed Pet Partners Therapy Team Evaluator, Licensed Pet Partners Therapy Team Instructor, National Registered Animal Assisted Therapist 

UNT Position

Professor of Counseling; Director, Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy; Director, Biofeedback Lab 

Teaching Areas

Animal Assisted Therapy, Biofeedback Therapy, Women’s Emotional Health, Counseling Supervision, Adult Assessment & Appraisal, Counseling Practicum, Counseling Research, Basic Techniques in Counseling. 

Research Interests

Animal Assisted Therapy, Biofeedback Therapy, Women’s Emotional Health, Counseling Supervision. 

Honors and Awards

2009 Association for Creativity in Counseling's Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award 


Contemporary women's health: Issues for today and the future, 3rd edition
Kolander, C., Ballard, D., & Chandler, C.
St. Louis: McGraw-Hill


A comparison study of the efficacy of group equine assisted counseling with at-risk children and adolescents
Trotter, K. S., Chandler, C. K., Bond, D., & Casey, J.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 3(3), 254-284


Animal assisted therapy with hurricane Katrina survivors
Chandler, C. K.
Vistas Online 2008.


Animal assisted therapy in counseling, Korean translation ed.
Chandler, C.
Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa


Pawsitive pets: Working with your pet as co-therapists
Chandler, C. K.
Vistas 2006, American Counseling Association