Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson
Faculty Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling and co-director of the Center for Boys and Men. In terms of his career path, Matt actively sought experiences to effectively work with an increasingly diverse clinical population. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California- Santa Cruz with an emphasis in social psychology and sociology. After completing two Master’s degrees at Stanford University (Health Psychology Education) and the Pennsylvania State University (Counselor Education), he worked for two years as an elementary school counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a school counselor he focused preventive efforts on conflict resolution and mediation, cooperative learning experiences, strengthening relationships between mothers and daughters, and group counseling. For doctoral studies, he attended the Pennsylvania State University and received his degree in counseling psychology. His doctoral work focused on the psychology of men and multicultural counseling. He completed his APA-accredited pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Student Counseling Center at the University of Southern California and spent one year as a visiting assistant professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington before coming to California State University- Fullerton in 2002. Matt is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA).
As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Matt is professionally passionate about training and teaching clinicians to work more effectively with boys and men across multiple identities. His scholarly interests are focused on how masculinity influences well-being, interpersonal relationships, and self-identity. This exploration extends to how men ask and receive assistance from the mental health field, and on working from a strength-based model of practice. He has over 35 publications and 60 national and international presentations, most of which are focused on men and masculinity and diversity issues in counselor 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, Beyond the 50-Minute Hour: Therapists Involved in Meaningful Social Action, and A Counselor’s Guide to Working With Men, and is co-author ofLearning Group Leadership and Health Counseling. 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 seriesTheories 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. As a clinician, he has worked children, adults, and families in school, community, and university mental health settings. He is also a teacher at Esalen Institute in Big Sur where he leads annual experiential workshops focused on wellness and growth. At CSUF, Matt has been a member of the Institutional Review Board for over a decade, and for the past two years has served as the Chair. He has been a faculty mentor in the EPOCHS program, and currently serves as the Faculty Coordinator for the Faculty-Graduate Student Mentoring Program. Within the College of Health and Human Development has was selected in 2012 as the Outstanding Teacher and in 2015 he was selected as the Distinguished Faculty Marshall. Read about his role in Counseling as a faculty member and advisor.
In his role as the FDC Faculty Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, Matt is focused on creating spaces for faculty to examine their beliefs about human diversity in all of its forms, to develop new skills to deepen their cultural competency in the classroom and workplace, and to gain knowledge across the broad range of diversity issues. In 2015-16 he will organize and facilitate workshops and trainings, develop and guide diversity-focused faculty learning communities, and liaison with appropriate committees and offices on campus to advance inclusion within the campus community.