Susan Zgliczynski

Associate Professor

  • Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology with specialization in Assessment, Statistics, Lifespan and Career Development, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. Counseling and Student Personnel Services, Purdue University
  • B.S. Chemistry, Purdue University

Most of my students call me Dr. Z and I have been at the University of San Diego since 1980.  I came to USD with a joint appointment teaching courses in the Counseling Program and developing and teaching statistics, research design and adult development in the doctoral program in Leadership. I became Counseling Program Director in 1982 and served in that position for many years, developing the Marriage, Family and Child Counseling program as well as the specializations in career, college and clinical mental health counseling.  I have taught most all of the core counseling courses including professional orientation and ethics in counseling, lifespan development, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning and research design.  I started the USD chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honorary in 1989 with nine other counseling professionals who worked at USD or who were graduates of our program and was the chapter advisor for 20 years.  Throughout my career at USD I have also been interested in application of technology doing training for teachers and counselors, serving on the ACA technology committee and teaching online courses at USD. 

I began my own internationalization experience in 1986-87 when I was awarded a Fulbright Association grant and spent a year in Kaohshiang,Taiwan teaching in their counseling program and living in campus faculty housing with my two children aged 9 and 12. It was a real cultural plunge because of our work and life in Taiwan and also our experience with the expatriate community which included families from 40 other countries around the world.  I came back to USD and developed our Multicultural Counseling Course.  In 1995 I took a group of students to Hong Kong for three weeks and that started the Global Study in the Counseling Program.  I have continued to develop my expertise in this area teaching Study Abroad courses that have gone to Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia. I have done presentations at the International Counseling Conference and at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference.  I have edited two issues of the Career Planning and Adult Development Network Journal focusing on counseling and career consulting in Spain and Latin America (2004) and in Asian Countries (2009)

My doctorate is in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Purdue University.  I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Distance Certified Counselor (DCC). I have been actively promoting counseling and the licensing of counselors in California for over 10 years and served as board member and then treasurer of the Coalition for Counselor Licensing. We finally got the legislation passed to license Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in California in 2009.  I continue as the Treasurer of the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) and am getting my documents together to apply under grandparenting for the new license.  I am always happy to answer questions about counselor licensing in California.

Recent Publications:


Zgliczynski, S. M. (Ed.) (2008). Career development/organizational consulting in Asian countries.

     (Special Issue).Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 24, 4.

Zgliczynski, S.M. (Ed.) (2007). Promoting Global Advocacy for Counseling:

     Enhancing Client Development and Opportunities. Proceedings of the 12th International

     Counseling Conference, Shanghai, China, June 8-9, 2007. 

Zgliczynski, S.M. (Ed.) (2005). Counselors Across Borders. Proceedings of the 11th International

     Counseling Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, December 29-31. 

Zgliczynski, S. M. (Ed.) (2005). Career development in Spanish-speaking countries.

     (Special Issue).Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 20, 4.

Zgliczynski, S. M., Campos, L & Zambrano, G.  (2005) Additional perspectives on career

     development activities in Mexico. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 20, 4.

Zgliczynski, S. M. & Shaffer, S.L. (2005). Mondragón: Additional Perspectives on Opportunities

      for Workers in Spain. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 20, 4.

Zgliczynski, S. M. (2005). Steps in the development of global cultural competence. Career 

     Planning and Adult Development Journal, 20, 4.

Zgliczynski, S. M.  (1982). Multimodal therapy with groups of aged. Small Group Behavior.  

Zgliczynski, S. M.  (1981). The teacher's role responsibility to the abused child:

     A topic for inclusion in the preservice curriculum.  Journal of Teacher Education.

Williams, D.S., Reilley, R.R. & Zgliczynski, S. M. (1980). Changing students and changing

     Residence halls: Research and implications. In D.A. DeCoster and P. Mable (Eds.)

Personal growth and community development in college residence halls, 

     Washington, D.C. American College Personnel Association.

Zgliczynski, S. M. (1978). Multimodal therapy with groups of aged. Unpublished doctoral 

     dissertation, Texas A&M University.