David Fenell, PhD

David Fenell, PhD

David Fenell, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Counseling and Human Services

Biographical Information

Dr. Fenell is a Professor of Counselor Education and past chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services. His research interests are in marriage and family therapy. His most recent publications have focused on preparing mental health professionals to provide support to military families who have experienced frequent family separations in response to the Global War on Terrorism. He has also published extensively in the areas of rural family therapy and the effective preparation of family therapists.

Dr. Fenell teaches a range of courses including counseling theories and techniques, group counseling theory and techniques, and marriage and family therapy. His introductory textbook, Counseling Families: An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy is used in his family therapy course and has been adopted by a number of academic institutions throughout the United States.

He is a Colonel (retired) in the US Army Medical Service Corps Reserve, mobilized immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He served in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Fenell deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq where he delivered psychological support to military personnel. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for each combat tour.

He is a licensed psychologist, and a National Certified Counselor.


Ph.D., Counselor Education & Family Therapy
Purdue University - 1979

M.A., Education
Emphasis in Counseling
University of Southern California - 1976

B.A., Physiology
Oklahoma State University - 1968


Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Purdue University 2011
  • American Counseling Association President's Award 2008


  • Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor, & Fellow; American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Member, American Counseling Association
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors
  • Member, Association for Counselor Education & Supervision