Marcella D. Stark, Ph.D.

Marcella D. Stark, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program Area: Counseling

(817) 257-6776  |

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Marcella Stark is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and she holds licensure in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and board-approved supervisor. Before beginning her career in academia, she provided counseling in college and university settings. Her research focuses on solution-focused supervision, use of sandtray in supervision, supervisee contribution, counselor training, and mentoring within the counseling profession.


Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision
Sam Houston State University

M.Ed., Counseling & Student Services
University of North Texas

B.A., Psychology
Texas A&M University

Academic Areas

  • Counselor Supervision/Practicum
  • College Counseling/Student Affairs
  • Career Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling

Research Areas

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Counselor Education

Professional Achievements

  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
  • Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) LPC Board Liaison 2010-2012
  • TACES Board Member at Large – Counselor Educator 2012-present

Selected Publications

Stark, M. D., & Greggerson, K. (2016). Differences in perceptions of supervisee contribution: Supervisors’ vs. supervisees’ evaluations. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(1).

Boswell, J. N., Wilson, A. D., Stark, M. D., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2015). The role of mentoring relationships in counseling programs. International Journal for Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 4(3), 168-183. doi:10.1108/IJMCE-03-2015-0007

Stark, M. D., Garza, Y., Bruhn, R., & Ane, P. (2015). Student perceptions of sandtray in solution-focused supervision. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 10, 2-17. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2014.917063

Stark, M. D., & Frels, R. K. (2014). Using sandtray as a collaborative assessment tool for counselor development. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 9(4), 468-482. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2014.897663

Stark, M. D., LaGuardia, A. C., & Trepal, H. (2014). Continuing education needs in supervision. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research, 41(1), 15-28.

Stark, M. D., Nichter, M., Watts, R. E., Slate, J. R., Bruhn, R., & Nelson, J. A. (2013). Texas LPC interns and the cost of supervision. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research, 40(1), 25-37.

Stark, M. (2012). Supervising practicum students: SF supervision as a cure for negative thinking.  In F. Thomas,Solution-focused supervision: A resource-oriented approach to developing clinical expertise (pp. 230-239). New York, NY: Springer.

Stark, M. D., Kirk, A. M., & Bruhn, R. (2012). Generational differences as a determinant of women’s perspectives on commitment. ADULTSPAN, 11(2).

Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Leech, N. L., Slate, J. R., Stark, M. D., Sharma, B., Frels, R. K., Harris, K., & Combs, J. P. (2012). An exemplar for teaching and learning qualitative research. The Qualitative Report, 17(1).

Stark, M. D., Frels, R. K., & Garza, Y. (2011). The use of sandtray in solution-focused supervision. The Clinical Supervisor, 30(2), 277-290. doi:10.1080/07325223.2011.621869