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Lebanon Valley College welcomed Dr. Cynthia Vejar as the new program director of the Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and associate professor of clinical mental health counseling. Dr. Vejar brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the fast-growing and highly-demanding field.
Dr. Vejar recently worked in a leadership role as coordinator of the Counseling Program at McDaniel College. She supervised faculty in curriculum leadership, advised students, provided oversight for student internships and practicums, and taught five courses. Before McDaniel, Dr. Vejar taught at Towson University and George Washington University and was a school counselor with the Fairfax County Public School System in Virginia.
Dr. Vejar began her educational journey at George Mason University, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology. She completed a master of arts in counseling degree at Marymount University and her doctorate of philosophy in counseling education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.
An accomplished researcher, Dr. Vejar’s work revolves around death, dying, bereavement, loss, parenting, and infertility. She has been published in professional journals and presented at numerous national conferences, most recently at the 2020 National Council of Family Relations annual conference.
Learn more about Dr. Vejar and her goals for LVC’s program in our Q&A below.
How would you describe your professional experience?
I have been a career counselor, grief specialist, and school counselor. I worked in higher education in various capacities—as an adjunct, a full-time lecturer, and most recently, the coordinator of a graduate-level counseling program.
What is your vision for the Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program?
I envision an academically rigorous program that fully prepares students for the breadth and depth of the counseling field. The curriculum will include coursework that operates from an engaging, andragogical approach, with supportive instructors who set high standards that allow students to develop, refine, and apply their clinical skills. The program will provide students with a solid foundation and offer several unique electives that grant students the ability to find individualized niches and specializations.
What excites you about Lebanon Valley College?
LVC has a longstanding reputation for being student-centered and providing quality instruction that makes graduates competitive in the workforce. I am honored to work alongside colleagues who are experts in their fields, and for an institution that places such high regard on education, student success, and collegiality. I am also excited to be a part of the Annville community.
Dr. Vejar Quoted in Associated Press Article
Dr. Cynthia Vejar, program director and associate professor of clinical mental health counseling, was interviewed by Ted Anthony of the Associated Press. The article, for Covid-19 coronavirus America: Six months in disarray, dismay, disconnect, was picked up worldwide including by the New Zealand Herald. Dr. Vejar provided advice for dealing with the current crisis, including “…developing a relationship with uncertainty is something we should strive toward.”