Dr. Michelle Hinkle


Office: V3112
Phone: (973) 720-3971
Email: hinklem@wpunj.edu
Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 3-4:30

Department: Special Education and Counseling
Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization
Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Creativity in Counseling, Supervision, & Teaching; Counseling Children & Families; Counselor Pedagogy

Academic Degrees:

  • PhD, Counselor Education & Supervision, Kent State University, 2011
  • MA, Counseling, East Tennessee State University, 2006
  • BS, Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University, 2000

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (NJ)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor

Professional Experience:

Dr. Hinkle’s clinical experience is in mental health counseling. She has worked with clients across the lifespan in the capacity of individual, couples, family, and group settings. She has also provided consultation services to public school districts and collaborated closely with school counselors. The majority of her clinical work has been with children, adolescents, and families where she has used Solution-Focused Counseling and Narrative Therapy to help client achieve their goals. Dr. Hinkle is a member of ACA, ACES, NARACES, and ACC, and is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Current Teaching:

  • CSP 6060: Individual Counseling: Theories and Practice
  • CSP 6260: Counseling Families and Children
  • CSP 6040: Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling
  • CSP 6090: Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • CSP 6860: Practicum
  • CSP 6870: Internship
  • CSP 5999: Creativity in Counseling

Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)

Research Areas:

  • Creativity in counseling, supervision, and teaching
  • Counselor pedagogy
  • Narrative and Solution-Focused interventions in counseling children and families.


  • Refereed Publications:

    Baltrinic, E. R., Moate, R., Hinkle, M. S., & Jencius, M., Taylor, J. Z. (2018). Counselor educators’ teaching mentorship styles: A Q methodology study. The Professional Counselor. 8(1), 46-59.

Hinkle, M. S., & Dean, L. M. (2017). Creativity in teaching case conceptualization: Role-play to show the interconnectedness of domains. The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 12(3), 388-401. 

Hinkle, M. S., Radomski, J. G., & Decker, K. M. (2015). Creative experiential interventions to heighten emotion and process in emotional focused couples therapy. The Family Journal, 23(3), 239-246.

VanderGast, T. S., & Hinkle, M. S. (2015). So happy together?: Predictors of satisfaction with supervision for play therapist supervisees. International Journal for Play Therapy, 24, 92-102.

Hinkle, M. S., Schermer, T. W., & Beasley, K. (2015). Student theoretical beliefs at the end and beginning of a counseling theories course. Journal of Counselor Practice, 6, 6-21.

Hinkle, M. S., Iarussi, M. M., Schermer, T. W., & Yensel, J. (2014). Motivations to Pursue Doctoral Work in Counselor Education and Supervision. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 6(1). doi.10.7729/51.1069

Iarussi, M. M., Tyler, J., Littlebear, S., Hinkle, M. S. (2014). Integrating Motivational interviewing into a basic counseling skills course. The Professional Counselor, 3(3), 161-174.

Schermer, T. W., Hinkle, M. S., Guillot Miller, L., & Chiri, K. (2013). Humanistic helpers: Finding a shared counselor identity. In Ideas and Research You Can Use: VISTAS Winter 2013. Retrieved from  http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas/vistas-2013

Kress, V. E., Gimenez Hinkle, M., & Protivnak, J. J. (2011). Letters from the future: Suggestions for using letter writing as a school counselling intervention. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 21(1), 74-84. doi: 10.1375/ajgc.21.1.74

Hoffman, R. M., Gimenez Hinkle, M., & Kress, V. E. (2010). Letter writing as an intervention in family therapy with adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-injury. The Family Journal, 18(1), 24-30. doi: 10.1177/1066480709355039

Gimenez Hinkle, M. (2008). Psychodrama: A creative approach for addressing parallel process in group supervision. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 3(4), 401-415. doi: 10.1080/15401380802527464

  • Book Chapters: 

    Hinkle, M. S.
    , & Perjessy, C. (2018). Solution focused therapy with adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. In M. Scholl & J. Hansen (Eds.), Postmodern perspectives on contemporary counseling issues: Approaches across diverse settings (pp. 28-61). New York, NY: Oxford Press.

Hinkle, M. S., & Dean, L (2015). Journey toward sobriety collage. In C. S. Bhat, Y. Billay, & P. R. Selvaraj (Eds.), Group work experts share their favorite activities for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. (pp. 369-371). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Dean, L., & Hinkle, M. S. (2015). Using photos from the past to make meaning for
The future. In C. S. Bhat, Y. Billay, & P. R. Selvaraj (Eds.), Group work experts share their favorite activities for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. (pp. 194-197). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Ben-Porath, D., Bhatnagar, K., & Gimenez Hinkle, M. (2014). Eating and feeding disorders. In V. E. Kress & M. J. Paylo (Eds.), Treating mental disorders: A strength-based comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment (pp. 349-383). Columbus, Ohio: Pearson.

Hinkle, M. S., Herman, E., & Kress, V. E. (2013). Family and mental illness. In M. Shally-Jensen (Ed.), Mental health care issues in America (pp. 279-282). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.

West, J. D., Bubenzer, D. L., Gimenez Hinkle, M. S. (2012). Beliefs about teaching and their implications. In J. D. West, D. L. Bubenzer, J. Cox, & J. McGlothlin (Eds.), Teaching in counselor education: Engaging students in learning (pp. 1-11). Alexandria, VA: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.