Fall 2020 Guidance
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Sue Motulsky

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology

Sue Motulsky

Sue’s teaching, writing, and research interests are in developmental and relational psychology, including adult development, cultural psychology, gender issues and women’s psychology, identity and relational development, and career counseling and vocational development. She is interested in qualitative and narrative research and its use in exploring the ways individuals make meaning of their experiences and their sense of self. She maintains a private practice in career counseling and has an extensive background in career development and transition in university, community, and human services settings. She is interested in student development and offers optional transition to graduate school support groups for students. Sue’s approach to teaching and counseling is based on the relational definition of a healthy psychological self as being in connection with the self, with others, and with the world.

Research interests include feminist, relational psychology, multicultural, disability and gay/lesbian studies, identity development, adult and career development and life/career transitions, and qualitative, constructivist and narrative research.

Leisure interests include perennial and landscape gardening; British social history, garden history, literature and travel; swing and two-step dancing. Former careers include certified sign language interpreter, Deaf-Blind interpreter and trainer, and disability rights advocate.


Selected Publications

Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S.L., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (in press/2017). Relational mentoring.  In J. Bailey-Johnson, A. Knox, S. Conceicao, & L. Martin (Eds.), International Compendium of Adult and Continuing Education.  Stylus Publishing & American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Gammel, J.A., Motulsky S.L., & Rutstein-Riley, A., (Eds.). (in press).   I am what I become:  Constructing an identity as a lifelong learner. Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing.

Motulsky, S.L. (in press). Feminist Perspectives. In P. McIlveen, (Ed.), Radical Methods for Social Constructionism in Vocational Psychology and Career Development, Rotterdam, The Netherlands:  Sense Publishers. 

Levitt, H.L., Motulsky, S.L., Wertz, F.J., Ponterotto, J.G., & Morrow, S.L., (2016). Recommendations for designing and reviewing qualitative research in psychology:  Promoting methodological integrity.  Qualitative Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/qup0000082

Motulsky, S.L., Gere, S.H., Saleem, R., & Trantham, S. (2014).  Teaching social justice in counseling psychology.  The Counseling Psychologist, 42(8)1058-1083.

Motulsky, S.L. (2010). Relational processes in career transition: Extending theory, research and practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 38(8), 1078-1114.
Reinkraut, R., Motulsky, S.L., & Ritchie, J. (2009). Developing a competent practitioner: Use of self in Counseling Psychology training. Asian Journal of Counseling, 16(1), 7-30.

National/International Presentations

Presenter with Sidney Trantham, Winter Roundtable for Multicultural Education and Psychology, New York City, NY, February, 2017:  “You, me & us:  Identity conversations about privilege and oppression” and “The gender identity knapsack:  Transphobia and cisgender privilege.”

Symposium chair and presenter, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, New York City, May, 2017:  “Challenges and innovation in teaching qualitative research in psychology” 

Symposium chair and presenter, Society for Vocational Psychology, APA, Tallahassee, FL: “Integration of social justice in vocational/career counseling courses in counseling psychology,” May, 2016.  Panel with Nadya Fouad and Saba Ali.

Co-presenter with Jo Ann Gammel, New Perspectives in Mentoring, Mentoring Institute, Albuquerque, NM, October, 2015: “Relational Mentoring: What We Know about Relational Mentoring & Challenges to Adopting It as an Advising Model.”

Presenter, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, August 2015:  “Career Transitions in Midlife: Obstacles and Supports:  Factors Influencing Movement Through Career Transition.” Panel with Marie Shoffner, Nadya Fouad, Jane Swanson, & David Blustein.

Presenter, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, August 2015:  “Recommendations for Designing and Reviewing Qualitative Research from the SQIP Task Force.” Panel with Heidi Levitt, Ruthellen Josselson, & Fred Wertz.

Presenter and panelist, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, New York City,

May, 2015:“Recommendations for Designing and Reviewing Qualitative Research: Promoting Methodological Integrity.” Presented and discussed topic of “Challenges of and Responses to Qualitative Research Reviewers, Editors, and Authors.”

Co-Presenter with Emily Frank, National Career Development Global Conference, Denver, CO, June, 2015: “Career counseling for transgender clients:  Reimagining life & career possibilities.” 

Symposium chair, Society for Vocational Psychology, APA, Coimbra, Portugal, July, 2014: “Work, education, and relationships in transition: Research on work-related transitions in midlife adults.”

Presenter, Society for Vocational Psychology, APA, Coimbra, Portugal, July, 2014: “Research findings from qualitative studies of midlife women’s career-related transitions in the US.”

Presenter, IAEVG (International Association of Education and Vocational Guidance), Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 4-6, 2014. “Transforming individuals and communities through social justice: Directions in career practice and counselor education.”

Chair and Presenter, with Mark Pope, Barry Chung, and Michael Mobley, National Career Development Association, Boston, MA, 2013: “Critical analyses and innovative thoughts on career services and advocacy for LGBT persons.” Featured Presentation, Centennial Conference.

Presenter, National Career Development Association, Boston, MA, 2013: “The process of transition: Relational and psychological counseling approaches to career transition.” 

Presenter, with Susan Gere, Sidney Trantham, & Rakhshanda Saleem, Winter Roundtable for Multicultural Psychology and Education, Columbia University, New York City, NY, February, 2013: “Multiculturalism and Social Justice in Counselor Education: An Integrative Approach Across the Curriculum.”

Chair and presenter, with Amy Mazur, National Career Development Association, Atlanta, GA, 2012: “From multiculturalism to social justice: Future directions in counselor education and career practice.”

Chair and Presenter, with Barry Chung and Franco Dispenza, National Career Development Association, Atlanta, GA, 2012: “Adding the “T” in GLBT: Understanding career and work-related issues of transgendered people.” 

Presenter, National Career Development Association, Atlanta, GA, 2012: “Relational approaches to career transition: Connections and disconnections in a process of change.” D.L. Blustein, Chair, Relational Approaches to Career Development: New Approaches for a New Era. 

Presenter, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2011: “Identity and revision within a career transition for midlife women.” Paper presented in M. S. Hammond (Chair) Symposium, Women in transition: A feminist approach to career and relational identity.

Presenter, National Career Development Association, San Francisco, CA, 2010: “Beyond parents and partners: Relational influences on career decision-making across a range of relationships.”


Ed.D., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University
C.A.S., Culture, Gender, and Relational Development, Harvard University 
M.A. in English Literature from Boston University
B.A. in English from Indiana University

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