Counselor Education (GR)
Full Name: David Carson
Professor of Counseling
Coordinator, Psychology Program, Orlando Campus
B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
Dr. Carson is a professor of psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Orlando Campus; he is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Florida, Wyoming, and Colorado; a qualified MFT and mental health counseling supervisor in Florida; and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and AAMFT approved supervisor. Along with maintaining an extensive teaching and clinical supervision schedule, Dr. Carson has been involved in part-time private practice in Wyoming and Florida. He has authored and co-authored over 90 publications covering a wide range of topics in counseling, family therapy, human development, cross-cultural psychology, and family psychology. Dr. Carson has served on the editorial board of several academic journals and is currently a contributing editor for The Journal of Psychology and Theology. He has worked in community development in northern India and Nepal and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in India, where he conducted research on tribal families in Odisha (formerly Orissa). For the past 16 years Dr. Carson has been involved in counselor training and trauma work education in India on both the lay level, with staff associated with grassroots indigenous organizations, and with master's and doctoral students at various universities and institutes throughout the country on a regular visiting basis. He conducts lay counselor training with Christian organizations in Nepal and Bangladesh. Dr. Carson's books include: Carson, D.K., & Casado-Kehoe, M. (Eds.) (2011), Case studies in couples therapy: Theory based approaches (Clifton, NJ: Routledge/Taylor & Francis); Carson, D.K., Lawson, D.A., Casado-Kehoe, M., & Wilcox, D.A. (2011), International lay counselor training: A short-term training the trainers program for Christian leaders and workers in developing countries (Denver, CO: Outskirts Press); Carson, D.K., & Becker, K.W. (2003), Creativity in psychotherapy: Reaching new heights with individuals, couples, and families (New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis); and two books edited with his wife Dr. Cecyle Carson and his colleague Dr. Aparajita Chowdhury in India: Indian families at the crossroads (2007; New Delhi: Gyan Pub.) and Family life education in India: Perspectives, challenges, and applications (2006, Jaipur: Rawat Pub.). David and Cecyle have five children and six grandchildren. Before moving to Florida in 2004 Dr. Carson was a professor of child and family studies at The University of Wyoming in Laramie for many years. An outdoor enthusiast, he is at home in the mountains and on the beach.