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Counseling Psychology

Arien Muzacz

Assistant Professor

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Personal Statement

With a firm identity as a professional counselor, Dr. Muzacz’s theoretical approach is informed by existential/humanistic philosophy, which basically assumes that all people are searching for meaning in their lives and aspire to feel connected to others, while struggling with feeling alone in the world. She has worked with clients from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups, from various socioeconomic circumstances, of different ages and sexual and gender identities.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Muzacz’s research interests include addictions, multicultural counseling, health disparities and human sexuality – including sexual identity, fantasy and behavior, especially among underrepresented or alternative populations.

Publications

Muzacz, A.K., & Akinsulure-Smith, A. (2013). Older Adult Sexuality: Implications for Counseling Ethnic and Sexual Minorities. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35(1), 1-14.

Muzacz, A. (2006, November 16). Through a Glass Darkly: Deviance in Sexual Fantasy. Electronic J. of Human Sexuality, 9.  Papers and presentations from the 2006 Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. http://www.ejhs.org/volume9/muzacz.htm

Presentations

Muzacz, A., Dorn-Medeiros, C. M., Horsey, K. (2016, Sept). Eating Disorders Among Gay and Bisexual Men:  A Meta-analysis. Poster presented at the Second Biannual Conference of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, San Antonio, TX.

Dorn-Medeiros, C. M., Horsey, K., & Muzacz, A. (2016, Mar). Predictor Variables of Substance Use Among Women Who Have Sex With Women. Poster presented at the ACA 2016 Conference and Expo, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Dorn-Medeiros, C., Muzacz, A., Horsey, K., & Shrewsbury, T. (2015, Oct). Ideal Impossible:  Gay and Bisexual Men and Eating Disorders. Poster presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision biannual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Muzacz, A., & Haversham-Brown, P. (2014, Sept). Forbidden Conversations: Sex-Positive Counseling with Younger and Older LGBT Clients. Workshop presented at the First Annual Conference of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, New Orleans, LA.

Muzacz, A., & Horsey, K. (2014, Sept). Stretching the Rainbow: Counseling LGBT Clients in Multiple Partner Relationships. Poster presented at the First Annual Conference of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, New Orleans, LA.

Rearick, A., & Muzacz, A. (2013, Jan). Two Spirit American Indian Older Adults: Intersecting Identities and Mental Health. Poster presented at the National Multicultural Conference & Summit, Houston, TX.

Muzacz, A. K., Johnson, K., Rogers, M., & Cuoco, L.F. (2011, Aug). Health Disparities Among New York City Bisexual STD Clinic Patients. Presentation made at the Symposium on Identity, Minority Stress, and Psychological Well-Being in Bisexual Populations at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Muzacz, A.K. (2009, Aug). Queer Aging: Social, Cultural and Sexual Considerations. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 117th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Muzacz, A.K., & Armstrong, K. (2009, Aug). Psychotherapy with BDSM Clients: Use and Implications of a Multicultural Approach. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 117th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Academic Credentials

Oregon State University, PhD Counseling
City College of the City University of New York, MA Mental Health Counseling
Barnard College of Columbia University, BA Psychology and Political Science

Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York
Nationally Certified Counselor (NBCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (CCE)