Alexia de León

Assistant Professor and PMHC-A Program Co-Director

Dr. de León currently serves as co-director of the Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions Specialization program. She is also the Director of Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services. Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents and families struggling with substance abuse, as well as working with college-aged students and athletes struggling with a myriad of mental health concerns. She currently provides culturally responsive supervision to Latino Problem Gambling Services and works with problem gamblers and their families at Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services. Her research interests include: cross-cultural supervision and support for Latina supervisors, integrating contemplative practices into learning environments to foster social justice learning and the intersection of communities of color and addictions counseling.

She has taught many courses in the professional mental health counseling realm including: Mental Health Counseling Foundations, Intro to Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions and Social Justice, Practicum and Internship, Drugs, Brain and Behavior, Social Justice and Diversity and Models of Addiction and Recovery. She recently began teaching the elective titled Pre-Practicum in Community Engagement where she was able to implement service learning projects, which is another area of interest for her. She utilizes an anti-oppressive pedagogy named Sentipensante in all of her classes. This pedagogy incorporates contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation and other practices, as a way to help ground students and liberate them from past experiences of oppression (Rendón, 2009).

Dr. de León is a first-generation college student and therefore recognizes the value in mentoring relationships for other first-generation college students. As a 2016 NBCC Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Fellow, Dr. de León continues to mentor students and new professionals in the counseling profession. She is dedicated to breaking down barriers and creating better access to education among other resources for marginalized communities.


McKinley, H., Langellier, K., DeLeon, A., Avery, D., Tribitt, T., & Lamb, B. (December 2016). Pretest and Posttest Quasi-experimental Design: A Cohort Model of Collaborative Research Team. Sage Publications.

Yates, C., DeLeon, A. & Rapp, M. (2015). Generic Qualitative Inquiry of an Abstinence Project Used in Addictions Courses.  The Professional Counselor 7(4): 318-329


Lister, K., Gess, J., Avery, D., & DeLeon, A. (2015). Suicide in the LGBTQ Community: Cultural Considerations for Working with Clients at Risk. Presented at Idaho Counseling Association Conference, Pocatello, Idaho.

DeLeon, A., Salazar, B., McKinley, H., Lamb, B., Langellier, K., & Tribitt, T. (2015). Culturally Responsive Supervision: Working with Latino Supervisees and Clients. Presented at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (Roundtable), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DeLeon, A., Tribitt, T., Langellier, K., & Lamb, B. (2016). Finding Your Own Frontier: A Collaborative Team’s Experience Conducting Research. Presented at Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Langellier, K. & DeLeon, A. (2016). Inspiring Advocacy and Activism in Counselors in Training Through Service Learning. Presented at Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Martinez, H., DeLeon, A., & Tribitt, T. (2016). Transforming Relationships in the Classroom. Presented at Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (Roundtable), Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Rapp, M., Yates, C., & DeLeon, A. (2016). Understanding the Pedagogy Behind the Abstinence Project in Addictions Curriculum. Presented at Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Howells, R., Langellier, K., DeLeon, A. & Tribitt, T. (2017). Creating Connection: Incorporating Art, Culture and Music into Multicultural Counseling. Presented at Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

DeLeon, A. & Tribitt, T. (2018). The Many Roles of an Educator: Fostering Agents of Change Within and Beyond the Classroom. Presented at American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Conference, Irvine, California.

DeLeon, A. & Tribbit, T. (2018). Combating Fear and Anxiety in the Classroom Through the Use of Contemplative Practices. Presented at Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Santa Rosa, California.

Dorn-Medeiros, C. & DeLeon, A. (2018). Problem Gambling and Internet Gaming Disorder: Introducing Process Addictions in Counselor Education. Presented at Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Santa Rosa, California.


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