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Taunya M. Tinsley, Ph.D., D.Min., NCC, LPC

Taunya M. Tinsley, Ph.D., D.Min., NCC, LPC

Associate Professor, Counseling Services, Human Resources

Dr. Taunya Marie Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. She is both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is a facilitator with the New Paradigm Ministries Leadership Training as part of the Ephesus Project and is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center both in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a wealth of experience providing appropriate personal and academic growth opportunities for those seeking to become professional master’s degree-level counselors as well as for those helping professionals seeking advanced or specialty areas of training and development in multicultural and social justice issues, spiritual and Christian interventions, and sports counseling/athlete development.

Dr. Tinsley has also managed to stay active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. She has served as the North Atlantic Regional Representative for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), the President of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association, and the President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network. Dr. Tinsley served on the board for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) in 2018-2019 as well as served as AMCD President July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Dr. Tinsley holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN where she was also inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2014. She received her M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development in 1995 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tinsley graduated in December 2005 from Duquesne University with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. In April 2013, she completed her requirements for the Certificate in Missional Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary. Finally, in December 2016 Dr. Tinsley earned her Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Prophetic Congregational Development Using 21st Century Methods, Establishing Strong Leadership from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.

Dr. Tinsley spent nine years at California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator for the Sports Counseling Certificate Program. She has also served as the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at both Waynesburg University and Missio Seminary as well as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Education and Counseling Department at Villanova University. She is currently an Associate Professor at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in the Counseling and Human Services program.