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Mike Chaney Headshot

Associate Professor
Doctoral Program Coordinator
Department of Counseling
435G Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3084
[email protected]

Please refer to the department website for advising hours.

Courses Taught
Master's Level Courses:
Introduction to Counseling and Ethics
Diversity and Social Justice
Clinical Counseling Skills
Addictions Counseling

Doctoral Level Courses:
Advanced Group Counseling
Sociocultural, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling

My research interests have focused generally on counseling issues that influence historically oppressed communities. Although my research agenda is clearly directed toward the examination of the biopsychosocial consequences associated with the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other non-heterosexual/non-binary (LGBTQ+) individuals, it is also multifaceted. Under the umbrella of LGBTQ+ counseling issues, my scholarship can be sub-categorized into three areas: (a) substance use disorders (SUDs) and process addictions, (b) multicultural counseling and oppression, and (c) health issues among men who have sex with men (MSM). My interest in these issues stems from reflections on my experiences and professional questions that inspired me to research my clients’ descriptions of their various experiences and struggles. To study these areas, I use a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in order to balance the advantages and limitations of specific techniques. In sum, I have numerous publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and regularly give presentations and workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of substance use disorders, sexual compulsivity, LGBTQ+ issues, male body image, social justice and advocacy in counseling.

My personal passions include running road and trail races. biking, working out and crossfit training. I need to do these activities because I am also a major foodie. Finally, I am a dog-dad to Georgia and Luna who were rescued from the 2017 Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX.

Georgia State University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), May 2004, [Counseling]; Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) August 2001, [Professional Counseling]; Masters of Science (M.S.), May 2000, [Professional Counseling]; The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), December 1996. Major/Minor: Psychology/Criminology

I am always willing to involve students in my research, writing, and presenting. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me. You can also view examples of my publications.

Professional Service
My service and leadership within the counseling profession is extensive. In 2024, I was elected to the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Governing Council, as the representative for the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE). I am a member of the ACA Ethics Committee and Past-President of SAIGE, a division of ACA. Over the years, I have chaired the ACA Human Rights Committee, Bylaws Committee, and Gender Equity Task Force. I am a former Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling and a current Editorial Review Board member for the Journal for Addictions and Offender Counseling and the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.

As part of my service to the counseling profession, I co-authored a series of articles to educate professional counselors about human rights in the counseling profession and have suggested via a podcast how professional counselors can dismantle hate against Transgender and Gender Expansive communities:

In 2023, I was honored to be inducted as an American Counseling Association Fellow.

Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
456 Pioneer Dr., MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2018