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Selma D. Yznaga, Ph.D.

Selma D. Yznaga Ph.D. 

Selma D. Yznaga Ph.D.
Director of Academic Advising
Department of Educational Psychology
and Leadership Studies



Dr. Selma de Leon Yznaga is an associate professor in Counseling and Guidance. Her professional experience involves 15 combined years of teaching and school counseling at the elementary and secondary levels. Most recently, Dr. Yznaga helped to establish The Community Counseling Clinic at UTB, which serves as the counselor education training lab for the program. She has served as the Clinic’s Coordinator for over six years. The Clinic is a nationally recognized, award-winning training lab that specializes in the mental health care needs of a largely underserved Hispanic population.

A passionate advocate for social justice, Dr. Yznaga is the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s ‘Ohana Award for Social Justice and the Texas Counseling Association’s Molly Gerold Human Rights Award. Her practicum and internship students can always expect to roll up their sleeves and step out of the Clinic setting to visit neighborhoods and provide counseling-related community service to residents who are not able to come to the Clinic due to health care, child care, or transportation obstacles. In 2007, Dr. Yznaga founded the Texas Counselors for Social Justice Division within the Texas Counseling Association. She hopes that the Division will serve as a unifying voice for professional counselors in Texas that confronts oppressive institutions and empowers individuals to live with dignity and respect.

Dr. Yznaga is active in professional counseling associations, and has made numerous state and national presentations at professional conferences. She contributes as a member of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgendered Issues in Counseling, School Counselor Association, and Counselors for Social Justice, all at both the state and national levels. She has served as the co-chair of the Texas Counseling Association’s School Counselor Issues, Advocacy, and Public Policy Committee and the Ethics Committee. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Counselor’s Legislative Involvement Committee and the Texas Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. She was awarded Counselor Educator of the Year by the Texas School Counseling Association in the fall of 2008. Dr. Yznaga is currently serving on the Texas Counseling Association’s Board of Directors.


Selma Yznaga Ph.D.

Teaching Interest:

Counseling Practicum I
Counseling Internship I
Counseling Internship II
Introduction to Research for Counselors

Course Schedule:

​COUN 6368.01 7:15pm-10:00pm Thursday MAIN 1.400

Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

OYznaga, S. (2008). Using the genogram to facilitate the intercultural competence of Mexican immigrants. The Family Journal, 16(2), p. 159-165.

Yznaga, S. (2008). Counselor education clinics as community resources. In J. Myers and K. Mobley’s Developing and Directing Counselor Education Laboratories (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Yznaga, S. (2008). Building bridges, not walls: Working respectfully with the Mexican- descent population in counseling. Three-Part Series in the Newsletter of the Texas Association of Multicultural Education and Counseling, January, March, and May, 2008.

Yznaga, S. (2008). Social justice counseling approved in Texas. The Activist: The Newsletter of the American Counseling Association Counselors for Social Justice, 8(3), 1-4).

Yznaga, S. (2006). Time for change: Revisions to the ACA, ASCA, and LPC ethical Codes. Guidelines, The Newsletter of the Texas Counseling Association, 54(3), p. 6-7.

Yznaga, S. (2005). Everybody has a big but, or: Advocacy – just do it!

Guidelines, The Newsletter of the Texas Counseling Association, p. 6-7.

Office Hours
Spring 2015

Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday: By Appointment
Wednesday: By Appointment
Thursday: By Appointment
Friday: By Appointment

Office: MAIN 1.402D


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