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Department of Counseling 
Assistant Professor

Marcella Rolle, PhD, LAPC, NCC, CAMS, is a recent transplant to Pennsylvania from Georgia where she has worked most of her career as a counselor. Professor Rolle has worked with graduate level counseling students, teaching such courses as group counseling, addictions counseling and career counseling. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology where she teaches and advises mental health counseling students.

Professor Rolle completed her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University where she is conducted research on the relationship between microaggressions, academic strategy development and region of upbringing among Black women in doctoral programs. Her hope is to use this data to develop best practices for supporting, mentoring, supervising and educating Black women in their doctoral journey.


  • PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision at Walden University, CACREP accredited (in progress)
  • Masters of Education in Professional Counseling, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, CACREP accredited (April 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Philosophy), Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN (May, 2004)


  • Practicum and Internship
  • Professional Development
  • Career Counseling
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Intro to Psychotherapy


Professor Rolle's research interests include:

  • Trauma-informed care and communities in the rural southern United States
  • Academic and wellness strategies for women of color in doctoral programs
  • Microaggressions among Black women in online degree programs
  • Counseling in the rural South


Rolle, M. E. (2018, June). Implementing social justice in the “deep south”. Omega Zeta Newsletter: The ‘O. Z.’. (pp. 2-3)

Rolle, M. E., Fellenger, S., and Whitman, J. S. (2019). The role of mentoring in counselor education. In J. Whitman & L. Haddock (Eds.), Skill development in counselor education: A comprehensive workbook (pp. 129-134). New York, NY: Routledge

Trainings and presentations

Glover, V., Hunt, D., Rolle, M., & Simpkins, T. (Panelists) (2019, May, 18). “Is it all in her head? Breaking the dark silence of mental illness.” Indigo Women’s Empowerment & Cultural Expo.

Rolle, M. (2019, April 18). Guest speaker on multicultural experiences. An online presentation for Walden University’s COUN 6723 Multicultural Counseling class. Ashburn, GA.

Riley, P. & Rolle, M. E. (2018, April 27). Establishing online mentoring relationships with CES faculty and doctoral students. A roundtable presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Rolle, M. E. (2018, May 30). Cultural diversity: Working towards cultural competence in community organizations. A presentation for the Sumer County Family Connections. Americus, GA.

Rolle, M. E. (2017, May 25). Cultural diversity: Working towards cultural competence in community organizations. A presentation for the Crisp County Community Council. Cordele, GA.

Rolle, M. E. (2017, November 18). Strategies for children and adolescent success: Parental
involvement in academic and mental health development. A presentation for the Children and
Youth Mental Health Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL.


  • American Counseling Association
    Member (2015 - Present)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    Member (2015 - Present)
  • Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
    Chi Sigma Iota (Omega Zeta Chapter)
    (2016 - Present)
  • Counselor Education and Supervision Liaison
    Licensed Professionals Counselors Association of Georgia
    Member (2018 - Present)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
    Member (2018 - Present)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    Graduate Student Committee Member (2019 - Present)