Noelany Pelc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Dept of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Dr. Pelc brings clinical experience working with women and children who were survivors of trauma and relational violence, particularly as those experiences intersected with marginalized and disenfranchised identities. She has gone on to work with Latina community outreach and crisis intervention in the Chicagoland area of Illinois. Most recently Dr. Pelc gathered experience working with college counseling students, dual-diagnosis mental health concerns and cross-addiction within a residential setting, and training in psychological assessment for impaired professionals. Additionally, she has provided supervision to graduate students within community and private agencies. She approaches clinical work from a Relational-Cultural lens, highlighting patterns of socialization, relational images, and barriers in growth-fostering connections, while integrating elements from existential and gestalt theory.
Dr. Pelc utilizes a similar approach to supervision and research mentorship, using a developmental model for goal-setting and a feminist-relational interpersonal style, and attending to power differentials within relationships.
Dr. Pelc's research interests follow two lines general lines of research within the Counseling Psychology identity. Previous research has explored the perception of the American Dream, considering its roots in the Protestant Work Ethic and the fluidity of its definition over time. More specifically, research has focused on intergenerational differences by immigration cohort, ethnic group, and age. Her research has also included variables of national identity, perception of Americanness, and outgroup derogation within changing political and historical climates. Her research has also explored theoretical and clinical interventions within vocational counseling training, targeting microskills and developmental models in collaboration with Multitheoretical Psychotherapy.
- Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, Counseling Psychology
- M.A, Roosevelt University, Clinical Professional Psychology
- B.A., Roosevelt University, Psychology