Meet Our Faculty
Dustin K. Shepler, PhD
Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 123
Dr. Shepler joined the Michigan School of Professional Psychology as a Core Faculty member in 2012. Prior to joining MiSPP, he completed his APA-accredited predoctoral internship at The University of North Carolina – Charlotte Counseling Center. In his clinical work, Dr. Shepler has provided evidence-based therapy services at college counseling centers and conducted court-ordered psychological evaluations for juveniles involved in the legal system. While he specializes in working with teenagers and young adults, Dr. Shepler has provided therapy and assessment services to a wide range of clients from a variety of backgrounds and currently sees clients in private practice. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at various national and regional conferences. He views research as an important aspect of graduate training and runs a research team composed of MiSPP students. Dr. Shepler serves as the Treasurer for the Division 17 Section on LGBT Issues and as the Awards Committee co-chair for the ACPA Commission on Counseling and Psychological Services. He also serves on the MiSPP Institutional Review Board and Scholarship Committee.
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Cognate in Social Psychology, Ball State University
- M.A. in Social Psychology & Counseling, Ball State University
- B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, The University of Findlay
- Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research, Ball State University
- Limited License Psychologist – Michigan
Areas of Expertise
- LGBT Affirmative Therapy
- Sexual Identity Development
- Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Therapy
- Therapy/Counseling Psychology
- Young Adults and College Students
- Group Therapy
- Psychological Assessment & Evaluation
- Young Adults
- Therapist Competency
- Developmental Approaches to Psychologist Training
Shepler, D. K. (2012, August). Sexual and gender identity labels: A source of oppression and empowerment in Park, J. and Gerstein, L. H. Enhancing counselors’ competencies with LGBT clients: Revisiting implicit values. Symposium presented at the 120th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Shepler, D. K., & Perrone-McGovern, K. M. (2012, August). Distress and esteem: Sexual identity development status matters, sexual orientation does not. Poster presented at the 120th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Woosley, S. A., & Shepler, D. K. (2012, March). The ‘possibilities’ of diverse interactions: A study of the power of contact. Symposium submitted to the 87th annual American College Personnel Association Convention, Louisville, KY.
Shepler, D. K. (2011, March). GLB Greeks: A different kind of “sibling” support. In Hall, D. A., Shepler, D. K., Laskowski, L. T. & Miller, D. J. (Co-Chairs). GLB students in Greek organizations and athletic teams: Finding community. Symposium presented at the 86th annual American College Personnel Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Hall, D. A., Shepler, D. K., Laskowski, L. T., & Miller, D. J., (2011, March). Becoming truly inclusive: Institutional advocacy for transgender students. Poster presented at the 86th annual American College Personnel Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Shepler, D. K. (2011, March). Furries in therapy: Assessment and intervention. In Shepler, D. K., & Hall, D. A. (Co-Chairs). Furries and plushies: New sexuality or modern fetish? Symposium presented at the 86th annual American College Personnel Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Shepler, D. K., Hall, D. A., Laskowski, L. T. & Miller, D. J. (2011, March). The revolving closet door: Identity actualization in “split-identity” GLB students. Poster presented at the 86th annual American College Personnel Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Shepler, D. K., & Miller, D. J. (2009, August). Considerations for counseling GLB clients: Is coming out always best? Poster presented at the 117th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
Shepler, D. K., & Woosley, S. A. (2012). Understanding the early integration experiences of college students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Disability and Education, 25(1).
Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Ksiazak, T. M., Wright, S. L., Vannatter, A., Hyatt, C., Shepler, D. & Perrone, P. A. (2011). Major life decisions of gifted adults in relation to overall life satisfaction. Journal for the Education of the Gifted. 34(6), 817-838.
Woosley, S. A., & Shepler, D. K. (2011). Understanding the early integration experiences of first-generation college students. College Student Journal, 45(4), 700-714.
Shepler, D. K. (2010). Caring for the self while caring for another: A man’s experience with secondary trauma. In Trotter-Mathison, M., Koch, J. M., Sanger, S. & Skovholt, T. M. (Eds.). Voices from the field: Defining moments in counselor and therapist development (pp.70-72). New York: Routledge.
- Private Practice through Wentworth & Associates
- Alumni Advisor for Theta Chi Fraternity at The University of Findlay
- Midwestern Psychological Association
- American Psychological Association
- Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues)
- Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)
- Division 17 Section on LGBT Issues
- American College Personnel Association
- Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services
- Standing Committee on LGBT Issues
- Please describe your teaching philosophy.
I assume a developmental approach to teaching and have high standards for graduate students. Rigorous courses with high expectations are an integral component of graduate level education and students are able to learn, grow, and rise to meet high expectations when they are provided with mentorship, support, and access to a strong academic community. Students should be provided with opportunities to develop the full range of skills required of a professional psychologist and various modalities of teaching are necessary to facilitate professional growth. There is always a place for humor and spontaneous conversation in teaching.
- Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology
Psychological services should be informed by theory and research and provided by well-trained professionals. Well-trained professionals are knowledgeable of research findings as well as culture and human development.
- What advice would you give to a student entering the Michigan School of Professional Psychology?
Be open to growing personally and professionally, dedicate yourself to your own development, trust the process, and build a strong support system within and outside of the MiSPP community.