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Michelle Cox, Ph.D.

Interim Program Director, School Counseling
Professor, School Counseling and School Psychology
Phone: (760) 952-1765, Ext. 2284
Fax: (760) 952-1734
Michelle R. Cox, Ph.D., has been teaching in APU’s School Counseling and School Psychology program since 2003, and is also an associate college counselor for Victor Valley College. Prior to working for Victor Valley College, Cox assisted in the development of the Workforce Preparation program at Chaffey College, where she provided educational and vocational counseling to students receiving CalWorks benefits. She also served as a part-time instructor for the University of La Verne, teaching in the Educational Counseling program. Cox also has experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, serving clients who have suffered injuries and require services to return to suitable and gainful employment. She established her own career counseling service, providing job-seeking skills to clients, as well as assistance in the completion of professional résumés. Cox is active in the community, having served as a member and president of the Adelanto School District Board of Education, and as a member of the Snowline Joint Unified School District Multicultural Committee. Her research focuses on cultural issues related to the practice of counselor education, as well as career development.


  • Ph.D., Counseling Studies, Capella University
  • M.A., Education (Emphasis in Counseling), California State University, San Bernardino
  • B.A., Communications, University of La Verne


  • California Pupil Personal Services Credential, School Counseling


School of Education

  • School Counseling and School Psychology

Courses Taught

  • EDCO 528 – Community, Family, and School Collaboration
  • EDCO 533 – Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • EDCO 535 – Professionalism, Ethics, and Law
  • EDCO 549 – Career Development Theories and Techniques
  • EDCO 550 – Crisis/Trauma Response and Interventions
  • EDCO 555 – Group Counseling Skills
  • EDCO 575 – Clinical Practica
  • EDCO 579 – Sociocultural Competence