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Dr. SeriaShia J. Chatters

Dr.  SeriaShia J. Chatters
Phone: (814) 863-2413
Office Address:
327B CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education (Counselor Education)


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


Counselor Education
Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities


Dr. SeriaShia Chatters is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests focus on the impact of diversity on interpersonal violence with a specific focus on the prevention of bullying and harassment in secondary, postsecondary, and work settings. Additionally, her research focuses on how prejudice and bullying intersect, better known as bias-based bullying, and how different aspects of diversity such as ethnicity, race, disability, LGBT, religion, poverty, and veteran status impact experiences of bullying, cyberbullying, and interpersonal violence. Dr. Chatters uses novel methods, such as analysis of brainwave patterns in response to situations involving bullying situations, to investigate correlates of the aforementioned research areas.  

Dr. Chatters provides training for school personnel to aid them in developing an understanding of bias based bullying, how to respond to it, and how to work toward prevention in school settings.

Courses Taught

Foundations of Multicultural Counseling


Professional Issues in Counselor Education

Internship for Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities 

Education History

Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida M.A. in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida Graduate Certificate in Counseling the Military and Their Families Graduate Certificate in Evaluation

Representative Publications

Zalaquett, C., & Chatters, S. (2016). Veterans' mental health and career development: Key issues for practice. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal. Invited.

Zalaquett, C., & Chatters, S. (2015). Depression in children. In B. Flamez C. Sheperis (Eds.), Diagnosing and Treating Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (203-235). Hoboken, NJ:John Wiley & Sons Inc. Invited. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Baek, E. K., & Chatters, S. (2015). Using a collaborative approach in the evaluation of a graduate program. In L. Rodriguez-Campos (Ed.), Collaborative Evaluation in Practice: Insights from Business, Nonprofit, and Education (131-138). USA :Information Age Publications. Invited. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Collura, T., Zalaquett, C., Bonnstetter, R., & Chatters, S. ((2014). Towards an operational model of decision making, emotional regulation, and mental health impact. Advances in Mind Body Medicine, 28(4), 18-33.

Zalaquett, C., & Chatters, S. (2014). Cyberbullying in college: Practical implications. SAGE Open. Retreived from

Zalaquett, C., Chatters, S. & Ivey, A. (2013). Psychotherapy integration: Using a diversity-sensitive developmental model in the initial interview. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 43(1), 53-62.