Texas Tech University

aretha faye marbley, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology and Leadership

Email: aretha.marbley@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5541

Fax: 806-742-2179

Office: Education 211

Dr. aretha faye marbley is Professor and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University.  She is a critical global multicultural social justice womanist activist, scholar, storyteller, servant, transdisciplinary scholar and morally engaged researcher whose multicultural-social justice work has spanned over four decades.  As a helper, healer, and advocate for those marginalized, she critically examines the intersectionality of multiple social identities and listens to the experiences, voices, and counternarratives of marginalized women, communities, and people trapped in oppressive social structures, locations, and statuses. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including national human rights, social justice anti-oppression, and research award.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision 

Areas of Expertise

Health, Mental Health, & Community Activism:

  • Human, Social, Cultural Rights
  • Marginality; Intersectionality of Identities
  • Counterstories and Counternarratives of Silenced Voices
  • Womanist and Feminist Voice
  • Cultural Competency

Selected Publications

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Marbley, A. F.,
Bonner, F. A., II, Robinson, P. A., Stevens, H., Li, J., Phelan, K., & Huang, S-H. (In Press). Voices from the Field of Social Justice: Defining Moments in Our Professional Journeys. Multicultural Education.

Li, J., Marbley, A. F., Bradley, L. J., & Lan, W. (In Press). "Attitudes toward seeking counseling services among Chinese international students: Acculturation, ethnic identity, and language proficiency, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Marbley, A.  F., Stevens, H., Taylor, C., Ritter, R. B, McGaha, V. K., Robinson, P. A., Bonner, F., A, II, &  Li, J. Q. (2015) Mental health consultation: An untapped tool for facilitating potentially volatile intercultural diversity group dialogues. Multicultural Education, 22, 8-15.

Bonner, F. A., II, Marbley, A. F., Evans, M., & Robinson, P. (2014). Triple jeopardy: A qualitative investigation of the experience of nontraditional African-American female students in one Hispanic serving institution. Journal of African American Studies, 19, 36-51. DOI 10.1007/s12111-014-9287-4

Marbley, A. F., Bonner, F. A., II, Williams, V. A., Morris, P. A., Ross, W., Burley, H. (2013). Preparing White Campuses for African American Students. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 13 (2), 91-102.

Marbley, A. F. & Rouson, L. (2013). Indigenous systems within the African-American community: Stories, studies, and statistics of the resiliency of the African-American family. Multicultural Education: Special Issue: 20th Anniversary Celebration. (Reprinted from Multicultural Education, 18(2011) (4), pp. 4-9.

Marbley, A. F., Wong, A., Santos, S., Pratt, C., & Jaddo, L. (2011). Women faculty of color: Voices, gender, and the expression of our multiple identities within academe. Advancing Women in Leadership, 31, 166-174.

Marbley, A. F., Wimberly, C., Berg, R. G., Rouson, L., & Wilkins, E. (2011). Case Studies of African American Families: Self-Reports of Ethnically Diverse Practitioners. Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 19, 174-181.

Marbley, A. F., Malott, K. M., Flaherty, & Frederick, H. I. (2011). Multicultural social-justice in schools:  Three issues with a call to action. Journal for Social Justice Action in Counseling and Psychology, 3(1), 59-73.


Bonner, F. A. II,  Marbley, A. F., Hughes, R. L., Tuitt, F., Robinson, P. A. (Eds)  (2014). Black Faculty in the Academy: Narratives for Negotiating Identity and Achieving Career Success. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

Bonner, F. A., II, Marbley, A. F., & Howard-Hamilton, M. (Eds.) (2011). Diverse Millennial students in College:  Implications for faculty and student affairs. Sterling, VA Stylus.

Marbley, A. F. (2011). Multicultural counseling—Perspectives from counselors as clients of color. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.


Marbley, A. F., Denham, A., Simpson, D. (Eds). (Winter 2007). Schools, Culture and Trauma [Special Issue]. Multicultural Education, 15,(2). 2

Kees, N. L., Carlson, L., Parmley, R., Dahlen, P., Evans, K., Marbley, A. F., Rozdzial, M., & Seems, S., Snyder, B. (2005) Women and counseling: A vision for the future. Journal of Counseling and Development: Special Issue: Women and Gender Issues, 83, 381-383.