Devika Dibya Choudhuri

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Leadership and Counseling

304E John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May of 2001
    Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women's Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May of 2001
  • MS, Counseling, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, May of 1994
  • BA, Psychology and Women's Studies, Smith College, Northampton, MA, May of 1990


Devika Dibya Choudhuri is a faculty member in the Counseling Program at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. She completed her undergraduate work at Smith College, her MS in counseling from the University of Vermont and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Syracuse University. She currently serves as the chair of the President's Commission for Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University, and has been working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion for much of her professional life.

She is a licensed professional counselor in Michigan and Connecticut with over 20 years of experience working with clients individually, as well as in couples, families and groups. Clinically, she specializes in cross cultural and diversity issues, as well as trauma, assault and abuse, working with refugee populations, sexual assault and abuse survivors, and immigrant and multicultural populations. She is also a certified coach, consultant and frequent presenter on cultural competence, diversity and ethical issues. She teaches courses such as cross cultural counseling, advanced multicultural counseling, counseling skills, group work, crisis and trauma, couple and family, and counseling women and LGBTQ populations.

Dibya Choudhuri has over 50 presentations and publications focused on the areas of multicultural client issues, counselor supervision and pedagogy. She has published a textbook on multicultural counseling, and edited a set of eight monographs in the series. She serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals in the field of counseling and psychology. She carries the National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor credentials as well as the Approved Clinical Supervisor. Professionally, she has served in leadership positions in state and national counseling organizations, as well as serving on the National Board of Certified Counselors both as a director and as chair of the international accrediting organization.

  • 2018 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair: Transformative Leadership for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in higher education.
  • Interim Chair, President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion- EMU (2018)
  • Human Rights Commissioner, City of Ypsilanti, MI (2018–2020)
  • Process Observer, Association of Specialists in Groupwork Board (2017–2018)
  • Co-Chair, International Committee, Association of Specialists in Groupwork (2016–2017)
  • Minority Fellowship Program-Doctoral Advisory Council, NBCC Foundation (2015–2017)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of LGBT Issues (2017–present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision (2014–present)
  • Supervision Initiative Project, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2014–2016)
  • Co-Chair, University Committee. EMDR International Association (2013–2015)
  • Board of Directors, National Board of Certified Counselors (2009–2015)
  • Reviewer, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2005–present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (2004–2007)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Counseling and Development (2001–2004)
  • Editor, Dimensions of Counseling, Journal of the Michigan Counseling Association (2001–2004)


  • Couple and family counseling
  • Case management: community resources in clinical mental health counseling
  • Internship and practicum in counseling
  • Theories of counseling
  • Counseling skills and counseling process
  • Group work
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Sexuality counseling
  • Trauma informed counseling

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2017). Oppression of the Spirit. In S. Anderson and V. Middleton (Eds.). Explorations in Diversity: Examining privilege and oppression in a multicultural society (3rd Ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2017). Cultural contexts of counseling process: Add ingredients and simmer. In P.C Rowell and J. Benshoff (Ed.). Processing the Process: Art, Skills, and Application in Counseling and Counselor Education Book. Sentia Publishing. e978-0-9986948-0-1
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2016, Winter). Groupwork with refugees: Stitching connections. The Group Worker, 46(3), 9–11.
  • Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. and Choudhuri, D. D. (2016). Tracing LGBTQ Community college student experiences. In C. C. Ozaki and R. L. Spaid (Eds.) Applying College Change Theories to Student Affairs Practice: New Directions for Community Colleges, 174. DOI: 10.1002/cc.20202
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2015). Working together with haiku: Developing skills and the co-leader relationship in group supervision. M. Luke and K.M. Goodrich (Eds.) Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities for Supervision (pp 266–272). Alexandria, VA: ASGW Press.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2015). Multicultural issues in counseling Asian Americans. I. Marini and M. Stebnicki (Eds.). The Professional Counselor's Desk Reference (2nd Ed.) New York: Springer.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. and Kraus, K. L. (2014). Buddhist perspectives for addressing values conflicts in counseling: Possibilities from practice. Journal of Counseling and Development. 92(2),194–201.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2013). Legacies of blood and shame: Intimate partner violence among African American women. In E. Z. Gallaher and V. C. Polite (Eds.) African American Females: Addressing challenges and nurturing the future. Michigan State University Press.
  • Ng, K–M, Choudhuri, D.D., Noonan, B. M., and Cebollas, P. (2012). An internationalization competency checklist for American counseling training programs. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 34(1), 19–38, DOI: 10.1007/s10447-011-9141-5
  • Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. and Choudhuri, D. D. (2011). A primer on LGBTQ students at community colleges: Considerations for research and practice. New Directions for Community Colleges: Special Issue: New Directions for Marginalized Students, 155, 35–49, DOI: 10.1002/cc.456

Selected Presentatons

  • Atiyeh, S., Choudhuri, D., and Dari, T. (February 3, 2018). Effective groups with refugees and immigrants. Addressing acculturation needs. Association of Specialists in Group Work Biannual Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Whitman, J., Colburn, A., Choudhuri, D. D., and Kemer, G. (October 4, 2017). Holding the tension: A skills training workshop for responding to values conflicts in supervision. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Biannual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (May 24, 2017). Historical Trauma: The Implications of Multigenerational Transmission of Trauma on African-American Communities. Round table discussion at Bridging the Gap: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (May 24, 2017). Cultural competence in trauma-informed care. Presentation at Bridging the Gap: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
  • Colburn, A., Whitman, J. S., Choudhuri, D. D., Elliott, G., and Kemer, G. (March 17, 2017). Holding the Tension: Congruence and ethics in supervising values conflicts. Panel presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Bhatt, C., Choudhuri, D. D., and Webber, J. (March 18, 2017). Group Interventions in the Aftermath of Violence, Terrorism, and Dislocation. Presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Choudhuri, D. D., (March 19, 2017). Cultural competence with Trauma. Presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2016, May 28). LGBTQ+ Identities: Intersecting selves and communities. Roundtable presentation at the NBCC and Affiliates 2016 Bridging the Gap Symposia. Reston, VA.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. (2016, February 20). Working with Haiku: Creative discomfort for interpersonal skills. Presentation at the Association for Specialists in Group Work Annual Conference. Alexandria, VA.
  • Choudhuri, D. D. and Ametrano, A. M. (2015, October 10). Teaching Crisis and Trauma: Strategies and Caveats. Presentation at the Association for Counselor Education And Supervision National Conference. Philadelphia, PA
  • Choudhuri, D. D. and Ametrano, A. M. (2015, July 18). Strategies for helping supervisees reconcile value differences with clients. Presentation at the ASERVIC Conference on Spirituality, Ethics, Religion and Values in Counseling. New York City, NY.


  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling
  • EMDR International Association
  • Licensures and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Connecticut, Michigan)
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NBCC)
  • Certified EMDR Therapist (EMDRIA)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (CCE)
  • National Certified Counselor (NBCC)