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Michelle Rivera-Clonch

Michelle Rivera-Clonch


office: McGregor 221
phone: 937-319-6306

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Michelle Rivera-Clonch previously worked at Western Carolina University, where she worked in Student Affairs as the director of the Women’s Center and Women’s Programs and as a faculty instructor. Before that appointment, she was a licensed mental health counselor in private practice and assistant director of the Personal Counseling Center at Rollins College. Rivera-Clonch has more than ten years of experience in mental health counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and licensed in the state of Florida (LMHC). Rivera-Clonch has conducted in-depth psychological and participatory research in Southeast Asia on psychological colonialization, global north and south relationships, and women activists’ peace and spirituality processes. Her dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institue was titled radioActive Psyche: A Peace-Centered Psychological Inquiry Into Cultural Secret, Symbol, and Re-Potentiated Social Action.


Cert., College Teaching, Kent State University (in progress)
M.A., Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
M.A., Mental Health Counseling (with honors), Rollins College
B.A., Psychology & Liberal Studies, University of Central Florida


  • “Destigmatizing College Counseling for First-Year Students: A Psychodrama Approach.” Journal of College Student Development 44(3), 250–254 (2008).


  • “Borders and Cartographic Consciousness: Ecopsychological Reflections from the Field.” Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2012.
  • “In Psyche’s Post-WWII Survival Kit: The Peace Symbol and UFOs.” Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2012.
  • “Roses & Garbage: A Liberation Oriented Inquiry into Archetypal Psychology.” Peace and Justice Studies Association and Gandhi-King Joint National Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, October 2011.