Michelle J. Rose, PhD, LPC, ACS

Director, Clinical Coordinator, and Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Phone: 971-418-9048

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Michelle J. Rose (formerly Cox) has a PhD in human development and family sciences, with doctoral minors in counseling and gerontology from Oregon State University. She earned an MA in counseling from George Fox University. Her doctoral research, on the topic of transcendence, focused on leisure, physical health behaviors and volunteer activities as predictors of mental health in older adults – including those with dementias. Dr. Rose is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and holds professional memberships with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).

A two-sport athlete during her undergraduate education at Western Oregon University, Dr. Rose was always intrigued by the demands on scholar athletes. She worked with this population as a counselor and later as the director of student health and counseling at her alma mater, while developing a practice specialty with athletes and those in high-performance professions who demonstrated eating disordered behaviors.

Her academic training, population of interest (high-performance professionals) and older adults with dementias, sparked her interest in the way concussions impact the brain. Dr. Rose focused her research on learning about secondary dementias (those caused by illness and injury). Dr. Rose became an advocate for early clinical assessment for dementia in clients who report closed head injuries. She explains, “Early detection of dementia-related symptoms means early treatment, which can extend the brain’s plasticity and allow for mental health treatment to prepare clients and their families to manage the disease.”

An ordained pastor, Dr. Rose studies spiritual integration in clinical mental health counseling and has presented on this topic at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), APA, ACA and ORCA conferences. She published The Spiritual Integration Toolbox in the July 2013 edition of Counseling Today. Dr. Rose’s other publications include the chapter, Jungian Theory and Therapy, in The Quick Theory Reference Guide (Jordan, 2007).

Message to new students:

Hi all. I accepted each of you to this program because I believe you will make this world a better place. You also bring unique qualities and experiences that will enhance others’ learning. I commit to helping you succeed in the program. I take our calling to clinical mental health counseling seriously because I know how people are impacted by the quality of our work. Counseling is a meaningful and demanding profession that, when managed well, offers rewards I have never found in other professions.

I want all of my students to make me obsolete. I feel successful when I see students I once taught leading organizations, serving their clients and profession, and becoming passionate about healing others. If you speak with me about mental health, you will see that all business side come out.

Some people might call me witty, but that is just a polite way of saying I am naturally sarcastic. I have lots of quirky and surprising interests. I collect Chucks (for you youngsters, those are old-school Converse tennis shoes). I have 32 pair in different colors and I am constantly on the hunt for unique colors. I love crafting and upcycling furniture so much that my husband just upgraded the garage with 220 wiring, an infrared heater, and two tool benches just for me so I can keep up my hobby during the winter. Together, we have five children, lots of in-laws, and one set is working on our fourth grandchild. Our house has always been the gathering place and we would not want it any other way. My Italian grandmother would be proud. I also love to play billiards – especially in dive bars – but I am always safe. If you visit Portland, let’s schedule some time to play pool. The best thing about my wonderful life, without question, is my husband Mark. I often feel like I was designed to perfectly match him (he is older). We are two happy peas in a pod, married in August of 2022 and my great friend and colleague, Dr. Amy O’Hana officiated. I hope what you read in this biography is my orientation to people and family and that you come to feel part of a community here at UWS.


  • The Spiritual Integration Toolbox - Counseling Today July 2013
  • Jungian Theory and Therapy - The Quick Theory Reference Guide (Jordan, 2007)