Evan Smarinsky

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2020

Evan Smarinsky

Contact Info


Evan Smarinsky, Ph.D. LMHC, completed his degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Arkansas.

Prior to earning his doctorate degree, he received his M.S. in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tulsa. As a licensed professional counselor, he has worked as a school-based mental health counselor at several elementary schools in northwest Arkansas. Prior to that, he worked as a counselor providing trauma-informed care to children, adolescents, and court-mandated adults in Tulsa. His clinical work has focused on trauma treatment and prevention in children and adolescents.

As an instructor, Smarinsky utilizes a learner-centered pedagogy with an emphasis on experiential learning exercises to facilitate transformational learning experiences. His research interests include gatekeeping in counselor education, mindfulness, professional identity and training in counselor education, and topics related to diversity and inclusion.


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • B.A., University of Tulsa

As a counselor educator, I was drawn to JWU because of its emphasis on experiential learning and its commitment to the counseling profession.

Scholarly Interests

Trauma-informed care
Treating children & adolescents
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Play therapy
Qualitative research


  • CSLG5500: Advanced Group Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • CSLG 6150: Advanced Individual Mental Health Counseling
  • CSLG 6899: Counseling Internship
  • CSLG5899: Counseling Practicum
  • RSCH6150: Research and Theories in Mental Health Counseling
  • CSLG5060 - Counseling Theories

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)
Rhode Island Mental Health Counselors Association (RIMHCA)