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Faculty: Jesse Aros

Dr. Jesse Aros

Founding Director and Counselor for the University Counseling Center at UHV

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Dr. Aros is the founding director and counselor for the University Counseling Center at UHV. Before assuming this post, he served as director of the student counseling and disability service units at Texas A&M International University, as graduate program director of counseling and associate professor at St Mary’s College of California, and as a tenured associate professor of counseling at the University of Guam. Dr Aros currently is on the American Psychological Association’s national Committee on Disability Issues as well as the National Latino/a Psychological Association liaison to the Kellogg Foundation funded Helping Hands, Helping Minds project, a coalition that coordinates and serves racial, cultural and linguistic minority emergency response and preparedness needs in major US disasters.

Recently, he served as a former committee chair on diversity and governing board member for the Association of University & College Counseling Center Directors, the accreditation review board for the International Association Counseling Services and sundry other capacities in related organizations. Dr Aros has authored or co-authored approximately 42 publications, 9 grants, 1 memorandum of understanding between two Texas universities for counseling center services, and 1 mutual aid compact within Texas to better provide services in system counseling centers following a major crisis.

He is a licensed psychologist in Texas, nationally registered as Health Service Provider in Psychology; and listed on the National Provider Index. At present, Dr Aros has approximately 6370 hours of postdoctoral experience running university counseling centers, 2710 hours of volunteer clinical administrative experience; and, 19725 hours of faculty experience in counseling and psychology on the Eastern and Western hemispheres for a running total of 28,833 postdoctoral hours since 1995. Before his doctorate, Dr Aros accrued some 6, 845 hours of experience as a counselor, 1,630 hours of teaching and supervision, 600 volunteer clinical hours, and 321 hours of volunteer experience promoting mental health and research broadly defined and practiced. To date, he has given about 38,201 hours promoting wellness and positive identity in multiple settings across the United States and abroad.