Stephen Flynn is a Professor and Core Counselor Education Faculty Member. He serves Plymouth State University in the role of Research Fellow. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in New Hampshire and Colorado, and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. He has been a faculty member at Plymouth since 2012, having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota.
Dr. Flynn teaches core coursework in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology programs. He has diverse experience in applied mental health settings including a marriage and family training institute, university counseling center, private practice, mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospital, emergency room assessment team, as the director of two counselor training labs, and as the coordinator of clinical experiences for a CACREP accredited counseling program.
Dr. Flynn served as the President and Conference Planning Chair of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Flynn has led multiple empirical investigations in the counseling profession. His work has been published in a broad range of counseling journals, including The Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, Career Development Quarterly, The Family Journal, Counseling Outcomes Research and Evaluation, and The Professional Counselor.
Degrees and Education
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado
MA, Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology, Rowan University
BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
Social justice, multiculturalism, diversity
Crisis, disaster, and trauma
Contemporary issues in couple, marriage, and family counseling
Flynn, S.V. (2023). The Couple, Marriage, and Family Practitioner: Contemporary Issues, Interventions, and Skills. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Waalkes, P., Decino, D., & Flynn, S.V. (2021). A content analysis of qualitative dissertations in counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision, 60(3), 209-223, doi: 10.1002/ceas.12212
Flynn, S.V. (Ed.). (2022). Research design for the behavioral sciences: An applied approach. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Flynn, S.V., Laflamme, E., & Hays, D. G. (2020). A mixed-methods analysis of supports and barriers for rural college students. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 27(2), 1-32.
Black, L. L., & Flynn, S.V. (2021). Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster: A Clinician’s Guide. New York, NY: SAGE.
Flynn, S. V., Korcuska, J. S., Brady, N. V., & Hays, D. G. (2019). A 15-Year content analysis of three qualitative research traditions. Counselor Education and Supervision, 58 (1), 49-63, doi: 10.1002/ceas.12123
Flynn, S. V., & Korcuska, J. S. (2018). Credible phenomenological research: A mixed-methods study. Counselor Education & Supervision, 57 (1), 34-50. doi: 10.1002/ceas.12092
Flynn, S. V., & Korcuska, J. S. (2018). Grounded theory research design: An investigation into practices and procedures. Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation, 9(2), 102-116. doi:10.1080/21501378.2017.1403849
Flynn, S.V. (2021, October). Research design in the counseling profession: A theoretical and applied approach. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Inform Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Flynn, S.V., Korcuska, J. S., & Brady, N. (2018, September). A 15-Year Content Analysis of Three Qualitative Research Traditions. The North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) Conference, Burlington, VT.
Flynn, S.V. & Korcuska, J. (2017, October). Practices to Enhance Phenomenological Research: Grounding Empirical Findings in Strong Pedagogy. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Inform Conference, Chicago, IL.
Flynn, S.V., Mariska, M. A., & Escobar, S. (2016, October). Integrating an Empirically Validated Skill-Based Assessment into a Graduate Program Curriculum. The North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) Conference, Syracuse, NY.
Awards and Distinctions
Finalist: Distinguished Scholarship Award, Plymouth State University, 2017
Recipient: Honorary Faculty Inductee into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Plymouth State University, 2015
Nominee: Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2015
Nominee: Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2012
Dean Exemplary Performance in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2010
Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, 2009
Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Graduate School, University of Northern Colorado, 2009
Writing a Literature Review (co-taught, flipped classroom)
Working with Youth and Systems
Counselor Education & Supervision (internship)
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Crisis Intervention in Professional Counseling
Group Counseling Theories
Working with Children and Families
Legal and Ethical Aspects in Counseling
Research in Counselor Education
Theories of Counseling
Foundational Methods in Couple and Family Therapy
Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling (internship)
Marriage and Family Therapy (internship)
Leadership and Innovation
Founding Director, Youth Development and Marriage and Family Therapy 3 + 2 Option
Research Fellow, Plymouth State University
2018-2019 NARACES President and Conference Coordinator
2015-2018 Chair, Plymouth State University Institutional Review Board
Creator, Plymouth State University’s Counselor Training Laboratory
Founding Director, Plymouth State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Major and Certificate
Founding Advisor, Plymouth State University’s Graduate Research Society and Symposium
Committee Chair, Creation of Plymouth State University IRB procedures, guidelines, forms, and application