William Sterner

William Sterner (no photo)

Associate Director & Professor

School of Counseling

Academic Credentials

B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. William R. Sterner is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Marymount University. He teaches in the master’s and doctoral programs and served as the Ed.D. program coordinator from January 2014 to August 2015. He is currently serving as the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

 He received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education (2007) and an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education (1994) from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor and supervisor in Maryland and a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has been an Approved Clinical Supervisor since 2012.

 Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, he worked for nearly six years as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Drug and Alcohol Clinical Supervisor in Central Pennsylvania. He also worked for two years as a TASC Coordinator for the Centre County Pennsylvania MH/MR- D&A Office conducting substance abuse assessments with clients in the criminal justice system. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, he maintains a small private practice.

 His scholarly activities include numerous publications and presentations focusing on counseling supervision, career development, methodological issues in research, spiritual/religious issues, and mental health and substance abuse.

Teaching Area

Master’s Program

  • Bases of Psychopathology
  • Foundations in Counseling
  • Counseling for Individuals (Skills)
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Substance Abuse Assessment & Intervention

Doctoral Program

  • Clinical Skills Assessment Lab
  • Multivariate Analysis and Advanced Research Design
  • Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Counseling supervision
  • Mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Spirituality and religious issues
  • Career issues across the lifespan
  • Counselor competencies
  • Counselor educator competencies
  • Military and mental health




Phone: 703-284-5713

Email: wsterner@marymount.edu