BiographyMichele D. Ribeiro started her studies at Appalachian State University in 1987 where she was first formally exposed to experiential education and group process. This training has been an anchor throughout all her personal and professional work since then. During that time she also started her para-professional student affairs work in career development, health education, and residence life. She then went on to attain her Masters in counseling at Indiana State University where she expanded her studies on family systems and multicultural counseling work while still continuing her career simultaneously in student affairs. After completing her masters degree, she moved to the Boston area and started her professional work as a family therapist and began her personal journey in meditation in 1995. This exposure to meditation was utilized through being a mindful therapist and helping bring theory and practice into clients’ healing process. After a year and a half of immersing herself in meditation, yoga and travel, Michele started the doctorate in counseling psychology program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and finished with an emphasis on multicultural counseling in 2005. Her ongoing training and experience in meditation and yoga brought her out west where she landed a job at the Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services department. Since then she has been teaching Creating Happiness classes to graduate and undergraduate students, serving on committees to bring yoga and mindfulness into the wider higher education arena and providing therapy, supervision, and training in the field of mental health.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Areas of Research include positive psychology, mental health promotion, mindfulness and group psychotherapy. Professional expertise include social justice practices, mindfulness and yoga in clinical practice and group psychotherapy.
Personal interests include time with family, hiking, yoga, practicing meditation, and traveling.
Published: Jun 19, 2010 by Longon
Authors: Ribeiro and Saleem
This article provides an overview of an outreach group/program to Muslim college women at a large university counseling center in the northeast. The article highlights themes covered in the group and qualitative outcome data.
Published: Apr 12, 2013
This video offers a brief look at the positive impact group can provide to students attending colleges and universities.