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Penelope Asay

Associate professor




  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, 2006.
  • M.A., College Student Personnel, University of Maryland, 2001.
  • B.A., Psychology, Connecticut College, 1996.


Penelope Asay, Psy.D. is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Asay has extensive experience working in university settings in a variety of capacities. Prior to joining ISPP, Chicago, Dr. Asay completed her clinical internship in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Purdue University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she specialized in crisis services. She regularly presents her research nationally and internationally, and she especially values collaborating with students and colleagues in these endeavors. Her current research includes trainees' comfort in discussing client sexuality explicitly across a range of sexual orientations and Internet and social media issues in training and practice. She has also presented on multicultural competence, feminist research process, women's career issues (particularly women in STEM fields), and group psychotherapy. Other interests include dreams in psychotherapy and supervision. She reintroduced the Psychology of Women course to the curriculum and founded (in collaboration with students) the Argosy Feminist Group. Two of Dr. Asay's most treasured experiences on the ISPP, Chicago faculty have been teaching Existential Psychotherapy in Berlin and Amsterdam in the Study Abroad program and serving on the faculty of the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) program. Nationally, Dr. Asay serves as the Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee of APA's Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), a committee charged with partnering with agencies local to the annual APA convention and providing needed services or programs. Dr. Asay has done pro bono group work with the Center on Halsted and maintains a small private practice downtown. Her approach to therapy has an existential foundation, and it is influenced by feminist and interpersonal process theories, among others.


  • LGBT Issues.
  • Group Psychotherapy.
  • Women's Issues.

Selected Publications

  • Fassinger, R. E. & Asay, P.A. (2006). Career counseling for women in math, science, technology, and engineering fields. In W.B. Walsh & M. Happner (Eds.), Handbook of Career Counseling for Women (2nd Ed.) (pp.427-452). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Fassinger, R. E., Arseneau, J., Paquin, J., Walton, H., Giordan, J., Asay, P., et al. (2006). It’s elemental: Enhancing career success for women in the chemical industry. College Park: University of Maryland.
  • Kim, B. S. K., Cartwright, B. Y., Asay, P. A., & D’Andrea, M. J. (2003). Multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills scale-Counselor edition-Revised: Factor analysis, reliability, and validity. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 36, 161-180.
  • Kim, B. S. K., Brenner, B. R., Liang, C. T. H., & Asay, P. A. (2003). A qualitative study of adaptation experiences of 1.5-generation Asian Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 9, 156-170.
  • Kim. B. S. K., Hill, C. E., Gelso, C. J., Goates, M. K., Asay, P. A., & Harbin, J. M. (2003). Counselor self-disclosure, East Asian American client adherence to Asian cultural values, and counseling process. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 324-333.


  • American Psychological Association.
  • Association for Women in Psychology.


  • Asay, P.A. (August, 2011). Group psychotherapy in college and university counseling centers: A national survey of current trends, issues, what works, and what gets in the way. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Asay, P.A. & Pytluk, S. (August, 2011). Let’s talk about sex…or not: Counseling and clinical trainee comfort, experience, and fears in discussing explicit client sexual behavior. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Asay, P.A., Lal, A. (August, 2010). Online social networking concerns and experiences of psychology trainees. In S. Pytluk (Chair) Computers and the couch: The new norms of practice in the information age. Symposium conducted at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Asay, P. A., & Walton, H. (February, 2010). Sensory overload for feminist researchers When the vision stings the eyes and the voices go unheard. Structured discussion presented at the annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Portland, OR.
  • Asay, P. A. (June, 2009). Counselor and client perceptions of counselor multicultural competency. Paper presented at the annual Society for Psychotherapy Research International Conference, Santiago, Chile.