Penelope Asay

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Feminist Psychology, Technology, Group Psychotherapy, Training, Career



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


Dr. Asay has extensive experience working in university settings in a variety of capacities. Prior to joining the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP), 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 issues in training (money, sexuality, sexism) and technology. She has also presented on multicultural competence, feminist research process, 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 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 on 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. Dr. Asay is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Asay can be reached at 312-777-7713 or via email at


  • Feminist Psychology, Technology, Group Psychotherapy, Training, Career

Selected Publications

  • Asay, P.A., Paquin, J. D., Arseneau, J. R., Downing, V., Roffman, M., Kettlewell, K., Berman, T., Walton, H. M. & Fassigner, R. E. (in press) Career success of women in the chemical industry, Part 1: Finding a way through the labyrinth. In D. J. Nelson and H.N. Cheng (Eds.) Diversity in the Scientific Community. American Chemistry Society.
  • Arseneau, J. R., Asay, P.A., Paquin, J. D., Walton, H. M., Downing, V., Roffman, M. & Fassigner, R. E. (in press) Career success of women in the chemical industry, Part 2: Navigating workplace challenges. In D. J. Nelson and H.N. Cheng (Eds.) Diversity in the Scientific Community. American Chemistry Society.
  • Paquin, J, D., Arseneau, J. R., Asay, P.A., Downing, V., Roffman, M., Walton, H. M., & Fassigner, R. E. (in press) Career success of women in the chemical industry: Getting on the same page. In D. J. Nelson and H.N. Cheng (Eds.) Diversity in the Scientific Community. American Chemistry Society.
  • Asay, P.A. & Lal, A. (2014). Who’s Googled whom? Trainees’ Internet and online social networking experiences, behaviors, and attitudes with clients and supervisors. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 8, 105-111.
  • Asay. P. A. (2014). What are we worth? Feminism, money, and psychotherapy. The Feminist Psychologist, 41, 10-12.
  • 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. R., Paquin, J. D., 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. Recipient of the American Counseling Association’s 2005 Research Award Recipient of the MECD first annual Research Award
  • 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.

Selected Presentations

  • Paquin, J. D., Asay, P.A., & Arseneau, J. R. (August, 2017). STEM-trained women working in the chemical industry: Key findings from Project ENHANCE. In J. Paquin (Chair) Beyond the undergraduate experience: STEM-trained women pursuing doctoral study and in the workforce. Symposium submitted to the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Asay, P.A., Saripalli, V. & Wilson, T. (March, 2017). Knowing our worth: Women, money, and psychotherapy. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Asay, P.A. & Taylor, N. E. (January, 2017). Midcareer transitions: Reflection, renewal, & re-engagement with ourselves, our core values, and our work. Symposium presented at the mid-winter conference of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Asay, P. A. (November, 2014). Dasein in “Techistential Crisis”: Examining existential truths of the Digital Age. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Existential Analysis, London, England.
  • Asay, P.A., Pytluk, S., & Chiles, J. (November, 2014). Siri, why can’t I just Google self-awareness? Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Illinois Psychological Association, Skokie, IL.

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