Joyce Mphande-Finn

Joyce Mphande-Finn, Ed.D., LCPC, LMHC, NCC
Associate Professor of Graduate Studies | 406.265.3521 | View CV here
Doctor of Education (Ed. D), Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Montana, Montana
MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Montana, Montana
B.S. Business Administration, Berea College, Kentucky
B.A. Education, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi


Dr. Joyce T Mphande-Finn is an Associate Professor at Montana State University-Northern. She earned her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of Montana. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in both Montana (LCPC) and in the state of Washington (LMHC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Mphande-Finn has almost 20 years of clinical counseling experience in various settings including community mental health agencies, in private practice, in school settings, and as a crisis counselor. She has conducted trainings on integrating services including Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS Treatment. In 2005, she was awarded the Governor’s World AIDS Day Recognition Award for her work at state and local level in this area. She is certified in trauma treatment, sex offender treatment, and is an IMPACT-certified Problem-solving Treatment of Depression practitioner, trained through University of Washington. Her research interests include looking at HIV/AIDS’ impact on the Social Support Structure (Extended Family Systems), especially in developing countries; Perspectives on multicultural issues in higher education; Social Justice Teaching in Counselor Education Programs; Gender and women issues; and effects of trauma in women / children exposed to domestic violence. Joyce has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Counseling & Development and Journal of Community Psychology. She has contributed chapters in books: Social Class and The Helping Professions: A Clinician’s Guide to Navigating the Landscape of Class in America; and, Supporting the Success of Adult and Online Students: Proven Practices in Higher education.


Courses Taught:

CNSL 517: Counseling Skills & Practice

CNSL 571: Counseling Practicum, Internship -School/Agency

CNSL 594-597: Counseling Internship I & II

CNSL 508: Theories of Counseling

CNSL 530: Life Span Development

CNSL 522: Group Dynamics & Counseling,

CNSL 565:  Marriage & Family Counseling,

CNSL 563:  Multicultural Counseling,

CNSL 567:  Community& Agency Counseling Consultation

CNSL 502: Professional Ethics



Mphande-Finn, J., (2016). Students’ “Dark Side” Personalities in a Classroom Setting. In K.  Flores, K. Kirstein, C. Schieber, and S. Olswang (Eds.), Supporting The Success of Adult and Online Students: Proven Practices in Higher Education (pp. 13-23). San Bernardino, CA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.

Mphande-Finn, J. (2012). Multicultural and Eclectic: My journey toward finding a theoretical approach. In J. Sommers-Flanagan & C. Elander (Authors), Student manual for counseling and psychotherapy theories in context and practice (329-330). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Biles, K., Mphande-Finn, J., & Stroud, D. (2012). Social class in the schools: Beyond Ruby Payne. In Sturm, D., & Gibson, D. (Eds.)  Social Class and the Helping Professions. New York: Taylor Francis.

Richards, K. A., Zivave, A., Govere, S. M., Mphande, J., & Dupwa, B. (2012). Counseling in Zimbabwe:  History, Current Status, and Future Trends. Journal of Counseling & Development, Vol. 90 (1), 102-106.

Mphande-Finn, J. T. & Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2007). The experience of HIV/AIDS among rural women in the Northwestern United States: A qualitative analysis.Journal of Community Psychology, vol. 35, 3-11.