Shannon Lynch McFarlin, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC

Dr. Shannon McFarlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board-approved Supervisor, and Certified School Counselor in the state of Texas. Her professional experience includes 25 years as an educator and a clinician in both school and clinical settings.  

Dr. McFarlin is a Southeast Texas native and an LU alumnus.  Her educational background includes a B.S. in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, a M.Ed. in Instructional Supervision from Lamar University, a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Sam Houston State University. Dr. McFarlin joined the Lamar faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Counseling in Fall of 2018, and she currently functions as the Program Coordinator and Field Experience Coordinator for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. 

Dr. McFarlin is an advocate at heart. In her clinical practice, she focuses on assisting LGBTQ+ individuals and their families as they navigate terrains of coming out, transitioning, and relational distress. Dr. McFarlin is specifically interested in the intersection of spirituality and sexual/gender identity issues. In 2015, she completed a study that examined the experiences of conservative Christian parents of lesbian and gay children, which the Mixed Methods International Research Association awarded with the MAXQDA Dissertation Award.

Dr. McFarlin is an active member of several professional organizations. Since 2018, she has served the counseling profession as Treasurer for the Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.