Emma Freetly Porter


Visiting Assistant Professor
Division of Counseling Psychology

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Office Hours: By Appointment 

Emma Freetly Porter received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. She currently serves as a consulting editor for the APA journal, Psychotherapy. Her research interests include: cultural humility, reducing racial/ethnic disparities in psychotherapy outcomes, and gender-based violence and institutional violence, including the impact of marginalization on outcomes. She also has past clinical experiences working in a variety of high acuity settings, including with incarcerated individuals.

  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
    M.A. Counseling, Wake Forest University
    B.A. Hispanic Linguistics and Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 1) Exploring the role of cultural humility in navigating cultural ruptures in psychotherapy

    2) Reducing psychotherapy outcome disparities for clients with marginalized identities

    3) Understanding Institutional Betrayal as experienced by individuals in marginalized communities interfacing with the mental health system

    4) Improving Gender-based violence prevention and intervention for individuals and families facing systemic stressors

  • Freetly Porter, E., Mendoza, M. P., Miaomiao, D., Foltz, K., & Hattery, A.J. (under review). Exploratory factor analysis of the institutional betrayal questionnaire with racially marginalized women seeking legal intervention after domestic violence.

    Freetly Porter, E., & Owen, J. (under review). Therapists’ responses to cultural ruptures: A pilot study of external ratings of multicultural orientation. 

    Freetly Porter, E., Jessen, M., Coleman, J. J., Sinha, S., Devor, N., Sauer-Zavala, S., 3Levitt, H., Tao, K., Zanarini, M., Farchione, T., Sandage, S. J., & Owen, J. (2023). Therapist experiences and perspectives on moving beyond symptoms and into flourishing: A grounded theory analysis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

    Sinha, S., Porter, E. F., Leeper, E., & Owen, J. (2021). For worse or for better: Predicting deterioration in a relationship education program for low-oncome, racially diverse couples. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 20(4), 340- 364.

    Anders, C., Kivlighan, D. M. III, Porter, E., Lee, D., & Owen, J. (2020). Attending to the intersectionality and saliency of clients’ identities: A further investigation of therapists’ multicultural orientation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68(2), 139.

  • Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology

    Assessment in Counseling

    Group Counseling