Marcela Polanco, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
MS Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy Program Director


  • PhD, Family Therapy-  Nova Southeastern University
  • MA, Community Psychology -  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Diploma, Narrative Therapy and Community Work - Dulwich Centre

  • MS, Mental Health Counseling - Nova Southeastern University
  • BS, Psychology - Universidad de Los Andes

Contact Information:
Office: Moye Hall, Room 402
Phone: 210-431-4059

Professional Credentials:
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Texas)
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas)


  • polanco, m. (2013). Cultural democracy: Politicizing and historicizing the adoption of narrative practices in the Americas. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work 23(1), pp. 29-33.
  • polanco, m. (2013). Democratizing academic writing: Writing an autoethnographic dissertation in color. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 33), 1-17.
  • Reynolds, V, Reflection by polanco, m. (2012). An Ethical Stance for Justice-Doing in Community Work and Therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31(4), pp. 18-33
  • polanco, m. (2011). Autoethnographic means to the end of a decolonizing translation. Journal of Systemic Therapies. Special Edition. 30(3), 73-87.
  • Hibel, J., Gallant, P., Polanco, M., Manley, M., Scholtz, C., & Sclapfer, O. (2010). Keeping faith with keeping faith: Conversations about a conversation with Michael White. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 29(3), pp. 1-22.
  • Polanco, M. (2010). Rethinking narrative therapy: An examination of bilingualism and magical realism. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 29(2), pp. 1-14.
  • Polanco, M. (2010). Una mirada investigativa desde la terapia narrativa: La re-autoría de la migración Colombiana [A research look from narrative therapy: The re-authoring of Colombian migration.] Procesos Psicológicos y Sociales. 6, Retrieved August 1, 2010 at
  • Polanco, M. (2010). University students take action under the gaze of the eye of success: A narrative therapy collective initiative. Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.  1, 59-70.
  • Hibel, J., & Polanco, M. (2010). Tuning the ear: Listening in narrative therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 29(1), 51-66.
  • Polanco, M. (2009). La re-autoría de la colombianidad a partir de las experiencias vividas por migrantes Colombianos/as a Estados Unidos. [The re-authoring of colombian-ness from the lived experiences of Colombian immigrants in the United States.]. Encuentro Nacional de Investigación en Posgrados. Bogota: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • Polanco, M., & Epston, D. (2009). Tales of travels across languages: Languages and their anti-languages. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4, 38-47.
  • Hibel, J., & Polanco, M. (2008). Learning Narrative Therapy within a graduate level course: Teaching and Exercises. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1, 61-70.
  • Kutuzova, D., Savalieva, N. & Polanco, M. (2008). The found in translation Project. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1, 71.

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