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Melissa Shiplett-Jupe, PhD, LPC, NCC

Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
MAC Program Clinical Director
Moye Hall, Room 306

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

My area of expertise is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - both as a clinician and educator. My areas of research include mental health and reproductive health, LGBTQ+ mental health, and perinatal mental health of pregnant and birthing people. From an instructional point of view my areas of expertise include clinical diagnosis, research, and multicultural counseling. 

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy seeks to enhance students' critical thinking abilities for practical application of counseling skills once in serving in the profession after graduation. The my teaching philosophy pull from heutagogy and constructivist approaches. 

Outside Interests

My interests outside the university include quality time with my family, the arts, gardening, and social justice involvement in local and national policies. 

Melissa Shiplett-Jupe


Certifications and Professional Memberships


  • Texas Licensed Professional Counselor 80021
  • National Certified Counselor #885523
  • Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional PSI6540


  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2021-current
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) 2020-current
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) 2018-current
  • Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE; Formerly, AGLBTIC), 2016-current
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), 2015-current
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Society International (CSI), 2015-current

Awards and Honors

  • Appointed member of the SA Mayor's LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee


  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision – CACREP Accredited, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, St. Mary's University, San Antonio