Carolyn Pela, PhD, LMFT


Ph.D., Capella University

M.S., University of Wisconsin- Stout

B.S., Grand Canyon University


Dr. Carolyn Pela, a native Phoenician, is the chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Arizona Christian University. Her master’s degree is in marriage and family therapy, and she holds a doctorate in psychology. She is licensed in the State of Arizona as a Marriage and Family Therapist with 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She mentors doctoral dissertations, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Human Sexuality, and is currently conducting two longitudinal clinical outcome studies. She also serves as the president of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity. Dr. Pela is a clinical member of the AAMFT, CAPS and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is also nationally certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.


Pela, C. (2011) Narrative Therapy & SSA Women: Claiming Lost Stories. Presented at the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, Phoenix, AZ

Patton, M.B.. & Pela, C. (2012). Book review of Janelle M. Hallman’s heart of female same-sex attraction. Journal of Human Sexuality,( 4).

Pela, C. (2013). Narrative therapy & SSA women: Claiming lost stories. Journal of Human Sexuality, (5).