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Emily Horton

Emily Horton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling,
College of Education

Contact number: 281-283-1757
Office: Pearland Suite 222


Dr. Emily Horton joined UHCL as an assistant professor of counseling in fall 2022. She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in providing counseling to children and adolescents. Prior to coming to UHCL, she served as the director of a 16-bed residential eating disorder treatment center for adolescents. She has had the honor of working in various clinical settings, including private practices, non-profits, and college counseling centers.

Her research primarily focuses on (a) creativity in counseling and counselor education (e.g., role-play) and (b) counseling children and adolescents. She has been published in several peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented numerous presentations at international, national, regional, state, and local conferences.

Areas of Expertise

  • Play therapy
  • Creativity in counseling and counselor education
  • Counseling children and adolescents


  • Horton, E., Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. G., Hughes, C. L., & Stumpf, M. (2022). Engaged trauma training through role-play observations during COVID-19. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 15(2). 
  • Horton, E., Hughes, C., Prasath, P., & Lloyd-Hazlett, J. (2022). Students’ experience of family counseling role-play with developmental considerations. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 4(1), 1-13. 
  • Lloyd-Hazlett, J., Knight, C., Horton, E., & Airhart-Larraga, S. (2022).  Impact of service-learning on student counselors’ self-reported measures of program evaluation, counselor advocacy, and interprofessional education. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 4(1), 1-11. 
  • Hughes, C. L., Horton, E., & Hammer, T. (2020). We're still standing: Internal family systems and rocketman. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1-9.