Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education


University of Illinois, 1992, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology


Cynthia Glidden-Tracey specializes in supervising psychotherapy and teaching counselling processes, with emphases on interpersonal and cultural dynamics of counseling relationships, and on addiction psychology. Dr. Glidden-Tracey has taught and supervised practicum courses at masters and doctoral levels at three universities in the USA as well as didactic courses in supervision, substance use counselling, diagnosis, intervention, personality theory, and multicultural psychology. Placing high value on experiential learning, she has mounted “intervention lab” activities into many courses she teaches. A counselling psychologist by day and world music enthusiast by night, Dr. Glidden-Tracey enjoys sharing concepts and techniques for enhancing well-being, addressing human conflicts, and improving learning, communication, and motivation to change. She is developing a method, using insights from explorations of both psychology and cultural variations in musical expression, that combines cognitive restructuring with rhythmic reinforcement with hopes of strengthening clients’ memories and motivations to use the positive messages they learn to tell themselves in counselling. On campus and in the community, Dr. Glidden-Tracey hosts educational events, leads workshops, and manages a website focused on the beneficial uses of mindful expression and rhythmic movement (BUmerm on facebook) from different cultural perspectives. She greatly looks forward to further infusions of this work with this kind of play.