Sejal Barden, Ph.D.

Sejal Barden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences


Office: ED 322 H


Dr. Sejal M. Barden is a tenure earning Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences/Counselor Education Program. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed her masters and education specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida. Dr. Barden’s primary research interests include: outcome research for couples and multicultural counseling issues in counselor education. Dr. Barden has been active in the areas of research, teaching and service. Dr. Barden has over 30 scholarly works in refereed and/or peer-reviewed dissemination outlets. Dr. Barden is the Principal Investigator for Project Harmony (90FM0078-01-00), a five year federally supported research grant awarded by the Office of Family Assistance. Project Harmony seeks to conduct a randomized control trial investigating the efficacy of a relationship education intervention on improving proximal and distal outcomes for individual and couples from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Barden’s achievements have been recognized nationally/regionally as she was the recipient of the Association for Assessment in Research and Counseling (2016) Exemplary Practice Award, the Association for Specialists in Group Work (2015) Best Group Research Article (lead author); the UCF (2015) Research Incentive Award; the UCF (2015) Teaching Incentive Portfolio; the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES, 2014) Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Education Award; the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2013) Presidential Fellow; the SACES (2012) Research Award; the Chi Sigma Iota (2012) Outstanding Research Award, and the Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Association for Multicultural Counseling Research Award (2011).

Areas of Expertise

Counselor Education

Professional Summary