Counseling & Community Psychology - School of Health & Human Services - St. Cloud State University

Community Psychology
B210 Education Building
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
(campus map)

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Phone: (320) 308-2160
Fax: (320) 308-3216

Mary Tacker PhD, LADC, LMFT

Assistant Professor
Education Building B205

Mary has been teaching at SCSU since 2006 as an Adjunct Faculty member and as an Assistant Professor. She also is currently in private practice as an outpatient therapist serving individuals, couples and families. Mary has worked as an in-home family therapist, and has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of chemical dependency where she has worked with both adult and adolescent populations in inpatient and outpatients settings, and was actively involved in developing a dual diagnosis treatment program at one facility.  Mary has been the Membership Chair for the Minnesota Counseling Association, a branch of the American Counseling Association, and is currently serving as the Faculty Advisor for the CPSY Club and Kappa Phi Omega. She is an active member of Minnesota Responds, and has been a volunteer with St. Cloud Hospital Hospice since 2005.


  • Capella University:  PhD in  Family Psychology, 2006
  • St. Cloud State University:  MS in Community Counseling, Credentialing in Marriage and family Therapy, 2001
  • St. Cloud State University:  BS, Applied Psychology Major

Professional Credentials/Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Minnesota
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Minnesota

Program Areas

  • Undergraduate Community Psychology
  • Graduate Community Psychology

Research/Interest Areas

  • Family grief and loss
  • Chemical dependency on family systems
  • Adolescent mental health and chemical dependency

Courses Taught

  • CPSY 101 - Applying Psychology
  • CPSY 323 - Introduction Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CPSY 324 - Introduction Counseling Theory and Practice Lab
  • CPSY 325 - Helping Skills
  • CPSY 327 - Group Process & Practice
  • CPSY 384 - Individual and Group Differences
  • CPSY 428 - Psychodynamics of the Family Relationships
  • CPSY 437/537 - Theories of Chemical Dependency
  • CPSY 438/ 538 - Addictions Counseling with Special Populations
  • CPSY 439/539 - Diagnosis, Intervention and Treatment of Chemical Dependency
  • CPSY 530 - Life Span Development
  • CPSY 545 - Internship (Chemical Dependency)
  • CPSY 600 - Gender Roles in the Family
  • CPSY 665 - Measurement Techniques
  • MFT 668 - Skills & Procedures

updated 9-2103

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