Dr. Julie Merriman Associate Professor of Counseling, Clinical Coordinator


Ph.D., Texas Tech University
M.Ed., B.A., Tarleton State University


Dr. Julie Merriman is an experienced educator and clinician. Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, she was the associate dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, as well as an associate professor of counseling, at Tarleton State University. She has been in private practice since 2000 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a Registered Trauma Therapist, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist, a Certified School Counselor K-12, and trained as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She also worked with children, adolescents and families at mental health and psychiatric centers in Dodge City, Kansas, and Abilene, Texas. Dr. Merriman earned a bachelor’s degree in government and social work and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Tarleton State. She subsequently earned a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Texas Tech University.


Texans Fighting Food Insecurities and Depression, 2019, Texas Health Resources

Rural Collaborations for Mental Health Services, 2018, Hogg Foundation

South Africa FDA Grant, funded by FDA, 2015, assisted with evaluation component

TREAT Research Grant, (in progress), The Meadows Foundation

Services to At-Risk Youth, 2008, funded by Department of Family Protective Services.

PEI Services to At-Risk Families, 2008, funded by Department of Family Protective Services.



Merriman, J. (2011). Effects of a Prevention-Based Training on Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction with Licensed Professional Counselor Interns in Texas

Book Chapters

Merriman, J. (2020). Career Counseling - Using Play Therapy in Career Counseling

Merriman, J. (2011). Social Justice – Counseling Experiences of Women of Color


Merriman, J. (2015). Enhancing Counselor Internship through Supervision. Journal of Counselor Development

Merriman, J. (2015). Effects of Compassion Fatigue Training on Licensed Professional Counselor Interns in Texas. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research, 42(1), 40-53.

Snyder, D., Merriman, J., Rugari, S., Stewart, A. (2012). Equine Assisted Therapy Helps Special-Needs Students. National High School Today, (6)2, 27.

Merriman, J. (1999). Leadership Conference. Gifted Child Today, (22)5, 18-27.

Clinical Director, Brazos Recovery, 2021

Associate Dean (2018-2021), Department Head (2014-2018), and Associate Professor (2010-Present), Tarleton State University

Private Practice, 1999-Present

Conference Chair, Texas Association for Play Therapy, 2012

Family Services Director, New Horizons, Abilene, Texas, 2006-2008

Director of Adolescent Services, Abilene Psychiatric Center, Abilene, Texas, 2005-2006

Children and Adolescent Services Director, Area Mental Health Center, Dodge City, Kansas, 2004-2005

Director/Principal and Lead Therapist, Area Mental Health Center, 2001-2004

School Counselor, NCA Coordinator and Testing Coordinator, Ingalls (Kansas) Unified School District, 2000-2001

Emotional Transformation Therapy Board, Conference Chair

ETTIA Research Board

American Counselor Association

Association for Play Therapy

Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors

Chi Sigma Honor Society

Golden Key International Honor Society

Recipient of National Teacher's Scholarship from Target

Nominated Gifted/Talented Teacher of the Year

All American Scholar

Pi Lambda Theta Educator Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society