Amney Harper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator.
Professional Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy | Auburn University (2008)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Multicultural Counseling
  • LGBTQ+ Populations
  • Transgender and Non-binary populations
  • Racial Identity, White Privilege, and Racism
  • Immigration and Refugee Populations
  • Supervision


Amney Harper, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Department of Professional Counseling. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University in May of 2008.  She has a wide range of professional experience at the national, state, and university levels. She was a past President of the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), a Division of the American Counseling Association.  She has done a variety of personal and professional work in the areas of social justice, multiculturalism, and specifically within the LGBTQ+ Community.  She was the taskforce co-chair and a lead author for the ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling LGBQQIA Individuals and a taskforce member and one of the authors of the ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling Transgender Individuals. Amney facilitates SAFE trainings (an LGBTQQIA Ally training) on her campus and in the surrounding community, as well as training new SAFE trainers. She has served on a variety of committees and taskforces related to LGBTQ+ issues, such as the LGBTQ Council, the LGBTQ Resource Center Advisory Board, the Campus Pride Index Taskforce, the TransAction Committee, EQuAL (Employee Queer and Ally League), and helps to organize OUT (an LGBTQ community group).  She also founded and chairs a community committee of counselors, doctors, and other service providers to promote best practices for working with transgender clients called the Gender Health Team. She also serves as the chair for the College of Education and Human Services Culture and Diversity Committee. She has presented and published widely on a variety of topics related to social justice, with an emphasis in LGBTQ+ topics. In addition to her full-time teaching in the Department of Professional Counseling, she also teaches Introduction to LGBT Studies and Trans and Genderqueer Lives for the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Amney also worked for two years in the Counseling Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, primarily with LGBTQ clients, with a specialty in working with transgender individuals.  Additionally, she has conducted workshops on working with transgender individuals for the counseling center, the Dean of Students office, the campus health center, professional counseling students, in classrooms, and in the community. She also has been active in working with students through Service Learning opportunities on campus and in the community. Currently she has worked with the Day by Day Warming Shelter and the Rainbow Floor.  She also has recently partnered with the Fox Valley Literacy Council and St. Joseph Hispanic Ministry, and is developing further Service Learning Opportunities

Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh:  September 2008

Classes Typically Taught

  • Professional Identity and Ethics
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Research
  • Theoretical Foundations of Counseling
  • Contextual Diagnostics
  • Practicum
  • Group Counseling