Matt Englar-Carlson
Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD.
Professor of Counseling

Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD., is a Professor of Counseling and co-director and founder of the Center for Boys and Men at California State University- Fullerton. He holds graduate degrees in health psychology education and counselor education and received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). University service includes being department chair and chair of the CSUF Institutional Review Board.  He was a Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and the University of New England, Australia, supervising doctoral-level qualitative research. As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Englar-Carlson has been passionate about the role of gender, and specifically masculinity on health and well-being. Those interests extend to how masculinity influences health associated behavior and decision for athletes. He has also examined how positive psychology intersects with masculinity. This exploration extends to the application of strength-based approaches to understanding how we view athletes, their behavior, and how athletes themselves find positivity within their sport.

He has over 35 publications and 60 national and international presentations. Dr. Englar-Carlson is the co-author of 3 books, co-editor of four books and was featured as the guest expert in the 2010 APA-produced DVD Engaging Men in Psychotherapy. He is also the co-editor of the 24-volume monograph series Theories of Psychotherapy (APA) that features the world’s leading authorities on various theoretical approached to psychotherapy. In 2007 he was named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.


Kiselica, M. S., Benton-Wright, S., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2014). Accentuating positive masculinity: A new foundation for the psychology of boys, men, and masculinity. In Y.J. Wong and S. R. Wester (Eds.), Handbook of men and masculinities (manuscript accepted for publication). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Englar-Carlson, M., & Smart, R.S. (2014). Positive psychology of gender. In J. T. Pedrotti & L. M. Edwards (Eds.), Perspectives on the intersection of multiculturalism and positive psychology (pp. 125-141). New York, NY: Springer Science.

Englar-Carlson, M., Evans, M., & Duffey, T. (Eds.). (2014). A counselor’s guide to working with men. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Englar-Carlson, M., & Kiselica, M. (2013). Affirming the strengths in men: A positive masculinity approach to assisting male clients. Journal of Counseling and Development, 91, 399-409.

Kottler, J. A., Englar-Carlson, M., & Carlson, J.D. (Eds.). (2013). Helping beyond the 50-minute hour: Therapists engaged in social action. New York: Routledge.

Kiselica, M., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2010). The positive psychology/positive masculinity model: A new framework for psychotherapy with boys and men. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47, 276-287.

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