Jessica Tyler

Associate Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator and Clinical Placement Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Office: 2056 Haley Center

Units: Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling

Campus Mail: 2084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849


Phone: (334) 844-7603

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Academic Areas

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counselor Education

Short Bio

Jessica Melendez Tyler, Ph.D., is assistant clinical professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program coordinator, and the CMHC Practicum and Internship coordinator in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling at Auburn University. She is also a licensed professional counselor in Alabama and Georgia, a Licensed Counseling Supervisor in Alabama, a Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a Registered Yoga Teacher.

Dr. Tyler is a Humanistic counselor who utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients become "unstuck" and work through their life difficulties and traumas. Her clinical and research interests are working with suicidal clients and crisis counseling, issues in private practice, trauma-informed care, evidence-based practices, healthy social media behaviors, military and Veterans' issues, and counseling supervision trends. She was recognized as the Alabama Counseling Association Outstanding Practitioner in 2019, and in 2017 received the Supervision Award for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She also conducts trainings on Suicide First Aid (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training- ASIST) and healthy social media practices to helpers and community members.

Dr. Tyler grew up as an Army brat. She is married to her high-school sweetheart and has two daughters. When not working, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga and meditation, and generally using nature as medicine by camping, hiking, and traveling.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision , 2013, Auburn University

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2010, Auburn University

BA in Psychology, 2008, Lee University

Professional Experience

2022 - Present

Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University

2019 - Present

Partner & Clinical Therapist, The Wandering Mind

2017 - 2022

Assistant Clinical Professor, Auburn University

2016 - 2018

Clinical Therapist, The Psychology Clinic, Columbus, GA

2013 - 2017

Adjunct Professor , Auburn University

2013 - 2016

Clinical Coordinator: Adult Services, East Alabama Mental Health

2010 - 2013

Therapist, Russell County Adult Day Services

Research Interests

  • Working with suicidal clients and crisis counseling
  • Private Practice
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Evidence based practices
  • Healthy social media behaviors
  • Military and Veterans' issues
  • Counseling Supervision trends