About

Counselor Educator | Counseling and Human Development Researcher | Mental Health Counselor | Cognitive Scientist


Oliver Boxell B.A., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., A.F.H.E.A., L.M.H.C.P., N.C.C. is currently Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellow in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of Rochester. He is based out of the Department of Counseling and Human Development in the Margaret Warner School of Education, and he graduated with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the same department. He also spent a year as a clinical intern in the Psychiatry Department of Strong Memorial Hospital, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center. His present clinical work is housed at the Rochester Deep Structure Psychotherapy Clinic, which is part of the Cleveland Emotional Health Network. Oliver is a board certified counselor, holding the National Certified Counselor (N.C.C.) credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors.


Since 2014, Oliver has held a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Potsdam. His research focus was on the relationship between internalized rules-based algorithms for representational "deep structures" and real-time processing resources, and he is now especially interested in integrating these interests into the field of clinical mental health counseling. In particular, he aims to utilize the neurobiological mechanisms that are responsible for the emergent abstract information structures of the mind, and the restructuring thereof, to augment traditional counseling interventions and to develop clinical assessment instruments. Oliver is a member of the Laboratory for Aging, Population Health, Disparities, and Intervention Research (LAPHDIR).


Oliver also holds an M.A. in Psycholinguistics and Neuroscience of Language, and an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and English from the University of York. He has teaching qualifications from the Higher Education Academy and the National Open College Network, and has won awards for his work on basic psychological needs, psycholinguistics, the grammar of English, and a combined award for teaching, creative writing, and community service.


Oliver is currently a grateful recipient of the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester and a full tuition waiver from the Warner School. His master's level work received support from a Warner School Dean's Scholarship. Oliver is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), the International Honors Society for Counseling (Chi Sigma Iota), and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He has in the past received grants from the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, and the Potsdam Graduate School. He served as a judge for the Shadow Carnegie Book Award in 2006, and in 2010-11 was a guest-blogger for the Microsoft Corporation on the subject of using SharePoint software in higher education. Oliver has worked as a (post-)doctoral research fellow on a range of counseling and cognitive science projects, and has taught a range of counseling, human development, and psychology courses. Finally, he has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain ResearchJournal of Psycholinguistic Research, and Frontiers in Psychology, and for award and research grant programs for the Association for Psychological Science.


More details about Oliver's career are available in his vita.