Senel received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Houston, master’s in counseling psychology from Northeastern University – Boston, and her bachelor’s degree again in counseling from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Her clinical background includes working with adolescents, college students, adults, married/unmarried couples, and war veterans, and dealing with issues primarily related to relationships, psychosocial adjustment, decision making, depression, and trauma. Her research primarily involves college students’ and immigrants’ psychosocial adjustment processes; with cross-cultural competency being an additional research interest. She was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by Penn State Harrisburg in 2007 and the Faculty Diversity Award in 2010.
Senel has been with PAIRWN for many years and served it as a board member, vice president, and treasurer. She also organized for three years PAIRWN’s annual immigrant women’s health conference that was sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Highmark, and Harrisburg Area Community College.