Dr. Lori Schelske

Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Director, Corban Counseling Clinics




  • B.A. University of Michigan
  • M.A. Azusa Pacific University
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University

Professional Certifications

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)


After licensure, Dr. Schelske worked as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, California, for 12 years. During that time, she also served as supervisor and Associate Director for a community clinic as well as a clinician in various programs focused on infant mental health and mother-infant attachment.

Dr. Schelske began as an adjunct in the psychology department at Corban University in 2009. She accepted a full-time faculty position in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2011. In this role, she supervises Corban counseling students during their counseling internship and collaborates with Student Life and other University departments to serves as a mental health resource on campus, serving as the clinical supervisor at the Corban University Counseling Center.

Dr. Schelske serves as the clinical supervisor for Salem Free Counseling Clinic, where she supervises graduates from Corban’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She is also the Counseling Coordinator at Jefferson Baptist Church, which allows JBC counselors to offer low-fee Christian counseling to the church and community while also providing Corban graduates with a supervised setting to gain counseling hours for state licensure.

Dr. Schelske earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Oregon State University and focused her dissertation on counseling supervision.


Dr. Schelske moved to the Willamette Valley from Los Angeles in 2004. She has been married to Mike since 1992 and has two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Anabel. Some of her hobbies are gardening, cooking, Audible books, flea markets, thrift stores, music, and enjoying animals and the outdoors.

Why Corban

“Corban is a special place, and our Counseling Department is special as well. I am blessed to work here and to be able to spend my time working with talented colleagues and investing in students who are going to make a difference in the counseling world. I am passionate about helping prepare students to be not just qualified professionals, but to be excellent in the profession they have been called to.

“I had little teaching experience when I began here in 2009. Corban invested in me. I have grown immensely and I feel like I belong here. I can be myself. I can speak from my heart whether in a department meeting or a student supervision. I feel a connection and a trust because we are striving for the same goal. I love seeing the students grow personally as well as in their counseling skills. I love sharing their excitement when they experience growth in their clients.”