John Karpinski

Visiting Assistant Professor



Robert Nazarian

Assistant Professor



Daran Shipman, MA, LMFT


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Daran is a private practice clinician in Syracuse, NY, where he specializes in working with transgender and gender diverse clients. He also teaches and supervises marriage and family therapy students at Syracuse University and delivers workshops nationally and locally on the topics of LGBQ and transgender/gender diverse youth, adults, and their families.

Daran’s scholarship focuses on healthy development of transgender/gender diverse youth and affirmative care for the LGBTQ community and their families, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. His recent article on the experiences of transgender therapists working with their clients was published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Outside of the office, Daran is happiest at home doing yardwork, cleaning and organizing, and spending time with his cat (Roxie), and a little dog named Olive. Daran also loves adventure, traveling with his partner, being in nature, hiking the Adirondack mountains, CrossFit, and biking.

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Julie Tilsen, MA, LP, PhD


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Julie provides supervision, training, and consultation to a variety of agencies, therapists, and youth workers focused on socially just, anti-oppressive, and harm-reduction practices. In addition to numerous professional journal articles and book chapters, Julie is the author of Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity and Constructing Preferred Identities (2013, Rowman & Littlefield), and Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills for a Critical Practice (2018, Routledge).

Julie is community faculty in the Youth Studies Program of the University of Minnesota, an associate of the Taos Institute, and recipient of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service Award. Her work is featured in several counselor training videos produced by Alexander Street Press and Sage/UPG Media.

Julie is a hard-core fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers Women’s Hockey team and likes drinking cold press. She has a greyhound named Feet and two cats, Presto and Juno. The sorting hat has decidedly placed Julie in the House of Ravenclaw.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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