Commencement - May 3 & 4

Plan for your visit to campus to celebrate your graduate. All event details are located HERE

Dr. Julia Dell’Aquila-Linares is a Nationally Accredited Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Educator who has worked in the field of mental health counseling for over 10 years where she has served in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Dell’Aquila-Linares’ passion and clinical experience is rooted in supporting children and adolescents in emotion regulation, coping skills, and self-expression to increase overall adjustment and development. Dr. Dell’Aquila-Linares has served the counseling field through active membership and leadership roles in several local, state, and national level organizations. In 2019, Dr. Dell’Aquila-Linares was the recipient of the Association of Assessment and Research in Counseling Emerging Leader award.

Dr. Dell’Aquila-Linares’s research agenda and passion includes a focus on practical community engagement and integrated primary and behavioral healthcare to increase optimal outcomes for client mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, her research interests have centered around coping strategies in overcoming negative peer influence, gender bias and optimal individual and team functioning with adolescents and high performance first year student athletes. She regularly presents on a variety of adjustment, and life transition focused topics specific to child and adolescent development. Dr. Dell’Aquila was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and now lives in South Texas with her husband, son, two dogs (Max and Copper), and their cat (Goldie). As a former collegiate student athlete, she continues her love for soccer as a player and coach within her local community as well as spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling. 

  • Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi 2019
    (CACREP Accredited)
    Ph.D. Counselor Education 
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville 2015 
    (CACREP Accredited) 
    M. Ed. Counseling and Guidance
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College 2011 
    B.A. Psychology

Child and Adolescent Development, High Performance Athletes, interdisciplinary Collaborative Care

  • Lenz, A.S., Gerlach, J., Dell’Aquila, J. and Pester, D. (2020), A Mixed-Methodological Evaluation of a Subjective Well-Being Intervention Program With Elementary-Age Students. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98: 200-206.
  • Balkin, R.S., Lenz, A.S., Dell'Aquila, J., Gregory, H.M., Rines, M.N. and Swinford, K.E. (2019), Meta-Analysis of Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care Interventions for Treating Substance Use Among Adults. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 40: 84-95.
  • Pester, D., Lenz, A. S., & Dell’Aquila, J. Meta-Analysis of Single-Case Evaluations of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Treating Mental Health Symptoms. International Journal of Play Therapy, 28(3), 144-156. doi: 10.1037/pla0000098
  • Lenz, A. S., Dell’Aquila, J., & Balkin, R. S. (2018) Effectiveness of integrated primary 
    And behavioral healthcare. Journal of Mental Health Counseling. 40, 249-265. doi: 
  • Pester, D., Lenz, A. S., Watson, J. C., Dell’Aquila, J., & Nyki, A. (2018). Evidence for use of 
    a psychometric Instrument of New College Student Adjustment with Ghanaian students: Implications for globalization of professional counseling. The Professional Counselor, 8, 11-20. doi:10.15241/dp.8.1.11
  • Lenz, A. S., Gómez Soler, I., Dell'Aquila, J., & Uribe, P. M. (2017). Translation and cross cultural adaptation of assessments for use in counseling research. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50, 148-161
  • Ikonomopoulos, J., Vela, J. C., Smith, W. D., & Dell'Aquila, J. (2016). Evidence of the effects of the practicum experience and triadic supervision to increase counseling graduate students’ self-efficacy. The Professional Counselor. 6, 161-173. doi:10.15241/ji.6.2.161
  • Vela, J. C., Ikonomopoulos, J., Dell’Aquila, J., & Vela, P. (2016). Evaluating the impact of creative journal arts therapy for survivors of intimate partner violence. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 7, 86-98. doi: 10.1177/2150137816664781
  • Cavazos, J. C., Cavazos A., Ikonomopoulos, J., Hinojosa, K., Dell'Aquila, J. (2016)
    The impact of individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors on Latina/o students’ mental health. Wisconsin Counseling Journal. 29, 3-15. doi. 10.1177/1538192715592925

    Book Chapters
  • Dell’Aquila-Linares, J., Mincey, K., Perotta, L. (Expected 2024). Transgenerational Therapy In Bill Owenby & Katherine Campbell (Eds), Starting Off in the Right Lane: A Guide to Certifications and Trainings for the Mental Health Professional. Arizona: ONBLLC Publishing.
  • Dell’Aquila-Linares, J., Almendarez, A. (Expected 2024). Trauma Systems Training, Therapy Experience, Certification and Credentialing. In Bill Owenby & Katherine Campbell (Eds), Starting Off in the Right Lane: A Guide to Certifications and Trainings for the Mental Health Professional. Arizona: ONBLLC Publishing.