Kelly Cheatham

Adjunct Instructor

Kelly Cheatham

Department of Counseling


Ph.D., University of North Texas


SMU - East Campus
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206


Dr. Cheatham earned his doctorate degree in counseling from the University of North Texas where he specialized in couples and family therapy. He earned his master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a supervisor credential in the state of Texas and recently completed the Level 3 Training of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

He specializes in providing marital therapy for couples and individual and group therapy for adults seeking treatment for various issues. His clinical experience includes a variety of settings including private practice, non-profit counseling center clinics, church counseling ministries, college counseling centers, outpatient counseling clinics, and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

Dr. Cheatham currently works as the Director of Counseling Services at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he supervises a diverse staff of counselors and provides assessment and counseling services to students and their family members. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has taught the following courses: Counseling Theory, Counseling Methods and Techniques, Lifestyle and Career Development, Psychopharmacology for Therapists, Couples Counseling, and Counseling Practicums I, II, and III.

Dr. Cheatham has presented to counseling professionals on topics such as, "Adlerian Personality Priorities in Counselor Supervision", "Addressing Common Challenges Counseling Male Clients", "The Function of Clinical Faculty in Counselor Education Programs", "Drug Courts: A More Effective Solution", and "The Impact of Family Resilience Factors And Parent Gender on Stress Among Parents of Children With Autism". His current areas of research interest include resiliency in marriage and families, and the integration of spirituality and psychology.

Dr. Cheatham is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Texas Counseling Association.