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Associate Professor of Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Zubernis is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in Counseling, Human Development and Group Dynamics. She has published four books on fandom and the psychology of being a fan (Fangasm, Fan Phenomena Supernatural, Fandom At The Crossroads, Fan Culture: Theory/Practice), as well as research in the areas of counseling college students, substance abuse, motivational interviewing, and working with children from divorced families. Dr. Zubernis and a colleague have a textbook coming out this spring on Case Conceptualization and Effective Interventions from Sage, and she is working on a new book about Supernatural and the ways in which the television show has changed the lives of both fans and the series stars. She is an unrepentant fangirl.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


  • 2014
    Fan Phenomena: Supernatural, Intellect
  • 2013
    Supernatural Fangirls, Slate Magazine
  • 2013
    Fangasm! Supernatural Fangirls, University of Iowa Press
  • 2012
    Working Through Ambivalence, Counseling Today
  • 2012
    Fandom At The Crossroads, Cambridge Scholars
  • 2011
    Fan Culture: Theory/Practice, Cambridge Scholars
  • 2011
    Counseling Lesbian and Gay College Students, Journal of LGBT Issues In Counseling
  • 2011
    Counseling Considerations for Transfer Students, Vistas
  • 2010
    Counseling as Critical Component in Alcohol Poisoning, Virgina Counselors Journal
  • 2009
    Hot Properties, Supernatural Magazine

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Southwest Popular and American Culture Association, area chair Stardom & Fandom
  • Pennsylvania Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology