Faculty Profile for Dr. Millie Cordaro

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Dr. Millie Cordaro
Senior Lecturer — Psychology
THH 240
phone: (512) 245-3161

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Millie Cordaro is an applied developmental psychologist, therapist, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Texas State University since 2008.
In addition to her teaching vocation, Dr. Cordaro’s research interests include the study of traumatic stressor events on generalized anxiety and major depression disorders, faculty mental health, and compassion fatigue and burnout among faculty in academia.
In 2022, Dr. Cordaro completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training. She has a private practice in Austin, TX using mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, and yoga with clients. She maintains a daily, personal meditation and yoga practice as part of her mental health routine.
Dr. Cordaro currently serves on several Society for Teaching Psychology (STP) committees, including chair of the International Travel Grant committee, the STP Diversity Committee, and worked with the STP DEI and Internationalization Presidential Task Force in 2021.
As Past-President of the Capital of Texas Counseling Association, she continues to engage in advocacy work at the Texas Capitol on behalf of the counseling profession.
You can follow her at instagram.com/mindful.teaching.psychologist

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Cordaro, M. M. (2023, November). Practice what you profess: Faculty mental health, compassion fatigue, and cultivating a resilience. Psychology Teacher Network.
  • Giblin, M., Cordaro, M. M., Jordan, K., Bitney, C. S., Haskard Zolnierek, K. B., & Howard, K. J. (2022). The utility of the MMPI-2-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5-RF) and Higher-Order Scales in predicting opioid misuse within a chronic pain population. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Cordaro, M. M. (2020). Pouring From An Empty Cup: The Case for Compassion Fatigue in Higher Education. Journal of Healthy Academic Communities, 4(2), 17–28. https://doi.org/10.18061/bhac.v4i2.7618
  • Cordaro, M. (2012). Pet loss and disenfranchised grief: Implications for mental health counseling practice. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34(4), 283–294.
  • Schmiedehaus, E., Cordaro, M., Perrotte, J., Stern, M., Dailey, S., & Howard, K. J. (2023). The Great Resignation in higher education: An occupational health approach to understanding intentions-to-quit for faculty in higher education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 123, e103992. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2022.103992

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduating Student Recognition of Campus Support Program. February 3, 2017

Selected Service Activities

Attendee / Participant
Texas Counseling Association Advocacy Day for the 86th Legislative Session
March 19, 2019-Present
Student Behavior Assessment Team (SBAT)
July 2017-Present
Undergraduate Program Committee
September 1, 2015-Present
Society for the Teaching of Psychology International Travel Grant Program
Society for the Teaching of Psychology Diversity Committee
January 2023-2026