Sarah Defnall

Sarah Defnall

Office Phone: (540) 432-4562


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: EW 131

Residence Director Elmwood

Housing and Residence Life

Along with her role as RD in Northlawn, Sarah will be providing Career Counseling for students and alumni through Career Services as MA, Resident in Counseling. Sarah earned a BS in Psychology and a MA in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, specializing in In-Home Counseling at Crossroads Counseling Center in Harrisonburg, VA. She also served as the Counseling Service’s graduate intern at Bridgewater College prior to joining the Residence Life team at EMU. She is married to Josh Defnall and together they like to enjoy the great outdoors of the Shenandoah Valley.


MA, Counseling, 2012, Eastern Mennonite University
BS, Psychology, 2010, Eastern Mennonite University with minor in Youth Ministry

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Moving Stories: Resilience within our Refugee Neighbors, MA in Counseling Capstone Presentation, Eastern Mennonite University, 2012
  • The Impact of Sexual Assault on Eating Behaviors, Virginia Psychological Association, 2009

Church, Community and Professional Service

Building Committee Member, Church of the Incarnation, 2012-2013
Coach, EMU CoachLink, 2011-2012
Young Life leader, Eastern Mennonite High School, 2007-2010

Professional Memberships

American Counseling Association, International Committee Member, 2011-2012
Virginia Counselors Association
Central Valley Counselors Association

Professional Conferences Attended

American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA (March, 2012)
Attachment Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA (March, 2011)

New Courses Taught

Major and Vocational Exploration