Dr. Kay Goebel
Alma materOregon State University, Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma
Occupationcounseling psychologist
Known forAssociate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, former president of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Spouse(s)Harry Goebel

Kay Goebel is a counseling psychologist in Oklahoma City. Goebel previously served as president of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and later served six years on the Oklahoma Arts Council, four of those years serving as Chair. Goebel was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 1997 among many other awards and honors over the course of her career.

Early life

Goebel was born in Glendive, Montana and grew up on her parents' wheat and cattle ranch, where she developed a love of horseback riding. When she was 11 years old, Goebel and her family moved to Boise, Idaho where her mother's family lived. Goebel attended a very small high school with a graduating class of 17. After high school, Goebel attended a junior college that later became Boise State University. She transferred to and earned her first degree in food and nutrition from Oregon State University.

Goebel married her late husband, Harry, in 1951. He was in the oil business and the young couple moved around a lot early in their marriage. During the first seven years of their marriage, they had five children and eventually moved south in the mid 1950s. In 1967, the family moved to Oklahoma City where they have lived ever since. Goebel went on to earn her Master's degree in teaching and teaching certificate from Oklahoma City University. She got a job teaching at the school of her youngest son. Goebel soon after earned her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma.[1]


In January 1972, Goebel went into private practice and has done that ever since.[citation needed]

Community involvement

Goebel began her volunteer work with the Arts Council by selling popcorn at the Arts Festival and began to work her way up the Festival chain. She eventually became a board member and later served on the Executive Committee of the Arts Council. Former governor David Walters appointed Goebel to the State Arts Council. After about a year, Goebel became President of the Board, or Chairman of that Council, where she served for four years.[2] Other ways in which Goebel has served her community include serving on:

Awards and honors

Goebel has been honored with many awards for her work in Oklahoma City. Some of these awards and honors include:[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nykolaiszyn, Juliana (February 25, 2008). "Oral history interview with Kay Goebel". Inductees of the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Oral History Project. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  2. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (January 26, 2003). "Volunteer Projects Make Life Fulfilling". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  3. ^ "2015 Board of Directors & Leaders". The Oklahoma Academy. Archived from the original on 15 June 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Board Member Spotlight- Dr. Kay Goebel". Allied Arts. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2015.