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Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson


Assistant Professor of Counseling & Human Services
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Programs/Classes Taught:

Professional Identity and Ethics; Introduction to Psychological Assessment; Counseling for Career Development; School Counseling: Theory, Issues and Practice; Clinical Techniques of Counseling; Practicum; Internship I; Internship II

Areas of Expertise:

School Counseling School Counselor Evaluation Adults 65 and Older Chronic Disease


Dr. Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Services. She is a former teacher and school counselor. She was named the Illinois Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Illinois School Counselor Association in 2010. From 2011 to 2013 she was an editorial board member of the Journal of Counseling in Illinois. Dr. Kirkpatrick Pinson is the current President of the Illinois Association for Adult Development and Aging and is the Treasurer and board member for the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation.


Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP) - Northern Illinois University MS in Counseling - School and Community Agency (CACREP) - Northern Illinois University MS in Education Administration - Northern Illinois University MS in Communication - Fort Hays State University BA in English - Fort Hays State University

Research and Interests:

Ottens, A. J., & Kirkpatrick Pinson, D. (in press). Crisis intervention with caregivers. In K. R. Yeager & A. R. Roberts (Eds.), Crisis intervention handbook: Assessment, treatment, and research (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Kirkpatrick Pinson, D. M., Ottens, A. J., & Fisher, T. A. (2009). Women coping successfully with multiple sclerosis and the precursors of change. Qualitative Health Research,19 (2, 181-193.

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