Faculty in the Marquette counseling program serve their students and the community.

The Graduate School at Marquette University strives to create synergy between teaching, research and service.

Our Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology supports many research centers and clinics on campus, including the Culture and Well-Being Lab and Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center. Our faculty are experts in human development, multiculturalism, addictions, family, group and trauma counseling, and they bring to their instruction an expertise and knowledge gained from providing support in diverse environments.

Not only will the degree be extremely useful, but the faculty has been integral to my success as a student which I know will not change after graduation. The long-lasting relationships I have created with faculty will allow me to gain support no matter where I end up after graduation.
Ellie G., CMHC master’s ‘23

Alan Burkard

Professor | Department Chair
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

PhD, Counseling Psychology, Fordham University
MEd, Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Licensed Psychologist, WI

Burkard uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in his research which focuses on multicultural influences in psychotherapy and clinical supervision. Burkard has also chaired the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology for the last 14 years. More recently he has applied these research interests to mental health treatment of young children who have experienced trauma at the Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There he directs evaluation and research of an evidence-based treatment model that is nationally recognized by SAMHSA, NCTSN, and other national clearinghouses.

Karisse Callender

Karisse Callender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Counselor Education

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Ph.D. Counselor Education, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Wisconsin
Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Wisconsin

Callender is curious about the efficacy of mindfulness-based practices/interventions and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for improving the quality of life in ethnic minority groups, as well as how various ethnic groups experience, define, and use mindfulness-based practices/interventions and DBT. She has a special interest in Single Case Research Designs (SCRDs) and bridging the practitioner-researcher gap through teaching, research, and service.

Jess Del Re

Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.A., Valparaiso University

Dr. Del Re (she/her) is a clinical assistant faculty in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. Dr. Del Re's research interests are counselor multicultural competence and cultural humility practices, clinical supervision, and inclusive clinical and educational practices. She predominately uses qualitative research methodologies to learn about the individual experiences of counselors and clients. In addition to teaching, she practices clinically through a private practice focusing on adolescent clients, couples, and families. She resides in Northwest Indiana with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Lisa M. Edwards

Professor, Director Of Counselor Education; Coordinator Of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.S., University of Kansas

Edwards directs the Culture and Well-Being Research Lab in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. Her research focuses on multicultural counseling, positive psychology and the intersection of strengths and culture. Together with her lab, she recently launched Proyecto Mamá, a grant-funded resource and needs assessment of perinatal mental health among Latinas in the Milwaukee area. She also co-directs the Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative at Marquette University, an interdisciplinary group focused on developing community-academic partnerships for change.

Krystyne Mendoza

Clinical Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Ph.D. Counselor Education: Texas Tech University
MA Psychology: West Texas A&M University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Certificate
Somebody's Hero: Prevention & Response to Child Sexual Abuse, Certificate

Mendoza is passionate about working with children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in researching play therapy and storytelling techniques and discovering how they help children who have experienced trauma. Mendoza is also curious about legal, ethical, and best practice issues within the counseling profession. Mendoza appreciates qualitative research methods, with particular interest in transcendental phenomenology, which emphasizes the lived experience of others, capturing the essence of their stories.

Lexi Wimmer

  • PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado, 2023
  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Denver Seminary, 2014
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (CO)
  • Licensed Addictions Counselor (CO)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor

Lexi Wimmer (she/her) is a clinical assistant professor at Marquette University as well as a licensed professional counselor and licensed addictions counselor in Colorado. She has clinical experience in residential, intensive outpatient, in-home, and outpatient settings with adolescents and adults. Practicing from a primarily narrative and interpersonal process perspective, she works with adults and adolescents in Denver, CO. Her research interests include spirituality, especially shifts in religious/spiritual beliefs, post-traumatic growth, and transformation in counselor development.
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