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.

Karisse Callender

Karisse Callender, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Ph.D. Counselor Education, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Callender is curious about how to improve the well-being and quality of life of individuals with sexual violence and substance use history, and how individuals use mindfulness. She focuses on how mindfulness-based interventions may improve well-being and quality of life. Callender uses both quantitative and qualitative research to study quality of life, to understand the impact of sexual violence and substance use, and to learn about the circumstances under which mindfulness based interventions work for improved well-being and quality of life. She has a special interest in Single Case Research Designs (SCRDs), assessment development/validation, social media, and bridging the practitioner-researcher gap through teaching, research and service.

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.

Weneaka Jones

Clinical Assistant Professor

M.A. Community Counseling, Marquette University
Ph.D. Rehabilitation Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jones’ research seeks to improve the quality of life for young adults, youth and families of color living with chronic illness and disability by identifying best practices for coordinating post-secondary transition services, increasing employment participation and improving financial capability. She has a special interest in identifying factors that impact saving participation among low income youth and families living with disability. Additionally, she is co-investigator of an interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research study focused on improving quality of life for young adults living with Sickle Cell Disease.

Alexandra Kriofske Mainella

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Marquette University

Kriofske Mainella’s research interests are on sexuality and sexual health education for people with disabilities. She is interested in the experience of sexual health education for individuals with a variety of different disabilities as well as how sexual health is affected by disability. She has researched sexual health education for individuals with spina bifida and cerebral palsy and its impact on their sexual health knowledge, sexual self-concept and subjective well-being.

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.

Lee Za Ong

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.S., University of Wisconsin - Stout

Ong teaches research methods in counseling and guides students in program evaluation and grant proposal writing. Her current research agenda promotes social and mental health equity of underserved communities, such as racial/ethnic minority adolescents with chronic illness, college students with disabilities, and Muslims with disabilities. She is currently the project director of the U.S. Department of Education for the Rehabilitation Services Administration Long-Term Training Grant in Rehabilitation Counseling with Mental Illness specialty. Her other research funding sources include Wisconsin Department of Workforce, Wisconsin Humanities Council, NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, Marquette University Institute of Women Leadership, and Marquette University of Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Admissions deadlines
Priority application deadline
November 16
Spring 2022 term
Application deadline
January 4
Spring 2022 term
Next start
January 18
Spring 2022 term
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