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Dr. Katherine Bender

headshot photo of Katherine Bender with shoulder length dark brown wavy hair
Associate Professor of Counselor Education; Graduate Program Chair
Maxwell Library, Room 313A

BA, Georgetown University
MS, The University of Scranton
PhD, Old Dominion University

Dr. Katherine Bender has been working in higher education at a variety of institution types including community colleges, private Catholic colleges, and state universities since 2004. She joined the department of Counselor Education at BSU in 2016 and is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She has conducted research on law student well-being, student affairs’ practitioners knowledge of suicide, and masters’ level graduate students preparation for internship experience. Dr. Bender has presented nationally on topics of suicide prevention, supervision, supporting collegiate athlete mental health, and best practices for creating campus partnerships to advocate for mental health awareness on campus. Her writing has been published in law journals and is under review for publication in higher education journals. She has one co-authored book chapter in the Stanford University press book How to be (sort of) happy in law school and has another co-authored book chapter on the history of supervision models in review. Dr. Bender’s scholarly work is collaborative in nature and her collaborators are from a variety of functional areas within higher education. She is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Dr. Bender has teaching experience at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in traditional settings, hybrid classes, and distance-learning classes.

Area of Expertise
Suicide prevention
Mental health and higher education
Graduate student wellness