Karisse Callender, Ph.D.

Karisse A. Callender
Karisse Callender, Ph.D.Marquette University

Schroeder Complex, 168G

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6083

Assistant Professor


  • MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Concentration: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse): University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Ph.D. Counselor Education: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Wisconsin
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Wisconsin

Courses Taught

  • Group Counseling
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Practicum
  • Career Development and Counseling

Research Interests

Research Interests

My research interests are grounded in three primary areas: trauma, substance use, and clinical supervision. In general, I am interested in the effects and implications of trauma and substance use, and interventions used across individuals and counselors. Within my research agenda, the intention is to find out what works, how it works, and under what circumstances. I am discovering ways to bridge the researcher-practitioner gap through my teaching, research, leadership, and service. I have a special interest in Single Case Research Design (SCRD) methodology, assessment development/validation, understanding how social media influences decisions, using social media as a research tool, mindfulness, and wellness.

Currently, I do not advise doctoral students; however, I am available to serve on doctoral committees and to conduct research with doctoral students.


Selected Publications

Callender, K. A., & Lenz, A. S. (2018). Implications for wellness-based supervision and professional quality of life. Journal of Counseling and Development, 96, 436-448. doi:10.1002/jcad.12225

Lenz, A. S., & Callender, K. (2018). Single-case research design. In C. A. Morris and K. L. Wester (Eds.), Making Research Relevant: Applied Research Designs for the Mental Health Practitioner (81-94). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.

Callender, K. (2018, January 9). Why Now? Braving the Storm to Share Your Story of Sexual Violence. Psych Central. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/blog/why-now-braving-the-storm-to-share-your-story/

 Callender, K. A. (2018). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) across the lifespan of women: A wellness-based integrative intervention (Wel-BII). Adultspan, 17, 41-52. doi:10.1002/adsp.12052

Stevens, P. W., Callender, K. A., & Smith, R. L. (2018).  Behavioral addictions/Non-substance-related disorders: An overview. In P. Stevens & R. L. Smith. Substance abuse counseling: Theory and practice (6th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Lenz, A. S., Haktanir, A., & Callender, K. (2017). Meta-Analysis of trauma-focused therapies for treating posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95, 339-353.  doi:10.1002/jcad.12148

Lenz, A. S., Henesy, R., & Callender, K. A. (2016). Efficacy of the seeking safety program for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 51-61.   doi:10.1002/jcad.12061 

Lenz, A. S., Del Conte, G., Hollenbaugh, K. M., & Callender, K. (2016). Emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness as mechanisms of change for treatment outcomes within a DBT program for adolescents. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 1, 1-13. doi:10.1177/2150137816642439



Selected Presentations

Callender, K. A. (2018, February). Trauma informed approach to substance abuse treatment: Considerations for advocacy and training. Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Colloquium, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. https://streaming.mu.edu/Watch/Bf56GeJq

Callender, K. A. (2018, February). Substance-related and addictive disorders. University of the Southern Caribbean, Maracas/St. Joseph, Trinidad. (Skype)

Callender, K. A., & Smith, R. L. (2017, October). Using a wellness model: A non-standardized approach to supervision with counselors-in-training. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

Callender, K.A. (2016, September). Interpersonal effectiveness characteristics and skills: Instrument development and item validation process. (Poster). Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Callender, K.A. (2016, October). Using a wellness model of supervision with counselors-in-training: Building resilience and character. (Poster). Southern Association for Assessment and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Schmit, M. K., Callender, K. A., Schmit, E. L., & Haktanir, A. (2015, January). Five practical methods to bridging the researcher-practitioner divide. (Poster). Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX.

Watson, J. C., Callender, K. A. (2015, January). Evidence-based programs and practices: Preparing counselors to succeed in today’s clinical settings. Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX.

Callender, K. A. (2013, November). Counselor Wellness: The Role of Self Care for Professionals. Wisconsin Counseling Association, Madison, WI.

Thomas, A. M., & Callender, K. A. (2009, November). Counselor-In-Training Wellness Practices: Educating Professionals on Self- Care. Wisconsin Counseling Association, Wisconsin-Rapids, WI.