Karisse Callender, Ph.D.

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

Schroeder Complex, 150A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6083Personal Website

Assistant Professor, Director of Counselor Education

Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology


  • 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/ Internship
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Doctoral Teaching Assistant Seminar

Research Interests

I am specifically interested in the efficacy of mindfulness- based practices/interventions, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for improving the quality of life in ethnic minority groups. I am curious about how various ethnic groups experience, define, and use mindfulness-based practices/interventions and DBT. I also want to know what does and does not work. I have a special interest in Single Case Research Designs (SCRDs) and bridging the practitioner-researcher gap through teaching, research, and service.


Callender, K. A., Haktanir, A. [in press]. Development of the Counselor Personal Wellness and Professional Wellbeing Assessment. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Callender, K. A, Ong, L. Z., & Othman, E. H. [2022]. First-generation immigrant/refugee Muslim women’s prayer and mindfulness in relation to mental health. Journal of Religion and Health.

Ong, L. & Callender, K. A., Blalock, K., & Holzbauer, J. [2021] Racial, Ethnic Differences in Complementary and Integrated Health Use among Adults with Mental Illness: Results from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling

Callender, K. A., & Klassen-Bolding. (2020). “A force to be reckoned with”: College women’s experiences with the #MeToo movement. Journal of College Counseling, 23, 194-206.

Haktanir, A., & Callender, K. A . (2020). Meta-analysis of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for treating substance use. Research on Education and Psychology, 4 (Special Issue), 74-87.

Callender, K. A., Trustey, C., Alton, L., & Hao, Y. (2019). Single case evaluation of a mindfulness-based mobile application with a substance abuse counselor. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (online) doi:10.1080/21501378.2019.1686353

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.

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