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, Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Coordinator

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

Research Interests

I am curious about how to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals with sexual violence and substance use history, and how individuals use mindfulness. I focus on how mindfulness based interventions may improve wellbeing and quality of life. I use 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 wellbeing and quality of life. 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., 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.

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


Callender, K. A., Ecker, H., Snyder, S., & Heighway, D. (2019, November). The quality of life of substance abuse counselors: What counselors and supervisors need to know. Wisconsin Counseling Association, Madison, WI.

Callender, K. A. (2019, November). Using single case research designs to measure change in counseling and supervision. Wisconsin Counseling Association, Madison, WI.

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.