Kelly L. Wester, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Counseling and Educational Development (CED) Department
Kelly Wester

Department Chair, Professor
Office: 219 Curry Building


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development, Kent State University
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, Kent State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Bowling Green State University


  • Licensed Professional Counseling
  • National Certified Counselor


Dr. Kelly Wester is impassioned to better understanding non-suicidal self-injury through intrapersonal, contextual, and systematic lenses, with the ultimate goal of developing evidence based practices in working with adolescents and young adults who self-injury, and developing preventative strategies to utilize before self-injury is selected. In addition to her clinical research agenda, she also is driven by enhancing others’ passion for research and influencing the research training in the field of counseling. She currently is the Associate Editor of Quantitative Research for the Journal of Counseling & Development and serves on a variety of American Counseling Association committees related to research. She currently teaches the counseling theories, counseling the sexually abused client, and doctoral research courses, as well as supervises clinical experiences. She has recently received two national awards for her research developing research competencies for the field of counseling.

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