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 has a desire to understand how to better increase counselor research self-efficacy and identity development. She has served as inaugural editor of the Teaching and Supervision in Counseling journal, as well as associate editor of other journals such as Journal of Counseling & Development. She currently teaches the doctoral research courses, and serves as the chair of the department.

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