I am originally from Arizona, where I earned my Bachelor's and Master's at the University of Arizona and my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Northern Arizona University. My clinical experience includes community counseling agencies and a college counseling center. I have also worked in an inpatient setting with eating disorders, been a director of a counseling center and owned a private practice. I have 15 years experience teaching Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral level students.
As an Associate Professor and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I am able to bring my professional experience into the classroom and challenge my students to consider the theoretical and ethical issues related to the field, as well as master the foundational skills of counseling.
I am also the Coordinator of Off-Campus Study. Students at Monmouth College have many opportunities to study off campus at domestic programs in cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. or at abroad programs such as Scotland, Italy, or Spain.
My research includes investigating the ethical considerations of therapy with special populations, such as sexual abuse survivors and also with specific therapeutic approaches, including art therapy. I am also interested in cross-cultural comparisons of mental health treatment in the West (US) and the East (Singapore and Malaysia). Recently, I have started to investigate the impact of cross-cultural experiences on psychological development and character strengths.
Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Larson, K. (2009). Research ethics and the use of human subjects. In S. Lapan and M. Quartaroli (Eds.), Research Essentials . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Larson, K. (2007). Ethical guidelines for creative therapists in the treatment of sexual abuse. In S. Brooke (Ed.), The Use of the Creative Arts Therapies with Sexual Abuse Survivors. (pp.311-320). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Larson, K. (2005). Ethical delivery of creative modalities. In S. Brooke (Ed.), Creative Arts Therapies Manual. (pp. 269-274). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Larson, K. (1995). Contextual Coping: The Role of Psychological Processes and Christian Commitment on College Adjustment. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation.
Martin, W.E., Jr. & Farris, K. (1994). A cultural and contextual decision path approach to career assessment with Native Americans: A psychological perspective. Journal of Career Assessment, 2, 258-275.
Courses Taught: Education:
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 221 Lifespan Development
PSYC 235 Theories of Counseling
PSYC 237 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYC 282 Cultural Psychology
PSYC 325 Advance Counseling Seminar
PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 420 Senior Research Capstone
Ed.D. Northern Arizona University 1995
M.A. University of Arizona 1991
B A. University of Arizona 1986
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