School of Education (Counseling)
Grace Kirchner specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy, psychopathology, and assessment. She has a particular interest in suicide prevention and was involved in setting up a best-practice campus protocol for assessing risks and reacting to signs or reports that a student may be contemplating suicide. The plan, tailored to each student and geared to emphasize caring and support, attracted positive feedback from students in a follow-up study. Kirchner’s research interests have also focused on identifying predictors of success in various professions, including occupational therapy. Her clinical experience includes work at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, University of Washington School of Medicine, and the counseling center at University of Puget Sound. She has published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and on the topic of “Perceptions of the School Counselor’s Role,” in the journal Education. Kirchner teaches courses on Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Tests and Measurements, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Psychopathology.
B.A., Oberlin College, 1970; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University, 1972, 1975