Grace Kirchner

Professor and Director, Program in Counseling, School of Education

Grace Kirchner has taught courses in the University of Puget Sound Program in Counseling since the mid-1970s. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in clinical psychology, and has a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. She specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy, psychopathology, and assessment. 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. Current research interests are centered on suicide intervention.

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Final Evaluation Seminar
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Promoting Social Justice through Culturally Sensitive Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Selected Publications
Kirchner, G.L., Stone, R.G., and Holm, M.B. (2000). Use of admissions criteria to predict performance of students in an entry-level master's program on fieldwork placements and in academic courses. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 12, 1–10.

Kirchner, G.L., Stone, R.G., and Holm, M.B. (2001). Validation of the fieldwork evaluation for the occupational therapist. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 14, 39–46.

Kirchner, G.L. and Setchfield, M.S. (2005). School Counselors and School Principals, Perceptions of the School Counselor's Role. Education, 126, 10–16.

Kirchner, G. L., Marshall, D., & Poyner, S.R. (2017). Mandated Psychological Assessments for Suicide Risk in a College Population: A Pilot Study. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. DOI:101080/87568225.2016.1268941.

Recent Presentations

2016-  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Western Regional Meeting – Campus Collaboration for Suicide Prevention (with Donn Marshall and Debbie Chee)


2014-  American Association of Suicidology - Never Alone on a College Campus: Ten Years of a Collaborative Intervention (with Donn Marshall)
DSM-5 When Diagnosis Matters: A Conversation on How to Use the DSM-5 (invited workshop)