Kristin K. Meany-Walen

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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I completed my BA in psychology at Upper Iowa University and my MA in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2007, I earned my PhD from the University of North Texas. Throughout my counseling career, I have counseled children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Much of my clinical work has been in agency and school-based mental health. I also operated a part-time private practice where I worked with children and families.

As a counselor educator, I worked as an adjunct faculty member at a number of universities before starting as an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa in 2013.  I joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2017, and I am honored to be a part of such an accomplished and motivated team.

My primary professional interest is Adlerian play therapy, which is a popular approach to play therapy and is beginning to develop a body of research that supports its effectiveness with children. To date, my most meaningful professional accomplishment has been publishing the first ever Adlerian play therapy randomized control trial, which set the foundation for recognizing Adlerian play therapy as an evidenced-based treatment.

I am married with six children. We enjoy waterskiing and other outdoor adventures. We waterski on a competitive waterski show team. When I find the time, I enjoy running and doing triathlons. I am extremely proud of the UNT Counseling Program: I believe we nurture the development of outstanding counseling associates and professionals.

Credentials: Iowa Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

Teaching Areas: Counseling Adolescents, Group Counseling, Play Therapy

Research Areas: Play Therapy, Wellness in Counseling

Honors/Awards: 2016 University of Northern Iowa Pre-tenured Research Award; 2014 University of Northern Iowa Linda Nebbe Award for Caring and Compassionate Educator; 2009-2010 Chi Sigma Iota Intern/Fellow; 2009 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader Award; 2009 Rho Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Supervisor Award.