Karin Jordan, Ph.D.

Karin Jordan, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and School Director
Dept/Program: Counseling
Office: Chima 117
Phone: (330) 972-5515
Email: kj25@uakron.edu
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Contact Information

Karin B. Jordan
The University of Akron
Department of Counseling
Chima 117
Akron, OH 44325-5007
Phone: (330) 972-5515
Fax:  (330) 972-5292
Email: kj25@uakron.edu


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Child & Family Development/Marriage & Family Therapy, 1992
  • M.A., Rollins College, Counseling, 1989
  • B.A., Colorado Christian College, Biology, 1987
  • R.N., Hannoversche Kinderheilanstalt, Nursing, 1979
  • Certificate, Anna Siemsen School, Teaching, 1977


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ohio and Colorado


  • Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Conflict Mediator
  • EMDR I & II
  • Registered Play Therapist (In Progress)
  • Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress - Diplomate

Professional Experience

2007-present Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, The University of Akron
2001-2007 George Fox University, Graduate Department of Counseling
  • 2001-2007, Associate Professor and Chair
  • 2003-2007, Program Director, M.S. & Licensure Preparation in School Psychology
  • 2002-2007, Program Director, M.A. & Licensure Preparation in School Counseling
  • 2002-2007, Program Director, Trauma Certificate
  • 2001-2007, Program Director, M.A., in Counseling
  • 2001-2007, Program Director, M.A. & Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
2000-2001 Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family, The University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1994-2000 The University of Colorado-Denver, Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education
  • 1997-2000, Assistant Professor
  • 1994-1997, Senior Instructor
1991-1993 Assistant Clinical Director, Therapist, and Supervisor, Cross-Cultural Center, Cross Keys Counseling Center, Atlanta, GA
1989-1991 The University of Georgia
  • 1990-1991, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, McPhaul Center
  • 1989-1991, Research Assistant, Department of Child & Family Development

Professional Organizations

  • National Center for Crisis Management
  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • International Family Therapy Association
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Counseling Association-European Branch
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Ohio Counseling Association
  • National Academy for Certified Family Therapists
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)


Selected Regional, National, and International

  1. Jordan, K.  2013.  Five Factors to Consider When Working With Trauma Survivors: What Every Family Therapist Should Know. IFTA 21st World Family Congress. Orlando, FL (Accepted).
  2. Webber, J., Mascari, B., Larson, G., Jordan, K. & Dubi, M. 2012.   Disaster Mental Health Counseling (Revised Learning Institute). ACA Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH (Accepted).
  3. Webber, J., Mascari, B., Larson, G., Jordan, K. & Dubi, M. 2011.  Disaster Mental Health Counseling (Learning Institute). ACA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  4. Jordan, K.  2010.  Serving as a Crisis Counselor in Haiti: Impacting Haiti’s National Psychosocial Response. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Heidelberg, Germany.
  5. Jordan, K.  2010. MFTs Using Couple Therapy to Help Veterans Re-Enter Society. AAMFT Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  6. Jordan, K.  2010.  Incorporating traumatology into CACREP accredited program curricula: A workshop for counselor educators (Poster Session). ACA Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  7. Jordan, K.  2009.  Using narrative therapy with disaster-affected families. AAMFT Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.
  8. Jordan, K.  2009.  Counselors helping veterans re-enter society and couple/family life after combat and military service: A comprehensive overview. EB-ACA Conference, Weiskirchen, Germany.
  9. Jordan, K.  2008.  Ethical Decision-Making in Disaster/Crisis Therapy. AAMFT Annual Conference, Memphis, TN.
  10. Jordan, K. 2008. The Narrative Genogram. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Wiesbaden-Niedernhausen, Germany.
  11. Jordan, K. 2007.  Experiential Play Therapy as an Intervention with Trauma-effected Children. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Bad Herrenalb, Germany.
  12. Jordan, K. 2006.  Ecosystemic-Developmental Trauma Model: An Assessment Approach. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Bad Herrenalb, Germany.
  13. Jordan, K.  2005.  Secondary Traumatic Stress: Something Every Counselor Working With Trauma Effected Clients Should Know About. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Mannheim, Germany.
  14. Jordan, K. 2005.  The Trauma Grief Model: For Use After Human-Made Trauma Events. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Mannheim, Germany.
  15. Jordan, K. 2005.  PTSD Programmed Distance Writing Workbook, AAMFT Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  16. Jordan, K. 2005.  The Terrorism Grief and Recovery Process Model, AFTA/IFTA Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  17. Jordan, K. 2005.  The Scripto-Trauma Genogram: A Tool for Dealing with Intrusive Memories, AFTA/IFTA Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  18. Jordan, K. 2005.  Trauma Supervision. ACA Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
  19. Jordan, K. 2004.  Trauma Treatment & Assessment, Moscow, Russia. (Invited)
  20. Jordan, K. 2004.  The Scripto-Trauma Genogram. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Sonthofen, Germany.
  21. Jordan, K.  2004.   The PTSD Programmed Distance Writing Workbook. EB-ACA Annual Conference, Sonthofen, Germany.
  22. Jordan, K.  2004.   The Color-Coded Trauma Genogram. 3rd Annual Vancouver Trauma Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  23. Jordan, K.  2004. A Catastrophic School Shooting and Recovery Model. 3rd Annual Vancouver Trauma Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  24. Jordan, K. 2004. Trauma Assessment and Treatment. Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. (Invited)
  25. Jordan, K.  2004.  A Trauma Recovery Model of Victims and Families After a Catastrophic School Shooting. XIV International Family Therapy Association World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
  26. Jordan, K. 2004. The Time-Line Trauma Genogram. XIV International Family Therapy Association World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
  27. Jordan, K.  2003.  Assessment and Treatment of Victims of Human-Made and Natural Disaster. Social-Psychological Medical Center, Moscow, Russia. (Invited)
  28. Jordan, K.  2003.  Does Spirituality Impact Trauma Recovery? American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. 


  1. Jordan, K., Parr, P., & Boyle, B.  2010.  Supervision Panel. Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy/Society for the Advancement of Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, Akron, OH. (Invited)
  2. Jordan, K.  2006.  Crisis Events: A Tragedy Or An Opportunity For Triumph? Oregon Counseling Association Annual Conference, Warm Springs, OR. (Keynote Speaker, Invited)
  3. Jordan, K.  2006.  The Timeline Trauma Genogram. Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Portland, OR.



  1. Collaborative Program (part of a MEDTAPP grant requested by the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) $286,231 (Requested), January 2013.
  2. CBT Collaborative Program (part of a MEDTAPP grant requested by the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) $107,655 (Funded)., September 2012.
  3. Suicide Prevention for University of Akron Military Service Students and their Families. (Joint grant proposal with Portage Path Behavioral Health) (Northeast Ohio Medical University, $5,000 funded), February 2012.
  4. The Northeast Ohio College Access Collaborative Grant (The University of Akron Representative). (Ohio Board of Regents. $250,000) (Funded), April 2011.
  5. Department of Counseling traumatology books. (University of Akron Library Grant. $500 (Funded), March 2011.
  6. The University of Akron Military Service Center (Member of Grant Development Team) (Federal Grant of $40,000 for three years requested), July 2010.
  7. Family Therapy Outpatient Clinic at St. Thomas Hospital. (Ridgecliff Foundation, $45,630 requested), March 2010.

Honors & Awards

  • Chi Sigma Iota President's Award, Department of Counseling, University of Akron, 2009
  • Who's Who Among Executive & Professional Women in Counseling and Development, 2008
  • Presidential Bronze Service Award - President George W. Bush, 2007
  • Humanitarian Award, European Branch - American Counseling Association, 2006
  • Human Rights Award, Oregon Counseling Association, 2006
  • Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Counseling and Development, 2005/2006
  • Who's Who Among American Women, 2006
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2005
  • Who's Who in America, 2005
  • University Faculty Research Award, George Fox University, 2004
  • Who's Who in America, 2004
  • Northwest Medical Teams International Volunteer Service Award, 2003
  • Faculty Research Leave, George Fox University, 2003
  • Who's Who in America, 2003
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2003
  • America's Outstanding Teachers, 2003
  • America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2002
  • Who's Who in America, 56th Edition, 2002
  • Who's Who in America, 55th Edition, 2001
  • Outstanding People of the 20th Century, 2000
  • Who's Who in America, Millennium Edition, 2000
  • Teaching Award, Division of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, 1999
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, CU-Denver School of Education, 1999
  • Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee, University of Colorado at Denver, 1999
  • Who's Who of American Women, 21st Edition, 1999
  • Who's Who in the World, 16th Edition, 1999
  • Directory of International Biography, 26th Edition, 1998
  • Service Award, Division of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, 1998
  • Excellence in Service Award, CU-Denver School of Education. 1998
  • Outstanding Service Award, The University of Colorado at Denver, 1998
  • Who's Who In The West, 26th Edition; 1997
  • Cum Laude: Colorado Christian College; Denver, Colorado; 1987
  • Exemplary Perseverance Award: Colorado Christian College; 1986

Dissertations Directed


  1. 2012-Present   Teresa Redic (The University of Akron)
  2. 2012-Present   Melissa Coan (The University of Akron)
  3. 2012-Present   Sherdene Simpson (The University of Akron)
  4. 2012-Present   David Tefteller (The University of Akron)
  5. 2012-Present   Michelle Bowes (The University of Akron)
  6. 2012-Present   Carolyn Serri (The University of Akron)
  7. 2012-Present   Sarah Ross (The University of Akron)
  8. 2012-Present   Ashley Grinonneau (The University of Akron)
  9. 2012-Present   Francesca Owoo (The University of Akron)
  10. 2012                Cheryl Thomas (The University of Akron).
  11. 2011-Present   Tracy Hall (The University of Akron).
  12. 2011                Joanne Holberg (The University of Akron).
  13. 2010-Present   Laura Tejada (The University of Akron).
  14. 2009-Present   Benson Okpara (The University of Akron).
  15. 2009-Present   Selena Tate Daniels (The University of Akron).

Professional Service

Editorial Boards

  • Education Research Journal (Guest Editor), 2013
  • Journal of Affective Disorders (Guest Editor), 2012
  • Counselor Education and Supervision, 2010-present
  • The Journal of Mental Health Counseling (Guest Editor), 2007-2008
  • The Family Journal (1st Term), 1998-2001
  • The American Journal of Family Therapy, 2000-2003
  • The Family Journal (2nd Term), 2001-2004
  • The Journal of Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention (Invited), 2003-2009
  • The Journal of Resiliency Research (Invited), 2003-2009
  • The Journal of Counseling and Development (Invited), 2003-2006
  •  The Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal, 2003-present
  •  The Family Journal (3rd Term), 2004-present
  • AAMFT Consumer Update (Guest Editor), 2000

University of Akron

University Level

  • Chairs Representative, University Council Human Talent and Human Resources Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, Counseling Psychology Faculty Search Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Psychology Department (Appointed by the Provost), 2012-2013
  • ALF/UA Speakers Bureau, 2012-present
  • ALF-UA Cares, 2011-present
  • Coordinator, UA students’ free psychiatric care program, in collaboration with NEOMED (formerly NEOUCOM) and Portage Path Behavioral Health, 2010-present
  • Member, Morgan Forum: Earning a Degree in Mental Health Planning Committee, 2009-2010
  • Member, Veterans Steering Committee (Appointed by the Provost), 2008-present
  • Member, Bio-innovation Second-Tier Committee (Invited by the Provost), 2008
  • Member/College of Education Representative, Campus Emergency Response Committee, 2008-present
  • Member, Chairs Council, 2007-present

Department of Counseling

  • Interim MFT Program Director (MA & PhD Programs), 2013-present
  • MFT Clinical Comprehensive Exam Coordinator, 2012-present
  • Chair, MFT Visiting Professor I Search Committee, 2012
  • Chair, MFT Visiting Professor II Search Committee, 2012
  • Faculty Representative, Society for the Advancement of Marriage & Family Therapy (Graduate Student Organization), 2012-present
  • Chair, Administrative Assistant Search Committee, 2012
  • Coordinator, NCE/CPCE Workshop, 2011
  • Coordinator, TA/ISA Teaching Certificate, 2010-present
  • Coordinator, On-Campus COAMFTE Site Visit, 2010
  • Coordinator, New Student Orientation (Master’s & Doctoral), 2009-present
  • Coordinator, On-Campus CACREP Site Visit,2008
  • Member, MFT Search Committee, 2008
  • Coordinator, Part-Time Faculty Orientation Meeting, 2008-present
  • Coordinator, GA Orientation, 2008-present
  • Coordinator, Supervisor Brunch, 2008-present
  • Coordinator, Open House & Donor Dedication, 2008
  • Coordinator, Provost Stroble Walk-About, 2008
  • Member, MFT Program Meetings, 2008-present

College of Education

  • Chair, Search Committee, COE Director of Assessment and Accreditation, 2011
  • Member, Doctoral Committee, 2011
  • Member, College of Education Speakers Bureau, 2009-present
  • Member, Dean Search Committee, 2008-2009
  • Member, Administrative Council, 2007-present
  • Member, NCATE Steering Committee/Data Management Committee, 2007-present
  • Member, College Council, 2007-present

Community Service

Selected 2002-present

  • Volunteer, Ohio Responds (Emergencies), 2011-present
  • Coordinator, Toy Drive for Haiti, Akron, OH, 2010
  • Volunteer, Summit County Medical Reserve Corps, 2008-2011
  • Member, Campus Safety in a Mental Health Context: An Ohio Plan (Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence), 2008-present
  • Volunteer for Pro-Bono Therapy for Virginia Tech Students in Oregon (coordinated by ACA subsequent to VT campus shootings), 2007
  • Coordinator, Food Drive for local food bank, Portland, OR, 2006
  • Coordinator, School Supply Drive for New Orleans Police Officers’ Families (after Hurricane Katrina), Portland, OR, 2005
  • Mental Health Consultant (post teen suicides) for Yamhill-Carlton School District, Yamhill, OR, 2005
  • Staff Debriefer (post teen suicides), Yamhill-Carlton High School, Yamhill, OR, 2005
  • Letter-Writing Drive for New York City Firefighters at Portland Area Public Schools. Portland, OR, 2002


In Press or In Review

  1. Jordan, K. Shared trauma of crisis counselors and other disaster relief workers after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Vistas 2013.
  2. Jordan, K. & Shaw, R. (In Press). Bringing spirituality into the counseling room: A training and supervision issue. In D. Sandhu (Ed.) Spirituality as a fifth force in counseling and psychology: Implications for practice, training and research. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  3. Jordan, K. (In Press) Military services as a cause of divorce. In R. E. Emery & G. Golson, Cultural sociology of divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (Invited)

Selected Refereed Publications

  1. Jordan, K. & Austin, J. 2012.  A review of the literature on bullying in U.S. schools: The bully, passive victim, bully-victim, and bystander. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 21(4), 440-458.
  2. Jordan, K. 2011.  The use of psychosocial assessment following the Haiti earthquake in the development of a three year Emotional Psycho-Medical Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (EP-MMHPS) plan. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 12(4), 1-10.
  3. Jordan, K. 2011.  Counselors helping service veterans re-enter their couple relationship after combat and military service: A comprehensive overview. The Family Journal 19(3), 1-11.
    Jordan, K. & Kelly, W. 2011.  A preliminary factor analysis investigation of beginning counseling internship students’ worries. Psychology Journal, 8(1), 2-10.
  4. Jordan, K. 2010.  Vicarious trauma: Proposed factors that impact clinicians. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 21(4), 225-237.
  5. Jordan, K. 2010.  An ethical decision making model for crisis counselors. Vistas 2010, 1-6.
  6. Jordan, K. 2007.  A case study: Factors to consider when working with hurricane Katrina’s local first responders with dual trauma. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 9, 91-101.
  7. Jordan, K. 2007.  Beginning supervisees’ identity: The importance of relationship variables and experience versus gender match in the supervisor-supervisee interplay. The Clinical Supervisor, 25(1/2), 43-51.
  8. Jordan, K. 2006.  A case study: How a disaster mental health volunteer provided spiritually, culturally and historically sensitive trauma training to teacher-counselors and other mental health professionals in Sri Lanka, 4 weeks after the tsunami. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 6(4), 1-10.
  9. Jordan, K. 2006.  The scripto-trauma genogram: An innovative technique for working with trauma survivors’ intrusive memories. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 6(1), 1-16.
  10. Jordan, K. 2005.  What we learned from 9/11: A terrorism grief and recovery process model. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 5(4), 1-16.
  11. Jordan, K. 2004.  The color-coded trauma genogram. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 4(1), 57-70.
  12. Jordan, K., & Kelly, W. E. 2004.  A preliminary factor analysis investigation of beginning counseling internship students’ worries. Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal, 1(2), 100-105.
  13. Jordan, K. 2003.  Catastrophic school shooting and recovery model. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 3(4), 397-411.
  14. Jordan, K. 2003.  Assessment and treatment of children with post-traumatic stress disorder. Marriage and Family, 6(2), 249-259.
  15. Jordan, K. 2003.  Relating therapeutic working alliance to therapy outcome. Family Therapy, 30(2), 95-107.
  16. Jordan, K. 2003.  What we learned from the 9/11 anniversary. The Family Journal, 11(2), 110-116 (Feature Article).
  17. Jordan, K. 2003.  Clinical training of graduate students: Faculty members' balancing of responsibility and vulnerability. The Clinical Supervisor, 21(1), 29-37. 

Selected Non-Refereed Publications

  1. Jordan, K. Serving as a crisis counselor after the Haiti earthquake, Counseling Today, June 2010, 44-46.
  2. Jordan, K.  2010.  Mental Health Training Manual. Haiti Ministry of Health (Translated into French and Creole) for use with Haitian physicians, physical therapists, nurses, mental health professionals and first responders.
  3. Jordan, K.  2008.  GA/TA/ISA Handbook. The University of Akron. (Updated annually).
  4. Jordan, K. 2009.  Part-Time Faculty Handbook. The University of Akron. Updated annually).
  5. Jordan, K.  2007.  School Counseling and School Psychology NCATE Report, George Fox University.
  6. Jordan, K. 2006.  Becoming a Crisis Counselor: A Personal Journey. Oregon Counseling Association Newsletter. (Invited)
  7. Jordan, K. 2006.  Training mental health professionals in traumatology after the terrorist attack on Beslan’s Middle School Number One. Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Network News. (Invited)
  8. Jordan, K. & Makhnach, A. 2005.  Mental health care in Russia. Family Therapy Magazine, 4(1), 33-37. (Invited)
  9. Jordan, K. 2004.  George Fox University Graduate Department of Counseling Reaccreditation Report. Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges.
  10. Jordan, K.  2004. Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy State Program Approval Report. Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.
  11. Jordan, K.  2003.  Trauma Supervision. Family Therapy Magazine, 5, 41-44. (Invited)
  12. Jordan, K.  2003.   Reflections on 9/11. George Fox University School of Education Newsletter.