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Dr. Krista Kirk

College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Associate Professor


PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, Liberty University
MS in Psychology, Mercy University
BS in Psychology, Southeastern University


Dr. Krista Kirk joined Southeastern University's graduate counseling program in 2023 after 10 years of teaching in higher education. After earning her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, Dr. Kirk became a professor and taught in the graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Liberty University, and eventually transitioned to also teach in their doctoral Counselor Education and Supervision program. Dr. Kirk actively engages in professional development, publishing her work in peer-reviewed journals, counseling textbooks, and academic counseling newsletters, in the areas of gatekeeping and psychological safety in counselor education, mental illness stigma in religious communities, and multicultural competence in the counseling profession. Dr. Kirk has also been invited to present her research at numerous national, regional, and local counseling conferences, including conferences held by the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

In addition to being a professor, Dr. Kirk has a counseling private practice in the NYC metropolitan area, where she seeks to meet the needs of under-served populations. She is a National Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Board-Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She is married to her favorite person, Rob, and they pastor a church in Eastchester, NY where they are also raising their two children. Dr. Kirk has a passion for equipping Christ-followers in counseling excellence so that they can have a voice in furthering the profession for God's glory.