Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development

HDCO 510 Counseling Theories II
HDCO 521 Counseling Skills Lab
HDCO 523 Addictions Theory
HDCO 524 Consultation & Crisis: Theory & Practice
HDCO 525 Counseling Children and Adolescents
HDCO 558 Career Counseling
HDCO 571 Practicum


Cristen Wathen, PhD, LCPC (MT), NCC, LPC (ID)

Assistant Professor, Counseling

223 Herrick Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540 | 406.994.3274


Dr. Cristen Wathen is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Department of Health and Human Development at MSU.  She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Montana, a licensed professional counselor in Idaho and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Cristen earned her Ph.D. from Idaho State University in Counselor Education and Counseling, her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and her BA in Biblical Studies and History from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.  She loves qualitative research, teaching, dance, yoga, the Razorbacks, and working with clients on spiritual issues.  Professionally, Cristen has experience training and supervising counselors, writing and presenting in her field, and working with sexual abuse survivors, college students, and a wide variety of other clients.  Her research centers on multicultural development of counselors through international experiences.  She is also interested in sexual abuse and trauma counseling in Montana.  Between her master’s and doctoral work, Wathen worked clinically as a counselor specializing in sexual abuse and assault.  She also led the Support and Empowerment Program for Single Parents at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, and was an Academic Advisor for the Teacher Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Cristen mentored and counseled college students at Baylor University's Career Counseling Center and Academic Support Program as well.  She worked as a counselor at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Center during her doctoral work. 


  • PhD, Idaho State University
  • MS, Baylor University
  • BA, Ouachita Baptist University

Selected Publications

Kostohryz, K., Wells, P., Wathen, C. & Wilson, D. (2013). More than a vacation: Exploring the impact
of reentry for international sojourners. Provisionally Accepted to the Journal of Mental Health
Counseling, Oct. 2013.

Harrawood, L., McClure, C. & Nelson, J. (2011). Using experiential activities to prepare
counselors-in-training to understand the power of cravings when addressing clients with
addiction.  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 6(2), 105-117, doi:

Gardner, R., Adkins, J., Gillespie, W. & Wathen, C. (2012).  Needs assessment for counseling
GLBT clients. Vistas 2012. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. 

Harrawood, L., Wathen, C. & Nelson, J. (2012).  Music and lyrics: Understanding addiction
cravings. ACA-ACC Creative Interventions and Activities Clearinghouse, Charter Member.

Wells, P. & Wathen, C. (2013).   Our photos, our voices. In J.S. Glass and K. Dotson-Blake (Eds.), Online group activities to enhance counselor education (pp. 65-71). Alexandria, VA:  Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Bohecker, L. & Wathen, C. (2013).  Two personal perspectives on spirituality in the counseling
classroom. ASERVIC Interaction Newsletter, XII(4), 10-11.