Cristen Wathen, PhD, LCPC (MT), NCC, LPC (ID)
Assistant Professor, Counseling
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.
Kostohryz, K., Wells, P., Wathen, C. & Wilson, D. (2013). More than a vacation: Exploring the impact
Bohecker, L. & Wathen, C. (2013). Two personal perspectives on spirituality in the counseling