Education

PhD, MA, University of Akron; BA, Baldwin Wallace University

Research Interests

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), self-injury, strength-based treatment approaches, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, leadership and professional advocacy

Background

Dr. Kress has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical and addictions settings, including work with those from urban and rural environments, and she especially enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She was the 2008 recipient of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Distinguished Mentor Award, the 2011 recipient of the ACES Leadership Award, the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACA Distinguished Mentor Award. She has also received a number of Youngstown State University and Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) awards, including the 2012 OCA Counselor of the Year Award. She is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International and the Ohio Counseling Association. She has published approximately 100 refereed articles and numerous book chapters, and has coauthored two books on diagnosis and treatment. In her most recent book, Treating Those with Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach to Case Conceptualization and Treatment, she presents a strength-based, culturally sensitive model for use in counseling and treatment planning. She specializes in child abuse and child trauma, and is a court appointed guardian ad litem who advocates for abused and neglected children.

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