Dr. Katie Rinchetti’s training is in Counselor Education and Supervision. She earned her Doctorate from Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA in 2009. Immediately following her doctoral studies, Dr. Rinchetti was invited to serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor at ODU for one year. Following her Visiting position, Dr. Rinchetti served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at ODU for four years.
Dr. Rinchetti holds professional licenses in Virginia (Licensed Professional Counselor) and Hawaii (Licensed Mental Health Counselor). She is also a Registered Play Therapist with the National Association for Play Therapy.
In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Rinchetti has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She spent 11 years working for a community-based agency in Norfolk, VA which provides Medicaid-funded mental health services to populations including at-risk children and adolescents, children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and adults with serious mental illness. During her tenure with this agency, Dr. Rinchetti moved through a variety of roles including intensive in-home counselor, assessment specialist, clinical supervisor, residency supervisor, outpatient counselor, and regional director. Her experience in these roles led to Dr. Rinchetti’s passion for addressing the systemic challenges and needs of marginalized populations.
Dr. Rinchetti also served as the the Family Advocacy Program Manager on Marine Corps Base Hawaii while living on the island of O'ahu for two years. In this role, she provided clinical direction for a variety of programs aimed at reducing incidents of family violence among Marines and their families. As a military spouse, Dr. Rinchetti understands the unique challenges and stressors faced by military families. Her primary focus as Program Manager was to develop skill-building programs to support increased interpersonal and communication skills, which can lead to a reduction in aggressive responses to conflict and stress.
Currently, in addition to teaching at Walden University, Dr. Rinchetti provides outpatient counseling for adolescents and adults and Play Therapy/Filial Play Therapy for children and caregivers.
PhD, Old Dominion University
MEd, Old Dominion University
BS, James Madison University
Awards / Honors
Shining Star Faculty Award, Old Dominion University, 2015
Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellow, Chi Sigma Iota, 2009
Rinchetti, K. S. (2017). Mindfulness Practices: A Complementary, Integrative Approach for Mental Health Treatment. Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health
Rinchetti, K. S. (2012). Counseling Children and Adolescents: The Parent Connection, Therapeutic and Ethical Considerations for Engaging Your Clients’ Parents. Old Dominion University
Rinchetti, K. S. (2009). Uninsured Clients: What do Counselors Really Think?. American Counseling Association
Rinchetti, K. S., Silverman, S. (2009). Any Place, Any Time, Every Client: Critical Elements of Conducting Mental Status Assessments. Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education