Kathy Atanasov

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
Ph.D. Counseling Education & Supervision

With a background in both school and addictions counseling, Dr. Kathy Goss Atanasov is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Counseling at Walden University. She has taught COUN 6111S, COUN 6370, COUN 6101, and Pre-Practicum at Walden. Dr. Atanasov has also taught practicum, career counseling, and substance abuse and society at the College of William & Mary.

After a decade working in adult literacy and information technology, Dr. Atanasov started her counseling career as a high school counselor (M.Ed, William & Mary, 2007), and later specialized in clinical mental health and addiction counseling during her doctorate (Ph.D, William & Mary, 2016). Dr. Atanasov has worked with adolescents and adults in several clinical settings including public schools, a college addictions clinic, and a local court system. In addition to her work at Walden, Dr. Atanasov works as a substance counselor at a residential addictions center in Williamsburg, VA, living her ideal job to teach part-time and counsel part-time. Dr. Atanasov is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia.

Dr. Atanasov’s research interests include school counselor’s work with student substance users and addiction counseling.

Courses Taught

COUN 6101 - Foundations of Graduate Study

COUN 6370 - Counseling Addictive Disorders

COUN 6100 - Group Lab

COUN 6316 - Techniques in Counseling

CPLB 602L - Pre Practicum 2

COUN 6111S - Intro to School Counseling


PhD, College of William & Mary

MEd, College of William & Mary

MA, Boston College

BA, Texas A&M University