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Kristin Meany-Walen

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kristin K. Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S earned her doctorate in Counseling from the University of North Texas, Denton where she specialized in play therapy. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and has taught courses across the CACREP core. She worked for Walden from 2011 to 2015, prior to her return in 2020. With Walden, she taught a variety of courses and Residencies.
Kristin Meany-Walen is the Mental Health Coordinator for Waterloo Community School District, Iowa; and adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Her areas of expertise include Adlerian play therapy, school-based counseling, and wellness. Kristin frequently presents, publishes, and conducts research on these topics. Her research contributed to Alderian play therapy being recognized as an evidenced based treatment. Kristin co-authored Doing play therapy: From building the relationship to facilitating change and Partners in play: An Adlerian approach to play therapy (3rd ed.) with Terry Kottman, developer of Adlerian play therapy.