Associate Professor

Dr. Kindsvatter received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University in 2006. He is interested in the in the neurodevelopmental mechanisms of trauma, attachment theory, and clinical supervision. He regularly publishes in professional journals and presents at national conferences on each of these topics.

Dr. Kindsvatter's courses taught include Family Counseling, Assessment in Mental Health Counseling, and Helping Relationships.


Tansey, M., & Kindsvatter, A. (2020). Moral Foundations Theory and Its Implications for Counseling. Counseling and Values, 65(1), 95-107. 10.1002/CVJ.12124

Kindsvatter, A., Russotti, J., & Tansey, M. (2019). The Development of the Fear Response Circuitry of the Brain: A Neurodevelopmental Case for Family Counseling. Family Journal, 27(2), 167-174. 10.1177/1066480719834874

Kindsvatter, A. & Tansey, M. (2018). Attachment disorganization in childhood. The Family Journal, 26(2), 143-149.

Desmond, K. J., Kindsvatter A. Stahl, S. & Smith, H. (2015). Creative techniques with children who have experienced trauma. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 10(4), 439-455.

Kindsvatter, A. & Geroski, A. (2014). The impact of early life stress on the neurodevelopment of the stress response system. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 472-480.

Kindsvatter, A., & Desmond, K. J. (2013). A problem-based approach to facilitation of skill acquisition and cognitive complexity with pre-practicum students. The Clinical Supervisor, 32, 212-223.

Kindsvatter, A. & Desmond, K. J. (2013). Addressing parent-child conflict:  Attachment- based interventions with parents. Journal of Counseling and Development, 91(1), 105-112.

Kindsvatter, A., Desmond, K. J., Yanikoski, A., Stahl, S. (2013). The use of therapeutic letters in addressing parent-child attachment problems. The Family Journal, 21(1), 74-79.

Kindsvatter, A., & Lara, T. (2012). The facilitation and maintenance of the therapeutic  alliance in family therapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 42(4), 235-242.

Kindsvatter, A., Osborn, C. J., Bubenzer, D. L., & Duba, J. D. (2010). Client perceptions of pretreatment change. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88(4), 449-456.

Kindsvatter, A., Nelson, J., & Desmond, K. J. (2009). An invitation to between-session change: The use of therapeutic letters in couples and family counseling. The Family Journal, 17(1), 32-38.

Kindsvatter, A., Duba, J. D., & Dean E. P. (2008). Structural techniques for engaging reluctant parents in counseling. The Family Journal, 16(3), 204-211.

Kindsvatter, A., Granello, D. H., & Duba, J. (2008). Cognitive techniques as a means for facilitating supervisee development. Counselor Education and Supervision, 47(3), 179-192.

Kindsvatter, A. (2006). Listening to our literature, listening to our clients: An interview with Barry Duncan and Scott Miller. The Family Journal 14(2), 184-188.

Kindsvatter, A. (2005). Huckleberry Finn reconsidered: An interview with David Nylund. The Family Journal, 13(4), 503-506.

Desmond, K. J., & Kindsvatter, A. (2009). Intentional practices in supervision of family counseling: The use of supervisory letters. The Family Journal, 18(1), 31-35.

Duba, J. D., Kindsvatter A. & Priddy, C. J. (2010). Deconstructing the Reflection in the Mirror. Adultspan, 9 (2), 103-116.

Awards and Recognition

David K. Brooks Award - selected as a recipient by CHDS faculty in recognition of service provided to the profession of counseling

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Adult learning
  • Mental health


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University
  • M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Kent State University


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Office Location:

Mann Hall, Room 101B