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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs

Kristina L. Wilkerson, Ph. D, LPC, NCC



Dr. Wilkerson’s teaching and supervision approach is collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and creative. Her main motivation as a counselor educator and clinical supervisor is to assist counselors-in-training in fostering and growing in their professional identity, professional competencies, and self-efficacy.

She teaches from a transformative learning theoretical approach which emphasizes adult learning through self-examination and action-oriented experiences in and outside the classroom. Transformative learning is a form of adult instruction that prioritizes change in the students’ perspectives, challenges assumptions, and provides opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills through critical discourse and experiential activities.

Dr. Wilkerson’s goals for her students surround development of a strong clinical identity. Students will leave her classes feeling more aware of themselves, knowable about the counseling practice and confidant in their art form in practice counseling with client. In addition, her goals are to improve self- efficacy in her students in that her students feel skilled and believe in their ability to do the work as a professional counselor. Finally, Dr. Wilkerson’s goals are for her students to have fun and to enjoy the healing work that comes from being a change agent in the lives of those we are privilege to support in therapeutic spaces. Many of her students will say that Dr. Wilkerson is fun but firm, she will make sure you do what is necessary to become a counselor but, also enjoy the work that is being a counselor because it is a great profession.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adler University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Dr. Wilkerson’s research passion and dissertation topic focus on exploring the relationship between multicultural competency, multicultural counseling self-efficacy, and transformative learning methods in master level courses. She also has research experience in women’s health, relational tread in couple and marital counseling, racial microaggression effects on wellness, mentorship for women of color in graduate school programs, multicultural competency development, creative interventions in clinical counseling supervision, and gender influences within the counseling supervision alliance and satisfaction. Her experience with research includes practicing both qualitative and quantitative models of research method.

Past Experience Highlights

Past Experience Highlights

  • Counselor and Clinical Consultant, Midwest Counseling and Diagnosis (Present)
  • Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness, Governor State University
  • Faculty, National Louis University
  • Co- inductor-Faculty, Northern Illinois University
  • Counselor, Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center
  • Clinician, Family Service Agency
  • Counselor & Consultant, Quantum Consulting Group
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association: Professional Member (2015-present)
  • Illinois Counseling Association: President (2024-2025)
  • Division of Illinois Counselors for Social Justice, Past President (2017-2021)
  • Illinois Counseling Association Chapter: Black Counselors Association, Past President (2018-2019)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Professional Member (2016-present)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Professional member (2016-present)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Wilkerson, K. (2019) “The Relationship of Transformative Learning Experiences on Multicultural Competency and Multicultural Self-Efficacy in Counselors in Training”. ProQuest Dissertations
  • Wilkerson, K. (2016). Self-care: Luxury or Necessity. Illinois Counselor, 8, 24-25.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Wilkerson, K. (2020, December), “Virtual Diversity and Wellness Workshop”, Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2020, October), “Diversity and Inclusion on a College Campus” Illinois College Counseling Association Annual Workshop Series. Zoom.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2019, November), “The Sisterella Complex: A Closer Look at Depression in Degree seeking African American Women” Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie IL.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2019, May), “Doctoral Minority Fellowship Experience”. Bridging the Gap Symposium NBCC Foundation. Atlanta, GA.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2019, May “The Sisterella Complex: A Closer Look at Depression in Degree seeking African American Women” Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling annual spring conference. Palos Heights, IL
  • Wilkerson, K. (2019, March), ““My Advocacy Looks Like”: How Today’s Counseling Professionals Engage in Advocacy” American Counseling Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2018, April), “Brown Girl Joy”. NIU Latino Resource Center annual Women’s Empowerment Conference. Dekalb, IL.
  • Wilkerson, K. & Wade, E (2017, March), “What is your Armor?”. American Counseling Association 2017 Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Wilkerson, K. (2016, November), No Harm, No fowl. Illinois Counseling Association 2016 Annual Conference. Springfield, IL.
  • Bathje, G., Weber.A, Wilkerson. K (2014, November), Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions: Impact on Wellbeing and Protective Factors. Illinois Counseling Association 2014 Annual Conference. Schaumburg, IL.
Select Awards or Recognitions

Select Awards or Recognitions

  • Minority Fellowship Award, National Board for Certified Counselors and NBCC Foundation. 2018
  • Black Excellence Award, Black Counselors Association, Northern Illinois University. 2018
  • ICSJ Excellence of Advocacy and Social Justice Award,) Illinois Counselors for Social Justice. Illinois Counseling Association. 2017
  • Deacon Davis Diversity Award, Presidential Commission of Status of Minorities. Northern Illinois University. 2017