Shannon Kakkar



Shannon Kakkar

Department Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Washington, DC
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

Dr. Kakkar is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a certified School Adjustment Counselor in Massachusetts. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Kakkar earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families with severe mental health disorders. She is currently assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology program. Previously Dr. Kakkar has served as the Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Victoria where she developed the Training Clinic and served as the Coordinator. Dr. Kakkar has presented at local, national, and international counseling conferences. Her research focuses on the globalization of counseling and the effects of culture, religion, and traditional healing methods on practice with the goal of professionals from traditional healing and Western-training coming together to provide the best possible services for clients. She utilizes intersectionality, intercultural studies, and post-modern theories in her research, which focuses on Southeast Asia populations and immigrants to the United States. Dr. Kakkar is a member of the American Counseling Association and currently serves as the president of the Maryland Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.S. Psychology Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 2007
M.Ed. Counselor Education Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 2010
PhD. Counselor Education and Supervision The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 2016
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Counseling Association
Member Association for Creativity and Counseling
Member Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Member International Association for Counseling
Member Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
Member Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
Member Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Member Maryland Counseling Association
President Maryland Association for Marriage and Family Counselors
LMHC, Massachusetts
SSW/SAC, Massachusetts
NCC, National
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Career Counseling
Diversity Immigration/Immigrant Issues
Religion and Spirituality
Sexuality/Gender Issues LGBTQ
Title Location Date
Help-seeking of the Indian diaspora: Strategies for counseling. Chicago, IL 10/17
Best practices in addressing conscience clause legislation in counselor education and supervision Chicago, IL 10/17
Alternative ways of knowing: Using the “self” in research Clearwater, FL 09/17
Reinventing mentorship in counselor education Clearwater, FL 09/17
String art: Opening the Johari window and gaining perspectives Clearwater, FL 09/17
Creative intervention in the digital age Budapest, Hungary 09/17
Mental health and the media: Representations of mental illness in Bollywood Budapest, Hungary 09/17
Relationships, families, and help-seeking: The South Asian Indian diaspora in the United States New Orleans, LA 02/17
Integration of religious and spiritual values in group therapy Verona, Italy 09/15

Lindinger-Stenart, S., Laux, J., Jain, S., & Kakkar, S. (2017). Testing Levinson’s theory using a sample of mother’s in the criminal justice system. VISTAS Online, (Spring),