Kiersten Hawes is currently a doctoral student in the PhD Counselor Education and Supervision program in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at the University of Memphis. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Memphis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Spelman College.
Kiersten has clinical experience conducting individual, couples, group, and family therapy in community-based, university, and inpatient settings. She ascribes to a person-centered and family systems approach. In addition to clinical experience, she is passionate about building community awareness around stress, health, and emotional well-being. She helped develop a curriculum to educate the greater Memphis area on the long-term effects of emotional trauma and stress on childhood neurodevelopment and health.
Her clinical interests include multicultural and family systems counseling. Her research interests include the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurodevelopment, attachment, resilience, and minority mental health and well-being.