Katherine Shirley

Assistant Professor of Counseling, Department of Psychology & Counseling

Katherine Shirley holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor.  Her expertise is in child & adolescent clinical mental health counseling.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, including the ACES division, and the New Jersey Counseling Association.

* Ph.D. in Counselor Educaiton & Supervision, Old Dominion University, 2014

* Ed.S. in Counseling Services, Rider University, 2010

* M.A. in Counseling Services, Concentration in Community Counseling, Rider University, 2009

* B.A. in Psychology, Rider University 2004


Courses Taught at FDU:

Appraisal of the Individual

Crisis Intervention

Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 


Multicultural Counseling

Schools, Communities, & Substance Use


Research Interests:  

Child and adolescent emotional and behavioral counseling; Youth suicidality; Adoption and foster care issues; Child abuse and neglect; Post-traumatic stress and related treatment modalities; Multicultural clinical supervision of counselors working with high-risk populations; Assessment and Diagnosis using the DSM-5; Wellness.

Short Abstract

Katherine Shirley is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the Department of Psychology & Counseling at Fairleigh Dickinson University.