Kristin Bruns

Associate Professor
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Kristin Bruns

Associate Professor

Psychological Sciences & Counseling

Beeghly Hall 4108

phone: (330) 941-3306


Dr. Kristin Bruns is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program and serves as the Coordinator of the College Counseling & Student Affairs Counseling Program. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working in various settings including community mental health centers, private practice, and college counseling centers.
She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio). Dr. Bruns holds a M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of South Dakota (CACREP accredited) and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the Kent State University (CACREP accredited). She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio Counseling Association, and the Northcentral Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Bruns’ areas of interest with regard to research and clinical work are: suicide training in the counselor education curriculum, protective factors for suicide, and termination practices in counseling. She has published in ACA Journals and served as a past President for the Eastern Ohio Counseling Association. Dr. Bruns is responsible for teaching courses across in the both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and College Counseling & Student Affairs Programs. She coordinates and teaches the Student Affairs courses in the clinical course sequence (e.g., Practicums and Internships) and the College Mental Health course as this is her specialty area.

Research Interests

Suicide Training in Counselor Education, Termination Practices in Counseling, College Student Mental Health

Teaching Interests

COUN 6920: Orientation and Ethics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 7004: Practicum in Student Affairs
COUN 7005: Internship in Student Affairs
COUN 7020: Field Experience Supervision

  • Education
    • 2014

      Ph D, Counselor Education and Supervision

      Kent State University

    • 2008

      MA, Community Counseling

      University of South Dakota

    • 2006

      BA, Psychology

      University of South Dakota

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2016

      South Dakota State University

      Teacher of the Year, Junior Faculty

    • 2016

      South Dakota Mental Health Counseling Association

      Howard B. Smith Distinguished Service Award

    • 2011

      Kent State University

      David K. Brooks Professional Service Award

    • 2009

      University of South Dakota

      Dynamic Practitioner and Leader