Melissa Kraemer Smothers

Mount Mary University LogoMelissa Kraemer Smothers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Counseling
Licensed Psychologist in the State of Wisconsin

Email: kraemerm@mtmary.edu
Phone:  (414) 930-3276
Office: Kostka Hall, room 353

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, APA Accredited, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Boston College - Boston, Massachusetts  
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Human Services Concentration, DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois

Honors/Awards:

  • 2016 - 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Mount Mary University
  • 2015 - 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Mount Mary University
  • 2014 - 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Mount Mary University
  • 2014 Early Career Psychologist National Register Credentialing Scholarship

Research Interests:

  • Attachment Theory
  • Issues of gender & power in therapy and supervision
  • Trauma

Recent Presentations:

Scheidegger, T. Smothers, M. K., Ong, L., Sepulveda, V., King, C. & Jashinsky, T. (2017, October). Assessment of counselor trainee skills and self-efficacy. Paper presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL.

Smothers, M. K., & Smothers, D. B. (2017, September). The Ties That Bind: Understanding Attachment Theory as a Path to Connection. Six-hour workshop presented for Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA) Continuing Education and Professional Development Program, Pewaukee, WI.

Smothers, M. K. (2017, January). General Group Therapy Techniques. Six-hour workshop presented as part of the Behavioral Health Workshop Series at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Milwaukee, W

Smothers, M. K., Smothers, D. B., & Halaiko, J. (2016, November). The Dynamics of Live Supervision. Live supervision session at the Fall Summit of the Wisconsin Counseling Association, Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M.K. (2016, October). Reflective functioning in supervision: Expanding the worldview of the supervisee. Roundtable presentation at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Bloomington, MN.

Smothers, M.K., Ong, L., Sepulveda, V., & Jashinsky, T. (2016, October). Assessment of counselor trainee and self-efficacy. Paper presented at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Bloomington, MN.

King, C. & Smothers, M.K. (2016, October). Teacher-student attachment styles and the influence on academic success and emotional development. 2016 Catholic Educator's Convention, Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M.K. & Smothers, D.B. (2016, September) Who will hear me when I call? The role of witnessing in community trauma. Paper session presented at the annual Social Living Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M.K. (2016, August). Counseling in 2016: Navigating boundaries in the era of social media & technology. Four-hour ethics works presented to Ozaukee and Washington County Health and Human Services, Port Washington, WI.

Smothers, M.K. & Scheidegger, T. (2016, April). Integrating a trauma informed care model with attachment theory and neuroscience. Paper session presented at the annual Counseling Spring Intensive at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M.K. & Lancione, A. (2016, March). Relationship between gender role conflict, coping, and burnout in male law enforcement. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association & Canadian and Psychotherapy Association, Montreal, Quebec.

Smothers, M.K. (2015, November). Entering the worldview of the child: An introduction to attachment and parental reflective functioning in working with caregivers. Paper session presented at the annual Social Living Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M.K. (2014, November).  Recent Legal Cases and the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics:  The Intersection of Ethics and Values.  Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Counseling Association, Madison, WI.

Wester, S.R. & Smothers, M.K. (2014, May).  Understanding masculinity to improve counseling with men.  Paper session presented at the Wisconsin Counseling Association's Spring Summit, Milwaukee, WI.


Publications:

Smothers, M.K. (2016). Neutrality and Curiosity. Entry in J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling. SAGE Publications.

Smothers, M.K. (2016). Women's Project, The. Entry in J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling. SAGE Publications.

Fleischman, K. Smothers, M. K., Christianson, H. F., Carter, L., Hains, A. A., & Davies, W. H. (2012). Experiences of adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes as they transition from middle to high school. Journal of School Counseling.

Smothers, M. K. & Smothers, D. B. (2011). A model of sexual assault primary prevention with diverse urban youth. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 20, 708-727.

Kantemneni, N., Smothers, M. K., Christianson, H.F., & Wester, S.R. (2010). Role induction: A potential method for improving men’s perceptions of career counseling. Career Development Quarterly.

Smothers, M. K. (2009). Harry Stack Sullivan. Entry in D. Lemming, K. Madden, & S. Marlan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Springer.

Smothers, M. K. (2009). Alfred Adler. Entry in D. Lemming, K. Madden, & S. Marlan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Springer.

Hains, A. A., Berlin, K. S., Davies, W. H., Sato, A. F., Smothers, M. K., Clifford, L. C., & Alemzadeh, R. (2009). Attributions of teacher reactions to diabetes self-care behaviors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 97-107.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Wisconsin Counseling Association (Board Member)
  • Milwaukee Area Psychological Association

Grants Funded and/or Special Projects:

  • Journal Editor, Wisconsin Counseling Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counseling Preparation and Supervision (JCPS)