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Dr. Louisa Foss-Kelly


Dr. Foss-Kelly

Louisa L. Foss-Kelly, Ph.D., N.C.C., L.P.C. 
Phone: (203) 392-5154 
Office: Davis 115 F

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Foss-Kelly received her B.A. degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in 1995. She received her master's degree in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from Kent State University in 2005. 

Dr. Foss-Kelly has been an LPC since 1999 and has taught in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at SCSU since 2008. She earned her BA from The Ohio State University, and MEd and Ph.D. in counselor education at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Foss-Kelly enjoys teaching crisis and trauma counseling, diagnosis, treatment, and fieldwork courses. Her primary research focus is in socioeconomic status and counseling people living in poverty.

Dr. Foss-Kelly is a certified instructor in QPR Suicide Prevention and Treatment (QPRT). She’s frequently involved in legislative and public policy issues through Chi Sigma Iota Counseling, Academic, and Professional Honor Society International and in her role as Past-President of the CT Counseling Association. 

Selected publications

Harper, A., Clayton, A., Bailey, M., Foss-Kelly, L., Sernyak, M., & Rowe, M. (2015). Financial health and mental health: Making the connections. Psychiatric Services. DOI: 10.1176/

Foss-Kelly, L. L. (2015). Crashing waves. In V. Kress and M. Paylo (Eds.), Treating mental disorders: A strength-based, comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment planning. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Freadling, A., & Foss-Kelly, L. (2014). New counselors’ experiences of community health centers. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53, 219-232. DOI: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2014.00059.x

Generali, M. M., Foss, L. L. & McNamara, K. (2013). Barriers to evidence-based counseling practices: A counselor education training model. VISTAS 2013 (1-15). Retrieved from

Foss, L. L. (2013). Evaluation, assessment, interpretation, and diagnosis. In D. H. Levitt & H. J. Hartwig Moorhead (Eds.), Values and ethics in counseling: Real-life ethical decision- making. New York: Routledge.

Foss, L. L., & Generali, M. (2012). The CARE model for working with people in poverty. In D. C. Sturm & D. M. Gibson (Eds.), Social class and the helping professions: A clinician’s guide to navigating the landscape of class in America (pp. 185-200). New York: Routledge.

Rapisarda, C., & Foss, L. L. (2012). The role of social class in diagnosis, assessment, & treatment planning. In D. C. Sturm & D. M. Gibson (Eds.), Social class and the helping professions: A clinician’s guide to navigating the landscape of class in America (pp. 201-222). New York: Routledge.

Foss, L. L., Generali, M. M., & Kress, V. E. (2011). Counseling people living in poverty: The CARE model. Journal of Humanistic Counseling 50(2), 161-171. DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2011.tb00115.x

Protivnak, J. & Foss, L. L. (2009). An exploration of themes that impact the counselor education doctoral student experience. Counselor Education and Supervision, 48(4), 239-256. DOI: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2009.tb00078.x

Foss, L. L., Green, J., Wolfe-Stiltner, K., & DeLucia-Waack, J. L. (Eds.). (2008). School counselors share their favorite group activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Foss, L. L., & Warnke, M. A. (2003). Counseling abused Fundamentalist Protestant Christian women.  Counseling and Values, 48, 14-23. DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2003.tb00271.x

Page, B. J., Jencius, M. J., Rehfuss, M. C., Foss, L. L., Dean, E. P., Petruzzi, M. L., Olson, S. D., & Sager, D. E. (2003). PalTalk online groups: Process and reflections on students’ experience. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 28, 35-41.