Dr. Kristen Benson

Kristen Benson, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Program Director

Dr. Kristen Benson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and core faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She holds an LMFT in North Carolina. She is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the National Council on Family Relations where she chairs the Social Justice Network Focus Group. Dr. Benson's professional interests include social justice-informed training and practice, with focus on LGBTQ inclusive and anti-racist work.


B.S., Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Appalachian State University
Ph.D., Human Development, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech

Research Interests

Marginalization and inclusion in families
Transgender and gender expansive identity inclusion in family therapy
Social justice frameworks for family therapy research, teaching, learning, and practice

Contact Information

Email: bensonke@appstate.edu

Title: Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director, Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate Coordinator
Department: Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8884

Office address
314D College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037


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