Interim Dean — College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Odegard-Koester holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University. She is currently a Professor at Southeast Missouri State University and serves as Interim Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
She has her LPC in Missouri and has served a variety of clients at Gibson Recovery Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Many of the concerns she's addressed are diverse and include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance use, LGBTQ concerns, grief and loss, and telehealth.
Her professional research and publications highlight the need for counselor educators, supervisors, and professional counselors to incorporate social justice paradigms into their work. She also incorporates alternative creative modalities such as hypnosis, expressive arts, and popular culture interventions. Her previous experiences involved working with both urban and rural populations within a clinical context.