Karen D. Multon

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 130 N
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Karen D. Multon, Ph.D. is a professor of counseling psychology and joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2003. She served as chair of the Department of Psychology and Research in Education from 2003 to 2012. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1990 to 2003. Dr. Multon earned her doctorate at Loyola University of Chicago. She has received several awards in teaching/mentoring, including the Kemper Teaching Professorship. She teaches courses in projective assessment, counseling skills, and counseling practicum. Her primary areas of research are in vocational psychology (especially leadership and achieving success in work) and psychological instrument development and validation. Dr. Multon and her colleague Dr. Barbara Kerr were awarded a National Science Foundation Grant entitled Milestones and Danger Zones for Talented Women in STEM. Dr. Multon currently serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Vocational Behavior and Group Dynamics: Research and Practice. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Teaching Interests

  • Counseling and interviewing skills
  • Projective assessment
  • Counseling practicum

Research Interests

  • Vocational psychology
  • Educational leadership
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native college student retention and career development

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1990
  • M.A., Learning Disabilities, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
  • B.A., Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1974


Counseling process and outcome (both career and personal counseling), vocational psychology. personality assessment, psychometrics, relationship between psychological and physical health.

Dept Number Course Name Cr. Syllabus
EPSY 740 Counseling and Interviewing Skills 3 syllabus
EPSY 842 Counseling Practicum 6 syllabus
EPSY 949 Advanced Practicum II 10 syllabus
EPSY 998 Seminar In: _____ 1-4 syllabus


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