Tamara Coder Mikinski

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Program Director for the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology
, Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 638
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Tamara Coder Mikinski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas and Missouri who holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. She serves as the Program Director for the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology and teaches courses in both the masters and doctoral programs. Dr. Mikinski has been licensed since 1994 and has experience with a wide range of common developmental and psychological concerns faced by individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Mikinski has a special interest and long-term experience working with college students and couples. She has completed three levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She formerly served as the Director of the Rockhurst University Counseling Center and has worked as a supervisor/consultant to other college counseling centers. In addition, Dr. Mikinski is experienced in psychological evaluation and assessment, especially for ministerial candidates. Currently, she teaches Counseling Psychology courses at the University of Kansas such as Ethical and Professional Issues, Group Therapy, Couples & Family Therapy, Diagnosis and Psychopathology, as well as, Advanced Practicum. She maintains her clinical practice at the Sastun Center of Integrative Health Care in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Mikinski is an experienced provider of continuing education and is available to provide professional training, especially in the areas of professional and ethical issues and couples therapy.

Dr. Mikinski specializes in school counseling, counselor training, suicide prevention, test anxiety and integrative health.


, Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas

M.S. Ed., Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas

B.S. Ed., English, The University of Kansas



EPSY 844:Theory of Group Counseling

EPSY 880:Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling

EPSY 890:Diagnosis and Psychopathology

EPSY 948:Advanced Practicum I

EPSY 949:Advanced Practicum II

EPSY 956:Theory of Marriage and Family Counseling

Selected Publications

Mikinski, T. C. (2009). Relaxation. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Coder, T. Nelson, R. & Aylward, L. (1991). Suicide among secondary students. School Counselor, 38, 358-361.

Nelson, R. & Coder, T. (1989). Suicide among school aged children in Kansas. Kansas State Department of Education.

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