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Professor, Director of School Counseling Program
Contact Info

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M. Ed. Wake Forest University
  • B.A. James Madison University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed School Counselor
  • JMU School Counseling Program Director
  • Mindfulness Consultant and Facilitator for Schools and Organizations
  • Awards Include:
    • Mosier Fellowship at James Madison University
    • Meritorious Service Award from ASERVIC (Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of ACA)
    • Wake Forest University Counseling Program Distinguished Alumni Award
    • Biggs-Pine Award for contribution to the Counseling & Values professional journal
    • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University
Scholarly Interests / Research Topics
  • My research interests include counseling and mindfulness, diverse expressions of spirituality, child well-being, and integrative wellness.
  • Selected publications include:
    • Kielty, M. L. & Banner, A. (2018). Feminist spirituality in Cashwell, C.,  &Young, S.  (Eds.).  Spiritual and
      Religious Values in Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice, 2nd ed
      . Alexandria, VA:  ACA.   
    • Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D., & Staton, A. R. (2017). Cultivating spiritual strength of children and adolescents through contemplative practices in K-12 school settings. Journal of Children and Adolescents, 1-11.
    • Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Staton, A. R. (2017) . Whole school approaches to incorporating mindfulness based interventions: Supporting the capacity for optimal functioning in school settings. Childhood Education, 93(2), 128-135.
    • Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Staton, A. R. (2017). Cultivating mindfulness with third grade students via classroom-based interventions. Contemporary School Psychology, 1-6.
    • Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Nafziger, S. (in process). The relationship between classroom-based mindfulness interventions and  teacher burnout in K-12 education.
    • Strunk, J. Kipps-Vaughan, D., Pavelko, S., Allen-Bronough, D., Myers. K., Gilligan, T.,
      Richardson, E., Kielty, M. L., & Tacy, J. (accepted manuscript) Education for pre-service school-based professionals: Faculty and student collaboration. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders
    • Kielty, M. L. (2015). Motherhood and spirituality, in Robert, T., &, Kelly, V. A. (Eds.). Critical Incidents in Integrating Spirituality into Counseling. Alexandria, VA:  ACA.  
    • Kielty, M. L. (2014). Mindful acceptance as a path to growth as a teacher, in Aleman, C., Beverly, C., Brantmeier, E., & Cancienne, M. (Eds.).  What Sustains Us: A Celebration of Teaching and Teachers, JMU College of Education Project

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