Kristin Kay Higgins

Kristin Kay Higgins

Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision

CNED Program Coordinator


(RHRC)-Rehab, Human Resources, & Comm.Disorders

Phone: 479-575-3329

Fax: (479) 575-2492

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Kristin Higgins joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2006 as a visiting assistant professor in the Counselor Education Program. Prior to this Kristin worked for several years at a community mental health counseling agency where she served as a clinical facilitator in the school based counseling program. In the fall of 2008 Kristin joined the faculty as a full time tenure tack faculty member. She is the School Counseling Program Coordinator as well. Kristin provided mental health counseling services to elementary age students and their families in a local public school. Before providing services in the school based program, Kristin served as lead clinician for the older children’s track in the residential program. Professional organizations include the American School Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, American Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Arkansas School Counseling Association, Arkansas Counseling Association, and Arkansas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Kristn has served as secretary for ARACES since Fall 2006.

  • Counseling Children and Adolescents - At risk youth
  • Measurement and Evaluation in School Counseling-Accountability
  • Stress and Anxiety in Children
  • School Counseling-Role and function of the School Counselor/School Based Counseling
  • Students with Asperger's Syndrome-Transition and school based needs and issues
  • Program Organization and Information Development
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling
  • Individual Appraisal 
  • Foundations of Counseling
  • Gender Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling and Human Diversity
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Internship -- School and Agency
  • Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Counselor Education, 2005
  • M.S. University of Arkansas, Counseling, 1999
  • B.A. Vanderbilt University, Psychology/Sociology, 1995

(For full listing see attached CV above)

Refereed Publications

  • Baker, K.; Koch. L., Higgins, K., & Greene, A. (2012). Cohesive lifespan transition planning for youths on the autism spectrum.  Rehabilitation Counselors & Educators Journal, 6(1), 64-75.
  • Keller, B., & Higgins, K.K. (2011).  Partnering with Parents:  Promoting whole student development in K-12 school settings.  The Counseling Interviewer

Book Chapters

  • Stephen, J. R. & Higgins, K.K. (2009). Helping Student Athletes Adapt to College: The Role of An Academic Transition Course. In Kissinger, D.B., & Miller, M.T.(Eds).College student-Athletes: Challenges, opportunities, and policy implications. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Newgent, R., Higgins, K., Paladino, D., Davis, H., & Maldonado, J. (2007). Counseling Career Information from Routledge: Nailing your faculty interview. Retrieved November, 12, 2007, from Routledge Counseling Web site:
  • Newgent, R., Higgins, K., Mulvenon, S., & Balkin, R. (2006). Improving the supervisory working alliance: A pilot study of personality differences between novice and experienced counselors. Resources in Education. (ERIC Accession No. ED 490 502)


  • Higgins, K.K., Raney, J., Kissinger, D. (July 2013). The Razor C.O.A.C.H program: A career and college coaching partnership between a University and Community School Districts.  To be presented at the National Career Development Association Global Career Development Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Koch, L., Mamiseishvili, K., & Higgins, K. (April, 2012). The persistence of students with psychiatric disabilities in higher education. 12th Annual National Rehabilitation Educators Conference. San Francisco, CA.


  • Higgins, K.K., Koch, L.C, & Mamiseishvilli, K. (2012).  The persistence of Students with Psychiatric Disabilities in Higher Education.  Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Savannah, GA.
  • Higgins, K.K., Gallini, B., Davis, T. (October 2010).  Fostering academic motivation in adolescent males: The N-ACH project. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Williamsburg, VA.


  • Higgins, K.K. (November 2012). Post-Secondary Share Session. Arkansas Counseling Association Conference.  Hot Springs, AR.
  • Higgins, K.K., Scott, T., McKee, R., Lauren, J., Harless, A., Mitchell, B., & Rice, K.  (November, 2012). Research and public school partnerships: The Razor Coach Program.  Arkansas Counseling Association Conference.  Hot Springs, AR.


Kristin has made many presentations at the state, regional, and national levels focusing on a variety of topics. Kristin coordinates the school counseling program and teaches courses that are school counseling specific: Program Organition and Information Development Counseling Children and Adolescents. She has a strong interest in measurement and evaluation in counseling and enjoys statistics and research design. She has a graduate certificate in Educational Research and Statistics. Her dissertation focusing on stress management self-efficacy for children won the outstanding dissertation of the year award, and she plans on continuing her work in this area as well as working on various articles and research projects. Kristin was also involved as the research liaison on various grants through the community mental health agency in which she works.


2011    Principal Investigator. "NWA College and Career Coaching Program". Walton Family Foundation. $1.5 million over three years.

2010    Co-Principal Investigator. "Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation Long Term Training Grant". US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration. $489,720 over five years.

2009    Co-Principal Investigator. "Psychosocial Education Prevention Groups for Elementary School Children Bullied by Peers: A Comparison of Traditional vs. Targeted Programming". Mental Health America. $250

2007    Co-Principal Investigator. "Health Initiatives School Based Social Services Program (Health Initiatives)". Ozark Guidance. $34,864 over one year

2007-2009    "The Need Achievement (N-ACH) Research Project". University of Arkansas, Education Renewal Zone, Nick Tschepikow. $350

2008-2009    "Educational, Psychosocial, Communication, and Career Development of Children and Youths on the Autism Spectrum". RHRC Departmental Grant. $2,500