Thorson-Olesen, Stephanie

Assistant Professor
MRC 542


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Capella University
  • M.S. in Counselor Education – Community Counseling, Winona State University 
  • B.A. in Psychology, Winona State University

Professional Interests

  • Counselor Education Research Application: Innovative Learning
  • Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue: Caring for Aging Populations
  • Examining Domestic and International Marital Values and Satisfaction
  • Student Mental Health Awareness Baseline Survey

Recent Publications & Presentations

  • Thorson-Olesen, S. J. (2012). Marital values and satisfaction: Considerations for domestic and international couples. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest database.
  • Presenter at the Wisconsin Counseling Association Annual Conference. (2013). Compassionate conversations to promote quality of life. Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Presenter at the Wisconsin Counseling Association Annual Conference. (2013). Resiliency care package. Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Presenter at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. (2015). The art of teaching psychology and managing student mental health. St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Presenter at the International Convention of Psychological Science. (2015). Domestic and international marital values and satisfaction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Presenter at the American Psychological Association National Convention. (2015). Caring for aging populations: Compassion fatigue and satisfaction. Toronto, Canada.
  • Presenter at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. (2015). Helping learners move from apprehension to action: Counselor education and research. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 171: General Psychology
  • PSYC 220: Lifespan Development
  • PSYC 270: Interviewing and the Helping Relations
  • PSYC 422: Theories of Counseling
  • PSYC 481: Psychology Practicum
  • PSYC 499: Psychology Capstone
  • COUN 520: Multicultural Counseling
  • COUN 530: Lifespan Counseling
  • COUN 630: Mental Health Leadership, Consultation & Advocacy
  • COUN 660: Research Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice
  • COUN 699: Action Research Project

Professional Accomplishments

  • Awarded the 2015-2016 Research Fellowship for the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
  • Elected to the Executive Board for the Wisconsin Counseling Association: 2014-Current