Dr. Juntunen is an Associate Professor, Training Co-Director for the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Development.
I have been a member of the UND faculty since 1994 and am currently Professor and Training Director of the PhD program in Counseling Psychology, as well as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Development.
My research interests focus on 1) vocational psychology and its relevance for marginalized and under-served groups; and 2) rural mental health initiatives, including suicide prevention. I've recently begun to explore the implications of poverty on psychological well-being, including vocational aspirations. I am also very interested in mentoring students as they develop their own research interests, and particularly have interests in working with students on research projects related to 1) supervision and training; 2) eating disorders and body image, and 3) scale development. My primary teaching interests include supervision theory/technique, ethics, professional development, and vocational psychology, as well as regularly supervising the clinical work of students. In addition, I like to occasionally offer "fun" 1-credit courses such as "Psychotherapy in Film," or courses that accompany offerings of our Department of Theater, such as a recent seminar on the play "Equus," just as a reminder of how psychology is integrate in interesting ways throughout our cultural context.
In addition to work at UND, I am deeply committed to counseling psychology training issues in general. As Chair-elect of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (2007-08) and a member of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils, I am privileged to be involved in current conversations about changes in professional psychology that impact all of us. I am also one of the advisors of the current Host Chapter of the Student Affiliates of Seventeen, the leadership organization of counseling psychology doctoral students, housed here at UND (2007-2010). I received the PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, at Santa Barbara (1994), the Master of Arts in Pre-Counseling Psychology from Ball State University (1989), and the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Dakota (1987). I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Rachel L. Navarro, Ph.D., Key Faculty Contributor
Dr. Navarro is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services at the University of North Dakota (UND). She is the Co-Director of Training for the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral program, while still teaching across both the doctoral and counseling masters programs. Dr. Navarro's interest in Integrated Health Care and Rural Psychology stems from her own experiencing growing up in Mound, Minnesota—a small town on the last bays of Lake Minnetonka and the former home of the Tonka Truck.
As a Key Faculty Contributor on the RPIC grant, Dr. Navarro's primarily responsibility is to supervise student-led reading and research teams. Currently, she is guiding the work of the Stigma Reduction Reading and Research team who is comparing the influence of cultural values and behaviors on mental health stigma, attitudes toward and intentions to seeking professional psychological help across rural, suburban, and urban areas.Prior to her employment at UND, Dr. Navarro worked as the internal evaluator for another HRSA GPE grant at New Mexico State University—Behavioral Health Psychology Training on the US-Mexico Border.
Along with her work on the RPIC grant, Dr. Navarro is a co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant, Persistence in Engineering Academic Majors and Entry-Level Engineering Jobs: A Comparison of White and Latino/a Men and Women, working in collaborating with Dr. Lisa Y Flores(University of Missouri) and Drs. Ricardo Jacquez, Martha Mitchell, and Sonya Cooper (New Mexico State University). She also works as a Psychology Resident at the Family Institute, PC where she provides clinical services for urban and rural clients from North Dakota and Minnesota.
Christine Boulton-Olson, PhD, Co-Project Director
Christine is the primary clinical supervisor of RPIC trainees completing their practicum and internship placements at the rural training sites. She travels each week to provide on-site supervision with the trainees. Christine takes on an organizational role with each of RPIC's mental health awareness projects. Boulton-Olson developed two courses related to the goals of RPIC: (1) Integrated Health Care (taught each Summer), and (2) Rural Psychology (taught each Spring).
Boulton-Olson also works in a private practice setting serving a wide range of clientele with a wide variety of presenting concerns. She sees firsthand the need for services located in more remote and rural areas, as many of her patients travel upwards of thirty miles for mental health services. Her work is nested within the Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency where family practice residents complete their training and where the referrals between medical doctors and psychologists are plentiful and necessary and a welcomed asset on both ends. Further, much of the training, professional development opportunities, ethics consultation, and behavioral science talks are done in a collaborative manner with nurses, psychologists, medical doctors, and medical residents both attending the seminars and preparing presentations.
Boulton-Olson's Independent Study and Dissertation were both related to rural mental health service, needs, and training issues related to rural practice. Her Independent Study sought to understand what factors impact rural male farmers in seeking counseling services. This was completed in a qualititative fashion with 12 interviews with rural farmers. Her dissertation sought to decipher the most critical factors for training in rural psychology through dialogue with rural experts in mental health fields across theUnited StatesandCanadavia the Delphi Method. As a person and psychologist, Christine has always intended to be a part of a program such as RPIC. She is invested in serving the underserved and is exciting about mentoring others with the same intention.