Karissa Spurgeon, PsyD, LMHC | Springfield College

Karissa Spurgeon, PsyD, LMHC

Karissa Spurgeon, PsyD, LMHC

Assistant Professor
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  • Doctor of Psychology, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass, 2019

Karissa Spurgeon, PsyD, LMHC, is a professor in the Springfield College Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a licensed mental health counselor in the western Massachusetts area for more than 10 years. Her area of expertise is working with adolescents and adults who are survivors of complex and developmental trauma. She has had formal training in the following modalities: TFCBT, DBT, SFBT, and EMDR. She is also an independent consultant for the court systems as a trauma expert.

Research Interests
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Complex Trauma
  • Cross Cultural Trauma Counseling
Courses Taught
  • Human Lifespan and Development
  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling
  • Psychopathology: Diagnostic and Treatment
  • Clinical Seminar: Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship
Certifications and Memberships
  • American Counseling Association
  • Society for Personality Assessment
  • Association for Women in Psychology

Selected Works


  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2022): Complex Trauma and Testing: Putting Results in Context
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association (2021): Trauma in Testing: Accounting for Trauma and Marginalization in Testing
  • Society for Personality Testing (2021): Bridging the Gap Between Results and Real Life: Making Just Meaning of the Assessment Results of Complex Trauma Survivors
  • The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (2021). Trauma in Testing: Accounting for Trauma and Marginalization in Psychological Evaluations.