Dr. Katherine Helm-Lewis

Professor, Director of Graduate Program, Psychology

Dr. Katherine Helm’s book, Hooking Up: The Psychology of Sex and Dating (The Psychology of Everyday Life), is set for release next month.  This book is an engaging and comprehensive resource for high school and college students on modern topics in human sexuality, covering subjects such as gender roles and dating to sexual orientation and sex itself.  The text explores what does the “script” of modern dating look like, and what roles do sex and cultural norms play?

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2001
M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1998
B.S., University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Celebration of Scholarship:
Children of Alcoholics
Graduate Student Project in Social Sciences

The Use of Interpersonal Therapy to Help Transgender Clients Experiencing Suicidal Ideations
Graduate Student Project in Math & Science


Helm, K., Duris, K., Brown, L., Petkus, E., & Oliver, K. (2018, November). The disordered couple. (2ndedition). Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Presented at the annual conference of theIllinois Counseling Association, Itasca, IL.

Duris, K. & Helm, K. (2015, March). Providing clinical supervision through a developmental model. Presentation at the Illinois Counseling Association’s 5th Annual Southern Conference, Collinsville, IL.

Lewis, A. & Helm, K. (2015). Social networking and support: No, I don’t know how to play golf. Black faculty in the academy: Narratives for negotiating identity and achieving career success. Bonner, F. Marbley, A., Tuitt, Fr., Robinson, P., Banda, R., and Hughes, R. (Eds.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Scholarly Publications:

Served as the Expert Therapist for a Five DVD Therapy Videos from specific Theoretical Perspectives.Conducted 6 and de-briefed 6 role plays on techniques of Psychodynamic Therapy. Was interviewed by host Matt Engalr-Carlson as the expert in this area.

Served as the Expert Interviewer for the American Psychological Association (APA). Systems of Psychotherapy Video Series with Psychotherapist Malin Fors on The Dynamics of Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy.

Helm, K. & Sperry, L. (2019). Introduction: The changing landscape of couple therapy in the 21st century In K.Helm & L. Sperry (Eds.), The disordered couple,2nd ed. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Helm, K. (2019). Issues and treatment considerations in couple therapy today In K.Helm & L. Sperry (Eds.), The disordered couple,2nd ed. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Sperry, L. Helm, K. & Carlson, J. (2019).The disordered couple. (2nd edition). Abingdon, England: Routledge.


Oliver, K. & Helm, K. Co-editors of the Journal of Counseling in Illinois (2016-present).

Editorial board for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and, Couples Counseling. Carlson, J. and Dermer, S., Eds. Videotaped therapy talks and counseling sessions for Alexander Street Press, intended for master’s and doctoral level trainees.

Exceptional Service:
Manuscript Reviewer, The Journal of Genetic Psychology

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