Kaitlin J. Hinchey, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Kaitlin J. Hinchey, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, William & Mary
  • M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy, William & Mary
  • B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies, William & Mary

Research interests

  • Social Comparison, Comparison Orientation, and Student Self-Efficacy
  • Family Counseling, MFT Development and Family Therapy Conceptualization
  • Latine Mental Health, Bilingual Counselor Preparation and Service Accessibility

Career highlights

  • VCU Ruch Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fall 2022
  • Virginia Counselors Association Foundation Pete Warren Student Fellow, 2021
  • Flanagan Counselor Center Student Director, 2020
  • Department of Juvenile Justice Grant Recipient: Functional Family Therapy, 2017

Recent publications/projects

  • Meadowes, M. & Hinchey, K. (2024) Don’t Say Gay: Preparing School Counselors to Support LGBTQ+ Students in Unsafe School Environments. Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling. 
  • Mullen P. R., Joseph, J., Hinchey, K., Walker, M., & Niles, J. (2023) Assessment of Professional Counseling Dispositions: A Content Validity Analysis. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling.
  • Mullen, P. R., Niles, J. K., Hinchey, K., Leger, R., & Dorais, S. (2023). An examination of school counselors’ career-sustaining behaviors and its relationship to burnout and job Satisfaction. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research, 50(1), 18-32. https://doi.org/10.1080/15566382.2023.2180612
  • Moore, M., Mullen, P.R., Hinchey, K. J., & Lambie, G. W. (2022). Differential item functioning study of Counselor Competency Scale-Revised scores, Counselor Education and Supervision, 00, 1-16. 
  • Hinchey, K. (2019). Social Comparison: An Unexplored Factor in Counselor Education (unpublished dissertation). William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.


Dr. Kaitlin Hinchey is an assistant professor of counselor education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Hinchey received her M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from William & Mary. She holds her LPC and LMFT in Virginia. In addition to her eight years of experience in the counseling field, Hinchey conducts research on family therapy, counselor development and equity in counseling access. She served as the student director of the Flanagan Counselor Education Clinic at William & Mary and as a program director, supervisor and clinician for Functional Family Therapy in the Richmond metro area. She was also a founding member of a lawyer/clinician partnership to provide mental health services to Latine individuals seeking asylum in the Williamsburg area. Her research interests include social comparison, family counselor development, diminishing barriers to counseling services, and scale development.

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