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
  • Latinx Mental Health, Bilingual Counselor Preparation and Service Accessibility

Career highlights

  • 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

  • Hinchey, K. (2019). Social Comparison: An Unexplored Factor in Counselor Education (unpublished dissertation). William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Moore, M., Mullen, P.R., Hinchey, K.J., & Lambie, G.W. (Under Review). Differential item functioning study of Counselor Competency Scale-Revised scores
  • Mullen, P.R., Niles, J., Hinchey, K., Leger, R. & Dorais, S. (Under Review). School counselors’ career-sustaining behavior preference. Journal of Professional Counseling.


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 and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition to her seven years of experience in the counseling field, Hinchey conducts research on family therapy, counselor development and social justice. She served as the student director of the Flanagan Counselor Education Clinic at William & Mary and as the 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 Latinx individuals seeking asylum in the Williamsburg area. Her research interests include social comparison, family counselor development, supporting Latinx clients and counselors, and scale development.

Curriculum Vitae