Jessie Koltz

Assistant Professor | Director - M.Ed. in School Counseling Program

Jessie Koltz

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Office Location: EDUC 471
Phone: 435-797-1250
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Nationally Certified Counselor, Nationally Certified School Counselor, and Licensed School Counselor


I have been a school counselor for the past 8 years in various settings and will be the new program director of the professional school counseling program for the fall 2021 semester. My research interests include supporting at-risk and minority youth populations with adventure-based counseling and involvement in sports and the relation to mental health, technology-based interventions and access for youth education and learning with mental health support, and stigma as a barrier to change for at-risk, minority, and student-athlete youth populations. I serve as the director of social emotional academic development (SEAD) champions for the Nevada Department of Education and as the president and CEO of Mindful Health Initiative. I love the outdoors and have supported adventure-based counseling experiences with the nonprofit Mindful Health Initiative in the greater Reno area over the past 3 years. I recently earned my PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno in Counselor Education and Supervision. I graduated from Penn State with an M.Ed. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2013 and earned my undergraduate degree from SUNY Buffalo in Psychology and Early Childhood Education in 2011 while competing as a D1 swimmer. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Experiential Education, Chi Sigma Iota International, and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.