College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Kristin Meany-Walen

School of Applied Human Sciences
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Counseling


BA Psychology/Sociology Upper Iowa University; MA Mental Health Counseling, UNI; Ph.D. Counseling, specializing in Play Therapy, University of North Texas

Research Interests

Dr. Meany-Walen’s major areas of research are effectiveness of play-based interventions for children including individual counseling, group counseling, teacher training, and parent training. She is also interested in counselor development and supervision. 


Dr. Meany-Walen has held a variety of professional counseling positions including, working as a substance abuse counselor, counselor at a center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, school-based counselor, school counselor, counselor at community agencies, and contracted counselor at a residential home for foster children. Most of her work is with children and adolescents using play therapy and expressive arts techniques. She has also done parent and teacher training.


LAT 235 0332


(319) 273-2814