70 Alumnae Dr.
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M. Ed. Wake Forest University
B.A. James Madison University
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed School Counselor
JMU School Counseling Program Director
Mindfulness Consultant and Facilitator for Schools and Organizations
Mosier Fellowship at James Madison University
Meritorious Service Award from ASERVIC (Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of ACA)
Wake Forest University Counseling Program Distinguished Alumni Award
Biggs-Pine Award for contribution to the Counseling & Values professional journal
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
My research interests include counseling and mindfulness, diverse expressions of spirituality, child well-being, and integrative wellness.
Selected publications include:
Kielty, M. L. & Banner, A. (2018). Feminist spirituality in Cashwell, C., &Young, S. (Eds.). Spiritual and
Religious Values in Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice, 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA: ACA.
Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D., & Staton, A. R. (2017). Cultivating spiritual strength of children and adolescents through contemplative practices in K-12 school settings. Journal of Children and Adolescents, 1-11.
Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Staton, A. R. (2017) . Whole school approaches to incorporating mindfulness based interventions: Supporting the capacity for optimal functioning in school settings. Childhood Education, 93(2), 128-135.
Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Staton, A. R. (2017). Cultivating mindfulness with third grade students via classroom-based interventions. Contemporary School Psychology, 1-6.
Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D. & Nafziger, S. (in process). The relationship between classroom-based mindfulness interventions and teacher burnout in K-12 education.
Strunk, J. Kipps-Vaughan, D., Pavelko, S., Allen-Bronough, D., Myers. K., Gilligan, T.,
Richardson, E., Kielty, M. L., & Tacy, J. (accepted manuscript) Education for pre-service school-based professionals: Faculty and student collaboration. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders
Kielty, M. L. (2015). Motherhood and spirituality, in Robert, T., &, Kelly, V. A. (Eds.). Critical Incidents in Integrating Spirituality into Counseling. Alexandria, VA: ACA.
Kielty, M. L. (2014). Mindful acceptance as a path to growth as a teacher, in Aleman, C., Beverly, C., Brantmeier, E., & Cancienne, M. (Eds.). What Sustains Us: A Celebration of Teaching and Teachers, JMU College of Education Project