Touro College’s School of Health Sciences Names New Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director

Distinguished Educational Leader, Published Researcher and Author to Enhance Mental Health Training on Campus

Date: June 24, 2019
Dr. Kimberly Asner-Self
Dr. Kimberly Asner-Self
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New York, NY--Dr. Kimberly Asner-Self was appointed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director at Touro College’s School of Health Sciences in Manhattan, Dean Louis Primavera announced today.

Most recently, she served as Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale at the College of Education and Human Services for nearly 20 years. In her new role beginning July 1st, Dr. Asner-Self will be responsible for leading the Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. program, assisting in the recruitment of students, teaching graduate classes, conducting research published in scholarly journals, and supervising students in field placements.

“I welcome Dr. Asner-Self to Touro and the Department of Behavioral Science and we know she will continue to enhance the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  We value her professional background and expertise and look forward to her working with the faculty and staff at the School of Health Sciences,” said Dean Primavera.

Dr. Asner-Self earned her doctorate from The George Washington University (GWU) in 1999, and is currently licensed in the state of Illinois (LCPC). She was the recipient of the 2008 Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award (North Central ACES) and has mentored numerous junior faculty in areas including counselor education, curriculum and instruction, and higher education and administration at SIU. She has written 16 peer-reviewed journal articles appearing in national and international journals as well as four book chapters.

“I would like to see our Touro professionals continuously engage in critical training to enhance their skill sets, present key research presentations at both state and national conferences, and participate in service projects in underserved areas. I would like to also enhance scholarships offered to people who are from and dedicated to returning to their communities to provide vital mental health services,” said Dr. Asner-Self.

Dr. Asner-Self’s research focuses on the intersection of cross-cultural work, group counseling, and trauma, and she co-authored the text book, “Educational Research: The Interrelationship of Questions, Sampling, Design and Analysis.”


About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,200 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: