Kevin Feisthamel, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Kevin Feisthamel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, master’s degree from John Carroll University and doctoral degree from the University of Akron. Dr. Feisthamel completed his clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry/Psychology at The Cleveland Clinic with rotations in health psychology, alcohol and drug recovery and consultation liaison psychiatry, then worked in the Department of Neurology/Neuropsychology. Dr. Feisthamel is currently the Director of the Health and Counseling Center at a private liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Feisthamel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (LPCC-S) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with over ten years of clinical experience working with college students, adults, teenagers, couples and families. In 2017, Dr. Feisthamel was awarded the “Outstanding Research Award” by the Ohio Counseling Association for his research publications and national presentations around racial disparities and DSM diagnoses. In addition, Dr. Feisthamel was awarded the “Outstanding Practitioner Award” in 2014 by the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at the University of Akron for his accomplishments as a clinician, counselor educator and a supervisor.

Dr. Feisthamel has taught at online and on-campus universities for over ten years. In particular, Dr. Feisthamel has held adjunct teaching positions at the University of Akron, John Carroll University and Northeast Ohio’s Medical University. Dr. Feisthamel has twenty-five publications, four funded grants and over one-hundred presentations at the international, national, state and local levels. Dr. Feisthamel’s passion is to make his classes fun and enjoyable for all his students by providing real-life clinical examples to assist the learning process. He enjoys watching sporting events, spending time with his family and traveling.


  • Schwartz, R.C., Feisthamel, K.P. & Smith, S. (2015). Differences in clinician anxiety and bipolar disorder diagnoses according to client race. American Journal of Social Science Research, 1, 52-56.
  • Feisthamel, K.P. (2014). The art of being mindful. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 1, 1-12.
  • Schwartz, R.C., Feisthamel, K.P. (2014). Patient psychosocial predictors of higher caregiver expressed emotion in schizophrenia. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, 3, 1-26.
  • Feisthamel, K.P. (2013). Are personality disorders on the rise? Counseling Today, 56, (5), 37-39. [Non-peer-reviewed publication]
  • Feisthamel, K.P., & Price C. (2012). Understanding bipolar disorder: Psychosocial treatment methods for the psychotherapist. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, 15, 28-33.
  • Burkholder, D., Toth, M., Feisthamel, K. P. & Britton, P. (2010). Faculty and Student Curricular Experiences of Nonerotic Touch in Counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 32, 168-185.
  • Feisthamel, K.P., & Schwartz, R.C. (2009). Differences in professional counselors’ diagnoses based to client race: An investigation of adjustment, substance-related, and childhood disorders. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 47-59.
  • Schwartz, R.C., & Feisthamel, K.P. (2009). Disproportionate diagnosis of mental disorders among African American versus-Euro-American clients: Implications for counseling theory, research and practice. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 295-301.