Kimberly Melton Lechner is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at GSU. Dr. Lechner completed her B.S. degree in psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign where she engaged in research with respect to neuropsychology and neuropharmacology. Dr. Lechner went on to pursue a M.A. degree in school psychology at Governors State University as well as an educational leadership/school administration program at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Lechner worked as a school psychologist for many years and later as a student services and special education administrator. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor and completed a Ph.D. program in counselor education and supervision at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Lechner’s dissertation research focused on implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) standards in high school settings. She co-led SEL initiatives in two school districts and continues to engage in consulting work and parent education around SEL. Dr. Lechner’s current research interest is with respect to (a) school counselors' role in SEL implementation and (b) embedding SEL into content area curricula. Additionally, Dr. Lechner has a special interest in supporting the social and emotional needs of families of children with complex medical needs and other disabilities. Dr. Lechner is actively engaged in service and advocacy on behalf of children with special needs both locally and nationally. She serves as a one to one mentor for parents of children with pediatric feeding disorders through an organization called Feeding Matters. She volunteers through her local school district and is also a member of the Family Advisory Board for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Lechner lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Mike, and their four-year-old daughter, Evelyn.
Lechner, K. M. (2017). Implementing social and emotional learning standards in a high school setting: A case study (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (No. 10254797)
Carlson, J., Snow, K., & Melton, K. (2004). Family Treatment of Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder. In M. M. MacFarlane (Ed.), Family treatment of personality disorders: Advances in clinical practice, (pp. 241-272). New York: Haworth Press.
Sperry, L., Carlson, J., Kjos, D., & Melton, K. (2003). Becoming an effective therapist: Student handbook, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Wilson, S. G., Smith, S. B., Chesler, E. J., Melton, K. A., Haas, J. J., Mitton, B., Strasburg, K. J., Hubert, L., Rodriguez-Zas, S. L., & Mogil, J. S. (2003). The heritability of antinociception: Common pharmacogenetic mediation of five neurochemically distinct analgesics. Journal of Experimental Therapeutics, 304, 547-559.
Carlson, J., Kjos, D., Snow, K., & Melton, K. (2002). Theories and Strategies of Family Therapy: Student Handbook. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Wilson, S. G., Mitton, B. A., Haas, J. J., Melton, K. A., & Mogil, J. S. (2000). The heritability of pain inhibition: Pharmacogenetic mediation of multiple analgesic modalities. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26:2189.
Wilson, S. G., Melton, K. A., Wickesburg, R. E., & Mogil, J. S. (1999). Strain dependent antinociception from the cannabinoid receptor agonist, WIN 55, 212-2. Society of Neuroscience Abstracts, 25:924.