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Kristopher M. Goodrich, PhD

Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences

Professor and Regent’s Lecturer (2017-2020): Counselor Education

TEC, 3rd floor
505 277-2231

Dr. Goodrich is originally from Syracuse, NY. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He then earned a masters' in Student Affairs Counseling, and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP accredited) from Syracuse University.

Dr. Goodrich came to UNM to become an Assistant Professor in 2010. His research explores the experiences of LGBTQI+ persons, and how we can train counselors to more effectively work with the LGBTQI+ populations.

Mental health is an area that is a profound need in the state, which struggles with higher than average adverse childhood experiences (ACE's), substance abuse, and other mental health concerns. The students we train do much to respond to this very important need in the state, and those students overwhelmingly come from different communities in the state and return home. That is important, because it is much easier to engage in counseling with someone who looks like you, talks like you, and better understands your experience.

Since moving here in 2010, Dr. Goodrich has fallen in love with New Mexico, the weather, the geography, the environment, and the people. He can't imagine living anywhere else. “There is an amazing culture here, along with amazing food, which makes the experience all the more worthwhile.”

Speaking of food, he prefers red chile, unless he is eating a breakfast burrito or chicken enchilada from El Patio. Dr. Goodrich enjoys spending his personal time reading, swimming, yoga, and hiking.

Research & Scholarly Interests

  • LGBTQQIA Issues in Professional Counseling and Counselor Education
  • Counselor Education Pedagogy
  • Group Work in Counseling


  • COUN 510: Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • COUN 514: Supervision of Counseling Services
  • COUN 518: Group Counseling
  • COUN 521: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 522: Communication Skills
  • COUN 581: Sexuality in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • COUN 584: Multicultural Issues in the Helping Professions