Robin DuFresne


Robin Dufresne, PH.D., LPCC, NCC, ACS

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-7282
Address: 419 Education

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Toledo, 2016
M.A. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Toledo, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, Knox College, 1999

Brief Biography
Prior to joining the faculty at BGSU, Dr. DuFresne worked as a licensed professional counselor at a community mental health clinic and in a residential setting with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities in Ohio. Her specialty areas are working with individuals who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, particularly individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. DuFresne volunteers in the local community on a committee that plans a walk to raise money to support the families of victims of domestic homicide.

Dr. DuFresne is the president-elect of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES) and a member of the Ohio Counseling Associations (OCA) professional development committee.  She is also an active member of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the American Counseling Association (ACA), the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

Research Interests
Dr. DuFresne’s research interests are in the area of end-of-life counseling and rational suicide, counselor preparation, and use of social media by counselors, supervisors and counselor educators.

Favorite Courses to Teach
Mental and Emotional Disorders
Counseling Practicum
Counseling Internship
Crisis Counseling

Laux, J. M, DuFresne, R.M., Dari, T., & Juhnke, G. (2017). Substance Use Assessment Instruments: 13 Years Later. The Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling.

Whisenhunt, J., DuFresne, R., Zoldan, C. A., Rovnak, A. Stargell, N. A., & Kress, V. E. (2017).Supporting Counselors after a Client Suicide: Creative Supervision Techniques. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2017.1281184.

Laux, J. M., DuFresne, R.M., Arnekrans, A. K., Lindinger-Sternart, S., Roseman, C. P., Wertenberger, A., Calmes, S., Love, D. W., Burck, A.M., & Schultz, J. (2016). Assessing the Accuracy of the Substance Abuse Assessment Subtle Screening Inventory – 3 Using DSM-5 Criteria. The Professional Counselor. 6, 121-133. doi:10.15241/jl.6.2.121

DuFresne, R., Haar, J.I., Intagliata, A., & Rybarczyk, N. (2013). The Case of Liam: Ethical Counseling of Minors. VISTAS. Retrieved from

Manuscripts in Progress
Rose, J.S., DuFresne, R.M., Arnekrans, A.K., & Neyland-Brown, L. (under review) The Ethics of Social Media in Counselor Education.

DuFresne, R.M., Baltrinic, E.R., Roseman, C.P., Laux, J.M., & Reynolds, J. (under review).  Counselors' Perceived Competence for Addressing Rational Suicide.

Arnekrans, A.K., DuFresne, R.M., Hennig, J., & Keene, B.R. Online Education in Counselor Education Programs: Student & Educator Perceptions of Effectiveness.

Neyland-Brown, L., & DuFresne, R.M. Factors That Impact Supervisor Effectiveness: What Should be Included When Evaluating Site Supervisor?