Karen Miranda

Associate Professor

Department Counseling Programs

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

    About

    Karen Miranda, PsyD, LMHC joined Regis College’s School of Health Sciences faculty in August 2017. She is an associate professor and director for the graduate counseling programs. Dr. Miranda is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and she leads the Gender and Mental Health Disparities Research Lab at Regis.

    Dr. Miranda’s research and clinical experience are strongly aligned with Regis’s shared value of serving the dear neighbor without distinction, and her approach is naturally compatible with the intersectional feminism, anti-racist, and social justice-informed approaches on which the Graduate Counseling Programs Mission was founded. Her theoretical framework for treatment and supervision draws from Feminist Theory, Object Relations, and Mindfulness-based approaches. Whether working to de-stigmatize and reduce the over-pathologizing of consumers of mental health services, creating inclusive treatment for people of gender and intersectional identities, or counseling inmates, sexual assault victims, and persons with disabilities, Dr. Miranda’s life work is rooted in mentoring the helpers of tomorrow to provide inclusive care in clinical mental health treatment.

    Education

    PsyD, Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford, 2005

    MA, Clinical Practices, University of Hartford, 2003

    MA, Psychology, Wesleyan University, 1995

    BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University, 1994

    Miranda, K.A. (in preparation). Psychosocial stressors without a prompt: The elimination of Axis IV.

    Best, C.T., Mathur, G., Miranda, K.A., and Lillo-Martin, D. (2010). Effects of sign language experience on categorical perception of dynamic ASL pseudosigns. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 72 (3), 747-762.

    Miranda, K.A. (2006). Breathing for wellness. Audio CD. Celley Productions.

    Miranda, K.A. (2005). Supervisors’ influence over clinicians’ prejudicial biases: Implications and points of intervention. Doctoral dissertation.

    Miranda, K.A., and Hanson, J.M. (2004). Parents breaking cycles: A dialectical approach. Stage II DBT Training Manual.

    Miranda, K.A. (2003). Gender influences diagnosis. Masters qualifying theoretical essay.

    Miranda, K.A. (1995). Locus of control, chronic self-destructiveness and adolescent behavior. Masters thesis.

    Miranda, K.A., Henze, K.T., and Jones, B.C. (2022, January). The Program Mission. Workshop at Spring Faculty Development Day, Regis College, Weston, MA.

    *Belmonte, K. A., Miranda, K.A., and *Zarzana, S. A. (2018, March). Who’s to blame? A gendered look at clinicians’ perspectives. Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    *Boissonnault, L.E., *Haggerty, R., *Storey, S., and Miranda, K.A. (2018, March). The default of the white, heterosexual, cisgender male. Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    *Frederick, G., Miranda, K.A., and *Petterson, K. (2018, March). Geography and ideological influence over gender diversity training for mental health professionals. Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    *Zarzana, S.A., *Yarpah, N., and Miranda, K.A. (2018, March). Intersectionality and clinical bias, identifying the blindspots. Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    Miranda, K.A., *Zarzana, S. A., *Belmonte, K.A., *Boissonnault, L.E., and *Petterson, K. R. (2017, May). Gender variance: Are mental health professionals prepared? Poster Presentation at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, Boston, MA.

    Miranda, K.A., *Belmonte, K.A., *Boissonnault, L.E., *Petterson, K. R., and *Zarzana, S. A. (2017, April). Therapeutic bias across demographic and gender dimensions. Fenway Psychology Research Conference, Boston, MA.

    Miranda, K.A., *Belmonte, K.A., *Boissonnault, L.E., *Owen, K.E., *Petterson, K. R., *Zarzana, S. A., and *Zingg, E. (2017, March). Therapeutic bias and the mystery of the lost training outcome. Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

    Miranda, K.A. (2016, April). Gender identity. Panelist for OUTspoken Soup and Spirit event. Emmanuel College.

    Miranda, K.A. (2016, January). Expressive arts for healing and building community. Midwinter Meeting, APA Division 25, New Orleans, LA.

    *O’Hara, K., Miranda, K.A., and Foels, R. (2014, March). Red state, blue state: Can we talk about gender? Poster Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

    Miranda, K.A. (2013, October). The psychology of women, gender disparities, and feminism: Integrated projects. Faculty Development Showcase, Newbury College.

    Miranda, K.A. (2013, August). Matters of gender: Gender, diagnosis, and the DSM-5. Clinician Training, Riverside Community Care.

    * denotes student co-presenter