Cynthia J. Osborn is Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University in Ohio, where she is coordinator of the addictions counseling certificate program. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University in 1996 after serving in pastoral ministry for several years. She practiced counseling part-time and then full-time at an addictions treatment facility in Southeast Ohio, serving persons with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders). She is licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor, with supervisory endorsement (LPCC-S), and as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC). She is co-editor of one book and co-author of three other books, including the 5th edition of Introduction to Addictive Behaviors (published by Guilford Press in 2019), and the 7th edition of Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers (published in 2017 by Cengage Learning). She has published over 32 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 book chapters, and has co-produced five series of training videos for Cengage Learning (all filmed and edited at KSU TeleProductions). Areas of research and teaching include addictive behaviors (views and models of addiction, counseling practices), case conceptualization and treatment planning, motivational interviewing, and counselor supervision. Cynthia has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2002, and facilitates an MI Learning Community at KSU. She and has served in a variety of leadership capacities in the counseling profession, including president of the Ohio Counseling Association and president of Chi Sigma Iota, the international professional and academic counseling honor society.
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio University, Master's of Divinity, Theology/ Pastoral Ministry, United Theological Seminary, B.A. Psychology and Religion, Otterbein College
evidence-based practices in addictions counseling, including motivational interviewing; theories/models of addiction; solution-focused counseling; counselor supervision models and practices
Qualitative (e.g., interpretative phenomenological analysis or IPA) and Quantitative methods
Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ohio University’s Counselor Education program, 2006