Douglas Knutson | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Douglas Knutson

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Douglas Knutson

Office: Life Science II 275B
Phone: (618) 453-3559

Dr. Knutson (he/him) conducts research investigating health and resiliency among transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and gay identified populations. He is also involved in microaffirmation and gender diversity research in partnership a counseling psychology lab at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. This partnership allows him to focus on rural, gender diverse populations at multiple locations in the U.S.  Some past projects in which he has been involved include: a rural community quality of life study, an experimental investigation of health promotion among African American women in Historically Black Churches, and studies of gender identity and health among drag performers.

In addition to scholarship, Douglas invests time in national and local service. He is the communications chair on the executive committee for the American Psychological Association Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology Section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and a member of the Society of Counseling Psychology SCP Connect writing team. He is also an advisory board member for Diversity Center in Oklahoma City and he assists with planning an annual research symposium in Oklahoma.

Douglas holds a Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology and he worked as a chaplain in clinical settings for two years, earning 8 Clinical Pastoral Education credits through the ACPE program at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Given his diverse educational history, Douglas is highly collaborative and implements both qualitative and quantitative research methods in an effort to further social justice and inclusion locally and globally.

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Representative Publications:

Knutson, D., Koch, J. M., Arthur, T., Mitchell, T. A., & Martyr, M. A. (2017). “Trans broken arm”: Health care stories from transgender people in rural areas. Journal of Research on Women and Gender.

Koch, J., & Knutson, D. (2016). Transgender clients in rural areas and small towns. Journal of Rural Mental Health. Advance online publication.

Story, C. R., Knutson, D., Kao, W. K., Stuck, A., Schefler, R., Pratt, K., Croff, J. M., & Miller, B. M. (2016). Health related quality of life and social support: A rural Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships feasibility study. American Journal of Health Studies, 31(1), 42-49.

Knutson, D., & Koch, J. M. (2018). Person-centered therapy as applied to work with transgender and gender- diverse clients. Journal of Humanistic Psychotherapy. doi:10.1177/0022167818791082