Douglas Knutson | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



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. His primary research focus is on transgender and non-binary affirming interventions for rural individuals. His study titled, “International Associations between Location and Health in Minority Populations” was selected for the 2019 – 2020 International Honor Society in Psychology NICE: CROWD project.

Douglas holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a Master’s of Education in Applied Behavioral Studies with Professional Counseling from Oklahoma City University, and a Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology. Among other jobs, Douglas 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.

Representative Publications:

Knutson, D., Flynn, K. C., Koch, J. M., & Paralkar, U. P. (In press). Geographic distributions of drag performers relative to urban centers: Possible implications for health. Journal of Homosexuality.

Knutson, D., Chwalisz, K., Becerra, M., Christie, M., Coleman, M. E., Couch, C., & Perinchery, R. (In press). Student development in the context of a beginning level social justice practicum. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Knutson, D., Koch, J. M., Sneed, J., Lee, A., & Chung, M. (2019). An exploration of gender from the perspective of cisgender male drag queens. Journal of Gender Studies.

Knutson, D., & Goldbach, C. (2019). Transgender and non-binary affirmative approaches applied to psychological practice with boys and men. In K. Barber, T. Bridges, & J. D. Nelson (Eds.). Mitigating the harms of masculinity: A symposium on the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. Men and Masculinities.

Knutson, D., Koch, J. M., & Goldbach, C. (2019). Recommended terminology, pronouns, and documentation for work with transgender and non-binary populations. Practice Innovations.