Mount Mercy names MSN program director and MFT clinical director

Mount Mercy University has named Kathryn Dolter, Ph.D., program director for the Master of Arts in Nursing graduate program. Jacob Christenson, Ph.D., has been named the clinical director of Mount Mercy's Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Kathryn DolterAs Mount Mercy's first program director for the newly launched Master of Science in Nursing program, Dolter will direct and teach a wide-variety of courses in the evening MSN program, designed for working adult nurses in an accelerated format. Her responsibilities will include teaching courses at the graduate level, recruiting students, overseeing administration of the program, advising, scholarship and service.

Dolter holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, San Francisco, a Master of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Dr. Dolter's previous educational experience includes both academic, regulatory, and hospital education positions at varying levels. She held the position of associate professor and department head of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the University of Dubuque, where she led the design, development, and implementation of that program from initiation through approval and accreditation (2004-2009). Dolter is also a retired Army Nurse Corps officer (1979-2002) where she held varying and increasing leadership positions.

Jacob ChristensonAs the clinical director for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program, Christenson will teach a wide-variety of courses in the master's level counseling program. His responsibilities will include teaching courses at the graduate level, recruiting, overseeing the administration of the program, advising, orchestrating internship placements and participating in scholarship and service.

Christenson holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from California Polytechnic State University, graduating with magna cum laude honors.

He is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Christenson has also had his research published in The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, American Journal of Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, and Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 

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