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Juleen Buser

Faculty & Staff / Juleen Buser

Associate Professor and Director, School Counseling and Coaching Programs

Department Name 
Graduate Education
Office Location 
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218-E
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville NJ 08648
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Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Research Interests and Professional Background

My research agenda focuses on coping strategies—specifically the maladaptive coping strategies of eating disorder symptomatology and self-injury.

I served as President of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), a position that aligned with my research interest in process addictions (e.g., eating disorder symptomatology). I am also a certified school counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a licensed professional counselor, an approved clinical supervisor, and a board certified coach. My counseling experience includes private practice and college counseling.

Selected Publications

  • Buser, J. K., Buser, T. J., & Pertuit, T. L. (in press). Nonsuicidal self-injury and attachment to God or a Higher Power. Counseling and Values.
  • Buser, J. K., & McLaughlin, R. P. (in press). Narrative analysis of body dissatisfaction and spirituality. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
  • Buser, J. K., & Pertuit, T. L. (in press). Spiritual transcendence, religious affiliation, and anorexia symptoms. In T. J. Buser, P. Lassiter, & K. Brown-Rice (Eds). Annual Review of Addiction and Offender Counseling, Volume 4: Best Practices.
  • Buser, J. K. (2018). Acceptance, empowerment, and meaning: A Collaborative Therapy approach for college-age clients struggling with eating disorder symptoms (pp. 149-168). In J. Hansen & M. Scholl (Eds.). Postmodern perspectives on contemporary counseling issues. Oxford University Press.
  • Buser, J. K., & Gibson, S. (2018). Protecting women from the negative effects of body dissatisfaction: The role of differentiation of self. Women & Therapy, 41(3-4), 406-431.
  • Buser, J. K., & Kearney, A. (2017). Stress, adaptive coping, and life satisfaction. Journal of College Counseling, 20(3), 224-236.
  • Buser, J. K., Buser, T. J., & Rutt, C. C. (2017). Nonsuicidal self-injury and spiritual/religious coping. The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 39(2), 132-148.
  • Buser, T. J., Buser, J. K., & Rutt, C. (2017). Predictors of unintentionally severe harm during nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95(1), 14-23.
  • Buser, J. K. & Gibson, S. (2016). Attachment to God/Higher Power and bulimic symptoms among college females. Journal of College Counseling, 19(2), 124-137.
  • Buser, J. K., Parkins, R. A., Gelin, S., Buser, T. J., & Kearney, A. (2016). Relationships with individuals facing eating disorder symptoms: Using transcendental phenomenology to understand this experience. The Family Journal, 14(4), 325-334.
  • Buser, J. K., Parkins, R. A., & Salazar, V. (2016). Understanding women’s experiences of defending against eating disorder symptoms: An interpretive phenomenological analysis. Adultspan, 15(2), 82-95.
  • Peterson, C. H., Hall, S. B., & Buser, J. K. (2016). Research training needs of counselors: Implications for counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision, 55(2), 80-94.
  • Rutt, C., Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2016). Evaluating a training intervention for assessing nonsuicidal self-injury: HIRE model. Counselor Education and Supervision, 55(2), 123-136.
  • Goodrich, K. M., Buser, J. K., Luke, M., & Buser, T. J. (2015). Spiritual and sexual identity: Exploring lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients' perspectives of counseling. Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Buser, J. K., Kearney, A., & Buser, T. J. (2015). Family, friends, and romantic partners of eating disorder sufferers: The use of spiritual/religious coping strategies. The Family Journal, 23(4), 320-329.
  • Buser, J., K., & Buser, T.J. (2014). Qualitative investigation of student reflections on a spiritual/religious diversity experience. Counseling and Values, 59, 155-173.
  • Buser, J. K., Parkins, R. A., & Buser, T. J. (2014). Thematic analysis of the intersection of spirituality and eating disorder symptoms. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 35, 97-113.
  • Buser, T. J., Pitchko, A., & Buser, J. K. (2014). Naturalistic recovery from nonsuicidal self-injury: A phenomenological inquiry. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 438-446.
  • Buser, J. K. & Gibson, S. (2014). Differentiation and eating disorder symptoms among males. The Family Journal, 22, 17-25.
  • Buser, J. K. (2013). Stress, spiritual coping, and bulimia: Feeling punished by God/Higher Power. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35(2), 154-171.
  • Buser, J. K., & Bernard, J. M. (2013). Religious coping, body dissatisfaction, and bulimic symptomatology. Counseling and Values, 58(2), 158-176.
  • Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2013a). Conceptualizing nonsuicidal self-injury as a process addiction: Review of research and implications for counselor training and practice. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 34(1), 16-29.
  • Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K.  (2013b). Helping students with emotional abuse: A critical area of competence for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 11(9). Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v11n9.pdf
  • Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2013c). The HIRE model: A tool for the informal assessment of nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35(3), 262-281.
  • Buser, J. K., Buser, T. J., & Peterson, C. H. (2013). Counselor training in the use of spiritual lifemaps:  Creative interventions for depicting spiritual/religious stories. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8, 363-380.
  • Buser, J. K, & Parkins, R. A. (2013). “Made this way for a reason:” Body satisfaction and spirituality. Adultspan, 12(1), 24-37.
  • Buser, J. K. (2012). The school counselor’s role in addressing eating disorder symptomatology among adolescents. In Ideas and research you can use: VISTAS 2012. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas12/Article_97.pdf
  • Buser, T. J., Buser, J. K., & Kearney, A. (2012). Justice in the family: The moderating role of social self-efficacy in the relationship between nonsuicidal self-injury and interactional justice from parents. The Family Journal, 20(2), 147-156.
  • Buser, T. J., Buser, J. K., Peterson, C. H., & Seraydarian, D. G. (2012). Influence of mindfulness practice on counseling skill effectiveness. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 4(1), 20-36.
  • Buser, J. K. (2011). The media, body dissatisfaction, and the thin-ideal: A group model for college females. Group and outreach activity guide for college counselors: Group plans and resources (pp. 143-147). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association
  • Buser, J. K., Buser, T. J., Gladding, S. T., & Wilkerson, J. (2011). The creative counselor: Using the SCAMPER model in counselor training. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 6(4), 256-273.
  • Buser, J. K , Goodrich, K., Luke, M., & Buser, T. J. (2011). A narratology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients’ experiences addressing religious and spiritual issues in counseling. The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 5, 282-303.
  • Buser, J. K., & Saponara, E. (2011). School counseling prevention and intervention for child witnesses of intimate partner violence. Journal of School Counseling, 9(8). Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v9n8.pdf
  • Woodford, M., Buser, J. K., Riccobono, L., & Bartuska, R. A. (2011). Collegiate children of alcoholics/addicts psychoeducational group (6 Groups). Group and outreach activity guide for college counselors: Group plans and resources (pp. 161-169). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Buser, J. K. (2010). American Indian adolescents and disordered eating. Professional School Counseling, 14(2), 146-155. 
  • Buser, J. K. (2009). Treatment seeking disparity between African Americans and Whites: Attitudes toward treatment, coping resources, and racism. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Selected Presentations

  • Gelin, S., Buser, J. K., Buser, T.J., Goodrich, K., & Luke, M. (2018, February). Ethical considerations for mindfulness practice in group work.  Poster presented at the Association for Specialists in Group Work conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Buser, T. J., Buser, J. K., Gelin, S., & Wong, J. (2017, March). Addictive features of nonsuicidal self-injury: Risk for unintentionally severe harm. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Buser, J. K., Buser, T. J., Rutt, C., & Gelin, S. (2015, October). “I am not so close-minded anymore”: Spiritual and religious diversity in counselor training. Poster presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Rutt, C., Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2015, October). Training in the HIRE Model: A tool for the informal assessment of nonsuicidal self-injury. Roundtable program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Buser, J. K., & Parkins, R. A. (2014, November). Body dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms, and spirituality: A qualitative narrative analysis. Poster presented at the annual national conference of the Renfrew Center Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Buser, J. K, & Parkins, R. A. (2013, March). Body satisfaction and spirituality: A phenomenological inquiry. Program presented at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Buser, J. K. (2012, March). Faith as helpful and harmful: The complex connection between religion, spirituality, and disordered eating. IAAOC-sponsored poster session presented at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2012, March). Addictive features of nonsuicidal self-injury. Poster presented at the annual conference of American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2009, October). Mindfulness in counselor training. Program presented at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, San Diego, CA.

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling (IAAOC)
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Courses Taught

  • COUN 500: Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions
  • COUN 550: Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory
  • CNPY 502: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • COUN 515: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • COUN 508: Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 580: Elementary School Counseling Practicum
  • EDSO 501: Foundations of School Counseling & Referral Sources for Students and Students with Special Needs