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Department of Leadership & Counseling
322 E. Front St., Suite 440
Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047
Fax: (208) 364-4078
lead@uidaho.edu

Coeur d'Alene

1031 N. Academic Way
Suite 242
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814

Phone: (208) 292-1286
Fax: (208) 667-5275

Susan Stuntzner

Susan Stuntzner, Ph.D, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, DCC


Office: 1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 116
Phone: (208) 292-1409
Email: stuntzner@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

College of Education
Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Coeur d'Alene
With UI Since 2010


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Adjustment to Disability
    • Personal and Family Coping Following Disability
    • Resiliency
    • Forgiveness
    • Spirituality
    • Compassion and Self-compassion
    • Sexuality
    • Mentorship of Women with Disabilities
    • Development of Intervention Techniques and Strategies.
  • Biography

    Dr. Stuntzner is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation & Community Counseling Program at University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene.  She graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison, August 2007 with a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Idaho, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

    Dr. Stuntzner has experience working with a number of different populations in the counseling and mental health profession. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a public rehabilitation counselor and for a non-profit organization in the Northwest.  Dr. Stuntzner’s research interests focus primarily on coping and adaptation to disability related to the individual and the family.

  • Selected Publications
    • Stuntzner, S., & Dalton, J. (2014). Forgiveness and disability: Reconsideration of forgiveness as a vital component of the rehabilitation counseling profession. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Stuntzner, S., Ricks, S., & Dalton, J. (2014). Counseling women with disabilities for educational and leadership positions: An under addressed phenomena. Manuscript Submitted for publication.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2013). Compassion and Self-compassion: Application to the adjustment process following disability. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Dalton J (2014). Living with a disability: A gateway to practicing forgiveness and compassion. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Balancing self-compassion with self-advocacy: A new approach to enhance the learning process of how to effectively advocate. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • Jain, S., Rishi, N., Cardona, B., Stuntzner, S. & Joshi, D. (in press). Family therapy for children with a disability. Indian Journal of Community Psychology.
    • Stuntzner, S. (in press). Resiliency and coping with disability: The family after. Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.
    • Stuntzner, S. (in press). Transformation following a disability. In M. Kroth & P. Cranton’s (Eds) Transforming lives, transforming society.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Austin, B. (in press). Implementing a holistic approach to enhance career opportunities for transition students with disabilities. In A. Normore and K. Esposito (Eds.) Inclusive practices for special populations in urban settings: The moral imperative for social justice leadership. Information Age Publishing.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2014). Self-Compassion and sexuality: A new model for women with disabilities. ACA’s VISTAs, Summer Issue.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2014). Compassion and self-compassion: Exploration of utility as essential components of the rehabilitation counseling profession. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 45(1), 37-44.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2014). Reflections from the past: Life lessons for better living. Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Disability and the counseling relationship: What counselors need to know. ACA’s VISTAs, Winter Issue.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Resiliency, coping, and disability: The development of a resiliency intervention. ACA’s VISTAs, Spring Issue.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2013, December). Personal story: Living with a disability. Stanford School of  Medicine - The Compassion Journal. https://compassionjournal.standford.edu/2013/12/personal-story-living-with-disability.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2012). Living with disability: Finding peace amidst the storm. Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2012). Meeting a need: Expanding the rehabilitation counseling program. Envision.



  • Research Projects
    Articles Under Revision:

    • Stuntzner, S., & Dalton, J. (2013). Inclusion of forgiveness as a necessary component of the rehabilitation counselor education curriculum. Manuscript Submitted / Under Revision.
    • Stuntzner. S., Enright, R., Lynch, R., & Jain, S. (2013). Comparison between two on-line interventions promoting psychological well-being: An experimental study. Manuscript Submitted / Under Revision.
    • Stuntzner, S., Enright, R., Lynch, R. & Jain, S. (2013). Forgiveness and adjustment to disability: Exploring the connection through on-line interventions. Manuscript Submitted / Under Revision.
    • Stuntzner, S., & Dalton, J. (2013). Resiliency Training: An essential component in rehabilitation counselor education. Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

  • Outreach Projects

    Selected Projects

    • Stuntzner, S. (2014, September). Disability as a Catalyst for Healing, Personal Growth, and Transformation: Enhancing Counselors’ Understanding and Skills. 2014 Counseling Psychology Association of India.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2014, August). Compassion and Self-compassion in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Fall 2014 Oregon Department of Vocational Rehabilitation In-service Training. Salem, Oregon.
    • Stuntzner, S. (2014, July). Rehabilitation Counseling - A Gateway to Healing, Resilience, and Living Well. Keynote Speaker at 2014 Idaho Chapter of National Rehabilitation Counseling Association.
    • Hartley, M., & Stuntzner, S. (2014, May). Promoting Resilience: Interventions Following a Traumatic Injury & Disability. Conference Presentation at 2014 Executive Summit, American Psychotherapy Association, Tucson, Arizona.
    • Stuntzner, S., Hartley, M., & Ware, S. (2014, March). A Closer Look at Disability: Enhancing Counselors’ Effectiveness in Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities. Preconference Learning Institute at 2014 American Counseling Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. 
    • Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014, March). Resiliency, Disability, and Coping: The Development of a Resiliency Intervention. Research Poster at 2014 American Counseling Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. 
    • Ware, S., & Stuntzner, S. (2014, March). Disability and Sexuality: A Comprehensive Model to Address the Sexuality Needs of Persons with Disabilities. Research Poster at 2014 American Counseling Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Stuntzner, S., Ricks, S., & Dalton, J. (2013, July). Shades of Grey in the Ivory Towers: Mentorship and Women with Disabilities. Research Poster at 2013 National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Conferences. Baton Larouge, LA.
    • Dalton, J. & Stuntzner, S. (2013, April). Balancing Compassion with the Art of Advocacy – Changing the Societal Paradigm of Westernized Thinking. Research Poster at National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.
    • Stuntzner, S. & Dalton, J. (2013, April). Inclusion of Forgiveness as a Necessary Component of Resiliency: Incorporating Forgiveness & Resiliency into the Rehabilitation Curriculum. Research Poster at National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.