Shannon Chavez-Korell

Office: Enderis Hall 785
E-Mail: korell@uwm.edu

Shannon Chavez-Korell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Psychology


Shannon Chavez-Korell teaches courses in group counseling, multicultural counseling, and clinical supervision. She also coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices (http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/certificates/multicultural-knowledge/) and is the Campus Coordinator of the National Certified Counselor for Graduate Students Program (http://www.nbcc.org/FAQ). Her clinical interests include depression, identity development, and group dynamics. Chavez-Korell’s research focuses on racial and ethnic identity attitudes and their relationship to social behavior and health outcomes, and extends to cultural adaptations of mental health interventions. Her interests also include transgender identity and affirmative counseling with transgender individuals.

Chavez-Korell earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Chavez-Korell earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Chavez-Korell received the Faculty Diversity Research Award from the Institute on Race & Ethnicity, University of Wisconsin System.

Current Research/Projects


Chavez-Korell and her research team, (Re)Search for Change, currently have three research projects in progress. All of Chavez-Korell’s research and community partnerships are guided by the principles of community-based participatory research.

Chavez-Korell is working in partnership with the United Community Center (UCC), a large Latino-serving agency located in Milwaukee, on a project titled Un Nuevo Amanecer (A New Dawn). This project is federally funded by a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Un Nuevo Amanecer is a depression treatment program offered in a community center setting for Latino elders. The evidence-based practice IMPACT (Improving Mood: Providing Access to Collaborative Treatment) serves as the model for depression treatment and was culturally adapted in response to the target population and community setting. Chavez-Korell serves as the academic-partner to UCC, she is the treatment fidelity consultant, and is responsible for determining the necessary cultural adaptations to be made to the evidence-based treatment.

Chavez-Korell has also received research funding and support from Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation. She is studying the relationships between historical loss and trauma, ethnic identity, and physical and mental health outcomes for Urban American Indian adults.

Chavez-Korell received research funding and support from the Roberto Hernandez Center. She is working to identify cultural protective factors, and studying the relationships between Latino ethnic identity, Latino cultural values, depression, stress, and help-seeking attitudes among Latino adults.

Professional Service


Chavez-Korell serves on the Executive Committee of the National Latina/o Psychological Association, as the Student and Professional Development Coordinator. At the community level, Chavez-Korell serves on the Board of Directors for Spotted Eagle Inc. and is on the Community Relations Council at Milwaukee Job Corps Center.

View Shannon Chavez-Korell's curriculum vitae