Niko Wilson Niko Wilson, PhD, LMHC, NCC


  • Core Faculty and Assistant Professor, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department


  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Central Florida
  • MS in Counseling Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • BS in Psychology, University of Central Florida


  • Professional Issues and Ethics

Research and Practice Interests

  • Couples and Families
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Care
  • Trauma
  • Women's Health 
  • Neuroscience Education in Counseling 
  • Clinical Supervision

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Florida and Massachusetts)
  • National Certified Counselor


  • Dissertation Award - 2021. University of Central Florida Student Scholar Symposium. 

Publications and Presentations


Wilson, N., & Barden, S. M. (2021). Infidelity in Couples. In M.E. Young, S.M. Barden, & L.L. Long, (Eds.), Counseling and Therapy for Couples: An Integrative Model (Ch. 10). Pearson Education.

Barden, S.M., Silverio, S., Wilson, N., Taylor, D. & Carlson, R. (in press) Couples coping through COVID: Implementation of an online relationship intervention. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Select Presentations

Wilson, N., Russell, B. (2020, January). Neuro-informed counseling: Considerations when including both the mind and the brain in mental health counseling. University of Central Florida 12th Annual Counselor Education Conference. Orlando, FL.

Wilson, N. (2020, January). Safety first: Adapting evidence-based trauma interventions for stabilization in integrated care. University of Central Florida 12th Annual Counselor Education Conference. Orlando, FL.

Butler, K., & Wilson, N. (2020, November). Matters of Diversity. Panel Member. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Wilson, N., Russell, B., & Finnell, L. (2019, October). Mind the gap: The absence of education and supervision related to working with family systems impacted by trauma. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Seattle, WA.

Hagedorn, W. B., & Wilson, N. (2019, March). Applications of acceptance and commitment therapy: Navigating shame and moral injury. American Counseling Association. New Orleans, LA.

Hagedorn, W. B., Chase, A., & Wilson, N. (2018, October). Fostering affective empathy in students working with addicted clients. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Myrtle Beach, SC

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Private Practice - Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Co-Chair, Women's Interest Network, Southern Assoication for Counselor Education and Supvervision
  • Emerging Leader, Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Co-Coordinator, Integrated Care Symposium, University of Central Florida
  • President, Counselor Education Doctoral Student Organization, University of Central Florida
  • Conference Research Coordinator, Counselor Education Department, University of Central Florida
  • Leadership Council, Apopka Clinic, UCF College of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling 
  • Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
  • Northern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors