Faculty: Niko Wilson, PhD, LMHC, NCC

Niko Wilson

Niko Wilson, PhD, LMHC, NCC

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department

Director, Couple and Families Therapy Concentration

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PhD Counselor Education and Supervision University of Central Florida
MS Counseling Psychology Palm Beach Atlantic University
BS Psychology University of Central Florida


  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families
  • Trauma and the Contemporary Family
  • Clinical Skills and Practicum I
  • Clinical Skills and Practicum II

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
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Florida)
  • AAMFT Clinical Fellow Designation


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

Publications and Presentations

  • Wilson, N., and Contreras, P.M. (2022). Supervision as a Protective Factor: Trauma Informed Strategies to Mitigate Counselor Burnout. Mcleod Institute on Addiction.
  • Wilson, N., and Hagedorn, B. (2022). Trauma Informed Addiction Counseling: Its Crazy to Do It Any Other Way! With Bryce. Mcleod Institute on Addiction.
  • Wilson, N., and Barden, S. M. (2021). Infidelity in Couples. In M.E. Young, S.M. Barden, and 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. and Carlson, R. (2021) Couples coping through COVID: Implementation of an online relationship intervention. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.
  • 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., and Wilson, N. (2020, November). Matters of Diversity. Panel Member. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
  • Wilson, N., Russell, B., and 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., and 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., and Wilson, N. (2018, October). Fostering affective empathy in students working with addicted clients. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Myrtle Beach, SC

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • 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 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 Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 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