Dawn Wirick, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC

Clinical Training Director


Dr. Dawn Wirick brings a wealth of higher education experience to Northwestern University, having worked in diverse capacities both in for-profit and non-profit online universities. She received her PhD in counseling and supervision with a specialization in MFT from The University of Akron. Additionally, she received her master’s degree in pastoral clinical counseling with a specialization in MFT from Ashland Theological Seminary, and her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Ashland University. 

Dr. Wirick possesses extensive undergraduate- and graduate-level experience in brick-and-mortar institutions of higher education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She has expertise in working with clients who face addictive issues with opioid medications due to chronic pain, manages extensive networks with pain management physicians in a collaborative practice, and works with combat veterans in PTSD group treatment settings. Her research interests include chronic pain involved with chronic medical diagnoses, chronic pain in post-cancer survival, onset of trauma in caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer, and psychodynamic therapy for delayed onset of PTSD in combat veterans.


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