Meet Our Faculty

Cathleen PaternoCathleen Paterno, Ed.D.

Associate Professor/ Program Leader, Graduate Counseling Program

Email: paterno@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization

Counselor Education, Psychosocial Development, Ethics, Family, and Group Counseling.


A native of Chicago, Dr. Paterno received a BA in sociology at Quincy College, an MA in human development counseling from Sangamon State University, and an EdD in counseling and counselor education at Indiana University. Dr. Paterno joined the faculty at Saint Xavier University in 2003. In addition to being a tenured faculty member in the School of Education at SXU, she has been a tenured member of the faculty at Western Illinois University, as well as in the California State and University of Texas systems. She has post-doctoral training and experience in marriage and family therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Courses Offered

Selected Publications

Barrett, C. Career development curriculum for first-generation middle school students.  Career Convergence Electronic Journal, April 2006

Barrett, C. School counseling education for non-teachers: Challenges and opportunities. Illinois Counseling Association Journal, fall 2005.

Stephan, J., Barrett, C. Thriving instead of just surviving: Professional school counselors and  beginning teachers. Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, Vol.58, fall 2005.

Milliren, A., Barrett-Kruse, C. Four phases of Adlerian counseling: Family resiliency in action.  Journal of Individual Psychology, Vol. 58, No.3 fall 2002.

Barrett-Kruse, C. Strengthening the mother-daughter relationship through bibliotherapy and story  telling. Texas Counseling Association Journal, Vol. 28, Number 2, fall 2000.