Elvita Kondili

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Elvita Kondili
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: Room 217
Phone: 313-993-1438
Elvita Kondili


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Elvita Kondili, Ph.D., teaches the counseling practicum, research methods, introduction to addiction counseling, multicultural counseling, and program development in counseling. Her clinical experience includes 15 years in Massachusetts and North Carolina in various treatment settings, including methadone program, intensive outpatient, crisis counseling, inpatient substance abuse and telepsychiatry. In addition, Kondili specialized in behavior addictions and couples counseling in her private practice. She is passionate about helping new counselors build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare them for a competent, ethical and culturally-sensitive practice in the real world.

Kondili’s main area of research is in counselor training and supervision and incorporating contemplative practices in higher education. Her current research is focused on ways to promote social and cultural capital for refugees and social justice advocacy for systemic change. Additionally, she is interested in research and scholarship on utilizing mindfulness-based treatment approaches in the treatment of substance use disorders, behavior addictions and PTSD.

Kondili received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tirana in Albania, her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and her Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She joined the University in 2018.



    Current Research Projects

    • Fostering social and cultural capital for refugees through community integration programs

    Recent Publications

    Guiteirrez, D., Foxx, S., & Kondili, E. (2018). Investigating the effectiveness of a group motivational interviewing on academic motivation. Journal of School Counseling, 16(14), 1-25.

    Kondili, E., & Duryea, D. G. (2019). The role of mother-infant bond in neonatal abstinence syndrome management (NAS). Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 

    Interiano, C., Kondili, E., & Foxx, S. (2019). Refugees and the system: Social and cultural capital as mental health protective factors. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.


    Manuscripts Under Review

    None at this time.

    Recent Presentations

    Kondili, E, Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. G. & Ismail, L. (2019, June). Cultural and Social Capital as Protective Factors of Refugee Mental Health: A Community-Based Ethnographic Study. AMCD Multicultural and Social Justice Summit, Orlando, FL.

    Interiano, C & Kondili, E. (2018, April). Bringing Down Systemic Walls: The Refugee Resettlement Process. Paper presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA.

     Interiano, C & Kondili, E. (2017, February). Exploration of Protecting Factors that Contribute to Refugee Mental Well-being. Paper presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change, Savanah, GA.

    Kondili, E. (2016, May). Food Addiction: Evidence and treatment. Poster session presented at the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.

    Hagedorn, W. B., Cashwell, C. S., Lenes, E., Foster, K. J., Brennan, C., Tresemer, D., Vossenkemper, T., Kondili, E., Heard, N., & Pennock, E. (2016, March). On common ground: Counselors of varied spiritual and religious backgrounds engage in case discussion. Program presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association, Montreal, QC.