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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


Elvita Kondili, Ph.D., teaches the counseling practicum, trauma and crisis counseling, introduction to addiction counseling, multicultural counseling, and organization and administration of counseling services. 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

    • The development and validation of Self-Criticism in Counseling Students Scale
    • Fostering social and cultural capital for refugees through community integration programs

    Recent Publications

    Kondili, E. (2018). Experiences of self-criticism among counseling students (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2030349136). Retrieved from

    Manuscripts Under Review

    Interiano, C., Kondili, E., & Foxx, S. (under review). Refugees and the system: Social and cultural capital as mental health protective factors.

    Recent Presentations

    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.

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