Elvita Kondili

Elvita Kondili

Assistant Professor of Counseling
Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

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 teaches the counseling practicum, research methods, introduction to addiction, ethical and legal issues in counseling, and program development. Her clinical experience includes 18 years in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Michigan in various treatment settings, including methadone treatment, intensive outpatient, crisis counseling, inpatient substance abuse and telehealth. 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 understanding and promoting social and cultural capital for refugees through a multisystem, cultural and socio-political framework based on a four-year, tristate research project utilizing phenomenology and grounded theory. Recently, Kondili is interested in exploring ways to promote cultural and intellectual humility in counselors-in-training.

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 (LPC). She joined the University in 2018.



    Current Research Projects

    Cultural and intellectual humility in counselors-in-training

    Substance use education for primary health professionals


    Externally-Funded Projects

    Practice Education: Specialized Addiction Training for Primary Health Professionals (2020-2022). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Total funding amount: $200,000; Role: Lead Faculty Trainer (Principal Investigator: Calleja, N. G.).

    Recent Publications

    Kondili, E., Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. & Hahn, C. (in press). Counseling and social justice advocacy interventions with refugees: Two case studies. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

    Interiano-Shiverdecker, C., Kondili, E. & Bazzi, R. (in press). Refugees in context: A systemic, intersectional exploration of discrimination. Journal of Refugee Studies.

    Interiano-Shiverdecker, C., Hahn, C., McKenzie, C. & Kondili, E. (in press). Refugees, discrimination, and barriers to Health. Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory & Research.

    Kondili, E., & Duryea, D. G. (2019). The role of mother-infant bond in neonatal abstinence syndrome management (NAS). Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 33(3), 267-274.

    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, 42, 48-64.

    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.


    Manuscripts Under Review

    None at this time.

    Recent Presentations

    Kondili, E. & Burks, A. (2020). "Trauma-informed counselor education and supervision." Presented as part of the Michigan Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (MACES) webinar series.

    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.