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Fields, Karin

Karin Fields HeadshotClinical Assistant Professor
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-107 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone number: 352-273-4325

Research Biography

My research areas focus primarily on adoption and foster care, specifically maternal identity for adoptive mothers, preparing for foster and adoptive motherhood, and short-term and long-term psychological, emotional, and relational impacts for children in the foster care system. I use qualitative methods to understand the lived experiences of all members of the adoption triad and those individuals involved with or connected to the foster care system.


Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, 2018
Concentration in Mental Health Counseling
University of Florida

MHS in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2007
Concentration in Mental Health Counseling
University of Florida

B.A. in Sociology, 2005
B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, 2005
University of Florida

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, University of Florida, 2018 – Present

Adjunct Professor: Career Development, University of Florida, 2018

Vice President and Clinical Director, LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting, 2007 – Present

Activities and Honors

Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor – Florida Department of Health, 2011 – Present

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH 10065)- Florida Department of Health, 2009 – Present

Chi Sigma Iota Beta Chapter, Outstanding Practitioner, 2013