DoHee Kim-Appel

Professor of Graduate Counseling
PhD, University of Akron
MA, University of Akron
MA, Ursuline College
BA, Seoul Women’s University

Dr. DoHee Kim-Appel (she/her) is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) at Heidelberg University. She is an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Endorsement (LPCC-S), an Ohio Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist with Supervisory Endorsement (IMFT-S), an Ohio Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Dr. Kim-Appel has decades of experience in the field of behavioral health, working with diverse clients across a spectrum of emotional and substance-related issues, including youth, individuals, couples, and families. She has co-authored numerous book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include the impact of historical trauma & epigenetics on mental health, family differentiation, mindfulness, cultural competency, supervision, and international issues in behavioral health. She has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Kim-Appel is the Past President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) and the Ohio Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES). She is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Counselor Practice (JCP), published by the OCA. She was the past Chairperson OCA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the North West Ohio Counseling Association (NWOCA) Award Committee.

Dr. Kim-Appel was one of the task force members to formalize the Ohio Substance Use Disorders Professionals (OSUDP) Interest Group within the OCA and served as President. She is the founder and past Chairperson for the International Student and Faculty Interest Network (ISFIN) within the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES) and a Diversity Pipeline Task Force member for ACES Leadership.

Courses Taught

Theories of Counseling
Techniques in Counseling
Group Process in Counseling
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Practicum in Clinical Counseling
Internship in Clinical Counseling I & II
Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders
Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse
Clinical Mental Health & Agency Counseling
Professional Issues in Counseling: Legal and Ethical​

Research Interests

Impact of Historical Trauma & Epigenetics on Mental Health, Family Differentiation, Mindfulness, Cultural Competency

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DoHee Kim-Appel
Bareis Hall 216
(419) 448-2366
dkimappe [at]