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Kristen Chalmers

Adjunct Professor


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9


Kristen became a Christian in 1996.  At the time, she had just begun her undergraduate social work courses and could not believe just how congruent social work is with the Word of God.  She was then blessed to attend RWU, the only Christian college or university in the U.S. at that time that offered a graduate degree in Social Work.  She completed her MSW at RWU in 1999.

Kristen has been an LMSW for over two decades. She works at an occupational health clinic at the University of Rochester.  She has worked in the field of occupational health for over 8 years. In her role as the clinic social worker and Education Specialist, she provides supportive counseling to individual patients and delivers occupational health outreach and education. She is a published author and is passionate about occupational wellness as well as the integration of faith and practice. Kristen is an active member of the NY State PARSE Coalition (Preventing Addiction and Supporting Recovery in Employment).   Kristen has been providing faith-based counseling services since 2004. She currently works part-time at Agape Counseling Associates, where she provides individual faith-based psychotherapy and EAP services.

Kristen worked as a professor at RWU for 11 years, where she taught in the Traditional and Nontraditional Undergraduate Social Work Program as well as the Graduate Social Work Program. While at Roberts, she also spent 2 years teaching social work courses to a cohort of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Brooklyn, NY.

Kristen has been married to her husband, Cubby, for 24 years, and in her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, their six children, and their three dogs.

Specialty Areas:

  • Worker Wellness
  • Psychosocial Occupational Health Hazards
  • Stress and Resilience
  • Workplace Bullying
  • The Integration of Faith and social work practice
  • Faith-based CBT/psychotherapy

Recent Scholarship Publications & Presentations:

  • Rajamohan S, Chalmers K, Bennett E, Brzoza S (2023). Fostering Resilience in Nursing Through R.E.S.T., Journal of Christian Nursing, 40(1):20-27. doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000001016. PMID: 36469873.
  • Problem Gambling Conference 2023: To Thrive or Not to Thrive: Work Stress and Resilience
  • University of Rochester: Thrive or Not to Thrive: Work/Academic Stress and Resilience (2023)
  • University of Rochester Occupational and Environmental Grand Rounds: Workplace Stress and Resilience Training in Health Care (2021) & Workplace Bullying: A Preventable Workplace Hazard (2023)
  • Department of Health Occupational Health Clinic Network Quarterly Meeting: Workplace Bullying: A Preventable Workplace Hazard (2022)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 158(IUOE Local 158): Work Stress and Resilience (2021); Fatigue and the Workplace (2022); Communication in the Workplace (2023)
  • Work Stress and Resilience Series for Teachers: Occupational Health Clinical Center Collaboration (2021-2022)


  • Barbara S. Muller Teaching Excellence Award 2017

Professional Activity:

  • NY State PARSE Coalition Member (Preventing Addiction and Supporting Recovery in Employment)