Jessica Paulhus

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2022

Jessica Paulhus

Contact Info


Jessica Paulhus completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rhode Island College and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Capella University. As a dual licensed clinician who specializes in both mental health and substance use, she has experience working in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs, in home care, outpatient counseling, and crisis work. As an instructor, she utilizes a variety of engaging experiential activities that are carefully chosen to increase student learning potential.

Paulhus’s areas of research and clinical interests include co-occurring disorders, pedagogical practices in addiction studies, and substance use training within counselor education.


  • B.S., University of Rhode Island
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rhode Island College
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Capella University

As a counselor educator, I incorporate a student-centered approach to learning that encourages student engagement through experiential activities."

Scholarly Interests

Addiction Studies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Counseling Skills, Co-Occurring Disorders, Pedagogy


  • CSLG6100: Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions Counseling
  • CSLG5250: Professional Orientation/Ethics
  • CSLG5150: Counseling Across the Lifespan

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association (ACA)
National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)



  • Paulhus, J., Counselor Educators' Pedagogical Experiences Implementing CACREP's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Addiction-Specific Standards (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University) (2021)