Christine Kennedy, Ph.D., LPC

Christine Kennedy
Assistant Professor
Community and Trauma Counseling

Christine received her Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. She served as the Director for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University and the Director of the Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Maryland. She teaches Research Methods, and Assessment for students in the CTC program and serves as a faculty supervisor for Clinical Internship.

Her research interests include meaning-making, spirituality, and trauma and the centrality of meaning in healing trauma. In addition to her work at PhilaU, she is a clinical therapist at the Well-Being Center in Ardmore, and serves as a collaborative partner with VNA Hospice of Philadelphia. Her clinical specialty areas include complicated grief and bereavement, life-limiting illness, trauma, moral injury, spiritual distress, gender identity and sexual orientation and support to the LGBTQ+ community.


  1. Park, C. L., & Kennedy, M.C. (in press). Meaning violation and restoration following trauma: Conceptual overview and clinical implications. In E. Altmaier (Ed.), Reconstructing Meaning after Trauma. New York: Elsevier.