Mandy Morrill


Mandy Morrill Associate Professor 219.464.6764 Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling
College of Arts and Sciences (ASB) Room 356


Dr. Morrill joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in 2010, and serves as an associate professor of Psychology in the graduate program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Dr. Morrill’s primary research interest involves examining long-term consequences of abusive sibling relationships. Within this sphere of research, Dr. Morrill also studies gender issues related to abuse and has published research regarding male victimization and female perpetration. Additionally, she has engaged in research related to the impact of sibling abuse on interpersonal competencies and self-esteem. Dr. Morrill has presented her research at national conferences and has facilitated a number of workshops for clinicians regarding working with sibling abuse. She serves as the clinical training director for the graduate program at Valparaiso University in addition to her duties as assistant professor. Dr. Morrill brings her clinical experience to her teaching, research and supervision as she has practiced in domestic violence shelters, served as a court advocate and rape crisis counselor, and has counseled, as well as advocated, for both men and women recovering from abuse and trauma. Dr. Morrill also serves as a faculty advisor for the department chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.


Ed.D. (Counseling) – University of Memphis
M.A. (Counseling) – The College of New Jersey
B.A. (Sociology) – State University of New York at Binghampton

Courses Taught
  • COUN 545 Community Counseling
  • COUN 625:  Soc. & Cult Basis of Behavior
  • COUN 660 Counseling Theories
  • COUN 665: Family Counseling and Dynamics
  • COUN 685: Practicum
  • COUN 686/687: Internship
  • COUN 688: Advanced Internship
  • COUN 693:  Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Research Interests

Sibling abuse
Interpersonal Abuse
Family Abuse and Trauma
Adult Survivors of Abuse and Trauma

Selected Contributions

Morrill-Richards, M., & Leierer, S.J. (2010) The relationship between sibling maltreatment and college students’ sense of well-being. Journal of College Counseling 13, 17-30.

Morrill-Richards, M. (2010). Sibling abuse. In Fisher, B. and Lab, S. (eds), Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Richards, D., Morrill, M., & Anderson, M. (2012). Some psycho-social correlates of attitudes towards torture. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 30, 63-95.

Morrill, M. & Bachman, C. (2013). Confronting the gender myth: An exploration of variance in male vs. female experience with sibling abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,8, 1698-1708.

Morrill, M. (2014). Sibling sexual abuse: An exploratory study of long-term consequences for self-esteem and counseling considerations. Journal of Family Violence,29, 205-213.

Morrill, M., Bachman, C., Polisuk, B., Kostelyk, K., & Wilson, S ( 2017). An exploration of the relationship between experience with sibling abuse and experience with peer bullying.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Morrill, M. (2017). Sibling violence, in Handbook of behavioral criminology: Contemporary strategies and Issues, Van Hasselt & Bourke. Springer Publishing.


Invited member of the national speakers bureau for SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone)

Interviewed and featured in an article published by the Swedish national newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, regarding sibling abuse (2012):

Interviewed and featured in a segment on sibling abuse for the national public radio show Radio Health Journal (2013):

  • NCC (National Certified Counselor)-received April 2005
  • ACA (American Counseling Association)
  • ACES (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision)
  • CSI (Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling honor society)-inducted 2005