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Renee C. Howells, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Assistant Professor

Office: 516C
ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center

(208) 373-1944


Specialty Areas: Disability; Deafhood; Crisis & Trauma Intervention.

Ph.D., 2018, Idaho State University
M.A., 2015, Gonzaga University
B.S., 2013, The College of Idaho

My name is Dr. Renee Howells. I have worked as a counselor educator for the past three years, and it has been a pleasure to join the team at ISU in the summer of 2021. I am a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. In addition to my role as an assistant professor, I serve as the Clinical Director for our Counseling Clinic.

My primary research interests center on topics of advocacy and accessibility in mental health and higher education. I am particularly passionate about disability inclusion and cultural representation; with a focus on working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. Much of my scholarship and clinical expertise surround the phenomenon of crisis, trauma, and disaster counseling and intervention.

As a counselor educator I value relationship, mentorship, and growth. This value translates into my own clinical practices as a mental health counselor. I have been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Idaho since 2016. I have a small private practice, Painted Sage Counseling and Consultation, where I enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life.

When I am not at work, I can likely be found spending time in nature, with my loved ones, or creating art. I am an avid outdoor recreationist and animal lover. Hiking, camping, and traveling are a few activities that regularly bring me joy. I also enjoy dabbling in artistic endeavors; I feel grateful to live in such a beautiful place to inspire creativity. I look forward to exploring all that Idaho has to offer and to cultivating community in the greater Boise area.


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