Dr. Michelle Backlund

Assistant Professor

Counseling and Educational Psychology

(575) 646-1925


Curriculum Vitae

Michelle Orchard Backlund teaches undergraduate courses in the Counseling and Community Psychology program and Master’s level courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. She brings to NMSU her expertise in clinical supervision and a promising clinical and teaching background. She is an alumni of The University of Montana earning her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Dr. Backlund’s research investigates positive aspects of, supervisee resistance to feedback, and possible ways of harnessing resistance to create relational connection. Dr. Backlund is also researching resistance between romantic partners from an inter-disciplinary approach in conjunction with her husband Dr. Ray Backlund who is the Coordinator of the NMSU Dance Department as well as having his Ph.D. in Counselor Education. Using dance as a metaphor they theorize that if resistance is properly harnessed in a romantic relationship it may facilitate spontaneity, focus, trust, commitment, mutuality, and meaningful connection.

Resistencia Perfecta (perfect resistance) is the name of Dr. Backlund research team. The team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines.  We welcome students who have an interest in learning about and participating in research as well as those who are proficient. The synergy of this team is amazing and Dr. Backlund is enjoying the opportunity to mentor students in the exciting world of research and feels that joining this kind of team shows students firsthand the value of collaboration.

Dr. Backlund’s current RA is Yuan Hu.  Yuan Hu is working towards a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and supports Dr. Backlund’s research team.  If you have any questions regarding joining our team don’t hesitate to contact Yuan Hu through email: yhu@nmsu.edu”


Recent Publication

Backlund, M. O. & Johnson, V. (Aug, 2018). The beauty of client and supervisee resistance. Counseling Today, 61(1), 46.-51.

Link to article:  https://ct.counseling.org/2018/08/the-beauty-of-client-and-supervisee-resistance/