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