In the past, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the college and graduate school level, teaching marriage and family, counseling, and psychology courses. Her professional background has included a broad range of clinical settings, including a psychiatric hospital, academic institutions, an outpatient mental health clinic, psychological assessment, and crisis intervention settings. Her post-doctoral experience included working with teens, parents and teachers in the school system, and serving as Director of the San Diego Harmonium parent/youth partner program.
Dr. Kolakowski is active in the psychology community. She served as past council member and membership chair of the Washington State Psychological Association. She was awarded a WSPA Outstanding Service Award for 2011. An active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), she served as chair of the early career psychology task force of APA Division 31 and launched the Division 31 ECP blog.
Dr. Kolakowski is a contributing expert for About.com on Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and writes a relationship blog for the Huffington Post. She has been featured in publications such as Redbook, Scientific American MIND, Men’s Health Magazine, Shape, eHarmony and ParentMap. She’s made television appearances on New Day Northwest and ABC news.
Her new book, When Depression Hurts Your Relationship: How to Regain Intimacy and Reconnect With Your Partner When You’re Depressed (New Harbinger Publications) is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, New Harbinger, and at all major booksellers. Her second book, Single, Shy and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy and Socially Anxious will be in stores October 2014.