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Assistant Professor of Counseling


  • B.S. in Health Education, 2002  
  • Minnesota State University- Moorhead
  • M.S. in Counseling and Student Affairs, 2006  
  • Minnesota State University- Moorhead
  • M.P.H American Indian Public Health, 2017
  • North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, 2018
  • North Dakota State University

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified Counselor- National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Teaching Specialties

School Counseling, Multicultural 

Research Interests

Cultural Adaptations to Evidence-Based Trauma Therapy Models, Culture Immersion, Cultural Humility


  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision​


Julie Yliniemi is a Board-Certified Counselor, Licensed School Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is Anishinaabe and grew up on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She has thirteen years of experience working in K-12 school systems, both public and tribal. She spent the first four years of her k-12 career as a health teacher and the others as a school counselor and mental health professional.  Julie graduated with Master’s degree in counseling from Minnesota State University- Moorhead in 2006. In 2017, she completed her Masters of Public Health- American Indian Public Health certificate from North Dakota State University and in 2018 completed her PhD in Counselor Education and supervision. Julie spent five years implementing cultural and spiritual adaptations to evidence-based trauma therapy models. She is a 2015 NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellow. She has collaborated with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to implement cultural immersion educational institutes on the White Earth Indian Reservation and in Rwanda, Africa. She is passionate about learning from students and assisting them to be prepared for working with people from diverse backgrounds. 

Julie lives in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, with her husband and their children. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling and being outdoors. In the summer months, she enjoys going to pow wows, bike riding, watching her children’s activities, and being on the water. In the winter months, you can find her on a ski slopes and enjoying any outdoor activities as weather permits in Minnesota. She is an active Rotary member in her community and enjoys sharing the beauty of her culture and her travel experiences from around the world.