Karen Levin Coburn

Senior Consultant in Residence

Karen Levin Coburn
Karen Levin Coburn

Karen Levin Coburn is one of the country’s leading experts on the college experience, she is the co-author of three books: including Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years with more than a half million copies in print. A sixth edition, revised and updated, was published in June, 2016, and a Chinese edition was published in Beijing.

Karen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College. She earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Washington University. A licensed Psychologist and Professional Counselor originally from the New York metropolitan area, Coburn has been an educator for more than thirty years in Boston and St. Louis. She has written numerous professional articles, has written and directed educational training films and CDs, and has produced educational materials for teachers and counselors.

During her long career at Washington University, Coburn has been a faculty member, counselor, four year advisor, and administrator committed to supporting and enhancing the experience of undergraduates. She has held a broad range of leadership positions, including Director of the Career Center, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students and Associate Dean for the Freshman Transition, and most recently Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness. Karen serves as the Student Affairs Senior Consultant in Residence.