Dr Karen Kitchener is an American Counselling Psychologist, author, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver, having directed its counselling program for 25 years. Dr Kitchener is among several modern experts whose work extends the potential for Reflective Practice into societal consequences.

Dr Kitchener is internationally renowned for her work on adolescent development and reflective judgment, and ethics in psychology. In her article ‘Cognition, metacognition and Epistemic Cognition in Human Development‘ she describes and defines the reflexive process of metacognition, as being: “…To monitor our own learning, to become aware of the limits of our knowledge, and to become aware of our own values, assumptions, and expectations, and how they affect our behaviour and relationships…“