Signe Nestingen Psy.D.

Signe Nestingen, Psy.D.

Psychology Doctorate Program - Core Associate Professor and Internship Director

Brother Louis Hall, BLH138    |    Campus Box: # 28
(612) 238-4571   |   snesting@smumn.edu


Dr. Nestingen is the Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology. An Associate Professor, Dr. Nestingen has taught in the doctoral program since 2010 and been a member of the training department since 2013. Dr. Nestingen serves as the coordinator for the individualized mentorship program. 

Dr. Nestingen is an avid reader, is committed to life long learning, enjoys hiking, biking, scrabble and cooking. She is active in her community in a variety of ways and serves on the The Anti-Racism Leadership Team in her faith community. 

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Dr. Nestingen actively participates in ongoing qualitative research. Other teaching and clinical interests include mentoring, spirituality, social justice, feminism, clinical consultation and supervision, attachment and resilience throughout the lifespan. 

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Advanced Developmental Psychology; Supervision and Consultation; Practicum; Clinical Issues in Aging; Counseling with Children and Families; Proseminar; and Advanced Psychopathology. In the Master’s Program Dr. Nestingen teaches a practicum class and has taught Psychopathology and Psychological Theories and Techniques.

  • Professional Organizations

    Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) 1992-present. Committee membership: MPA Ethics Committee 1196-2000; 2014 - current  and the MPA Diversity Committee 2015- current 

    American Psychological Association (APA). 2000-2005; 2009 - current 

    Minnesota Women in Psychology,

  • Education

    University of St. Thomas, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology; Adler Institute, Chicago, Ill,

    M.A. in Counseling Psychology; Augsburg College, B.A. Major, Sociology; Minor, Communications.  

    Doctoral Project: The Personal Affect of the Work of Therapy on Midlife, Mid-Career Female Therapists. Committee Members: Mary Hayes, Ph.D., L.P., Skip Nolan, Ph.D., L.P.

  • Experience

    Dr. Nestingen has been teaching at the graduate level courses since 2002. She was a Saint Mary’s University: Faculty Fellow in 2014-2015.

    Dr. Nestingen is licensed both as a psychologist and as a marriage and family therapist and has maintained a private psychotherapy, consultation, and public speaking practice since the late 1980’s. Dr. Nestingen works with individuals and couples with a wide range of issues including depression, grief, loss, trauma, sexuality, anxiety, and developmental issues throughout the lifespan. Dr. Nestingen is a public speaker and serves as a consultant on issues related to mental health, resilience, and well being across the lifespan.