Research & Best Practice Award Grants

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now open to fund innovative best practices and research studies related to counselor education and supervision. SACES will fund up to six proposals, of up to $500 each. This grant competition is open to both professional and student members of SACES. Because of their need and because of the limited funding available for student research, student researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal.  The deadline for submission is August 12, 2016, 11:59 EST.

Research Grant Recipients


Nikki Elston, Laura Shannonhouse, Amanda Rumsey, Mary Chase Mize, and Yung-Wei Dennis Lin
Georgia State University
Suicide Training in Counselor Preparation: Behavioral Observations of Counselor Trainees’ Suicide Intervention Skills

Caitlyn McKinzie and Gulnora Hundley
University of Central Florida
Anxiety and Cortisol Levels Amongst College Students: An Exploratory Investigation of the Effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training

Marina Vladimir
University of Texas – San Antonio
Lived Experiences of Non-Offending Fathers with Children who Survived Sexual Abuse

Shaywanna Harris and Glenn Lambie
University of Central Florida
An Investigation of the Relationship between Supervisors’ Self-Efficacy and Supervisees’ Satisfaction in the Supervisory Relationship.

Melissa Zeligman, Ramona Grad
Georgia State University
The Use of Mindfulness/Meditation in Skill Development for Counselors in Training

Katherine Feather
University of South Carolina
Counselor Competencies Working with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Phenomenological Investigation

Merry Leigh Dameron, Ami Camp, and Sejal Parikh Fox
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Multicultural Education and Perceived Multicultural Competency of School Counselors


Ariel Winston
Counselor Educators' Multicultural Competencies: Understanding Relationships between Race and Ethnic Identity Awareness

Courtney Holmes and Chris Reid
A Comparison Study of Traditional and Distance Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

Emi Lenes, Katie Fields, and Jacqueline Swank; University of Florida
Body Whispers of Counselor Education Students: A Phenomenological  Inquiry

Katherine Feather
Preparing School Counselors to Assist Students with Disabilities: Rethinking Training, Competencies, and Standards in Counselor Education

Tiffany Rogers
Examining the Effect of Feminist Self-Labeling and Feminist Perspectives on Self-Efficacy of Undergraduate Students

Sandy-Ann Maria Griffith and Mike Kalkbrenner
Attendance in Counseling by Counselors: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Counseling


Melissa Fickling; University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Career Counselors' Perspectives on Advocacy Behaviors

Dodie Limberg, Kimberly Dawes, Jonathan Ohrt, & Casey Barrio-Minton
University of South Carolina and University of North Texas
Research Identity Development of Counselor Education Doctoral Students: A Qualitative Investigation

Marlise Lonn; University of Texas at San Antonio
Supervisees' Experiences of Role Ambiguity and Disclosure Experiences in Triadic Supervision: A Phenomenological Study of Counseling Students

Corrine Sackett & Alyssa Jenkins; Clemson University
Advocacy in Childhood Obesity: Examining Adolescent Girls' Perspectives through Photovoice

Marcella Stark, Angie Wilson, & Jennifer Boswell

Texas Christian University, Texas A & M University-Commerce, and University of Houston - Victoria
Determining the Mentoring Needs of Counseling Students and Junior Faculty

Melissa Swartz; University of South Carolina
Becoming an Advocate: Perceptions of Exemplar Counselor Advocates


Bethany Garr; University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Out of Harm’s Way: The Role of Clinical Supervision in the Prevention and Alleviation of Vicarious Trauma and Promotion of Vicarious Growth

Caroline O'Hara; Georgia State University
The Relationships among the Experiences of Racial Microaggressions in Supervision, Traumatic Experiences, and the Supervisory Working Alliance in Professional Counselors and Counselors-in-Training

Raissa MIller; University of North Texas
Experiences in Learning Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Hanna Lainas; University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Research: The Relationship between Supervisory Working Alliance and Supervisees’ Client Outcomes

Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett; College of William & Mary  
Epistemological Ties that Bind: A Developmental Approach for Exploring Counseling Trainees’ Constructions of Personal and Professional Identity

Daniel Guiterrez; University of Central Florida
Research: The Influence of Meditation on the Emotional Intelligence and stress levels, of Student Counselors


Chastity Hope Bell

Janee’ R. Avent

Patrick R. Mullen

Lucy Lewis

Jennifer M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Wanda Briggs Ph.D.


Julie Ballinger and Casey Barrio-Minton; University of North Texas

Laura Shannonhouse and Jane Myers; University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Melissa Alverado; University at Texas- Brownsville

Abigail Conley North; Carolina State University

Johnathan Ohrt and Elizabeth Prosek
; University of North Texas

Tamekia Bell; Old Dominion University


Sejal Mehta; University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Laura Boyd Farmer; Virginia Tech

Robyn L. Lower; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

John F. Kennedy; Regent University

Veronica J. Motley; Argosy University

Kathryn L. Henderson; University of Texas San Antonio


Karen Cathey-Austin; University of Mississippi

Melodie H. Frick; University of Virginia

Amanda C. Healey; Old Dominion University

Amy T. Carrier; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Christine E. Murray and Amber L. Pope; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Julia Y. Porter and Mary Ann Hollingsworth; Mississippi State University-Meridian

Breyan N. Williams-Haizlip; Old Dominion University

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