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Supervision Needs of Novice Behavioral Health Clinicians in Integrated Primary Care Settings: A Delphi Study

PI: Nicholas Schmoyer, Old Dominion University

A Group EMDR Approach to Romantic Breakups: Mitigating Psychological Distress Experienced by College Students

PI: Sabrina Butler, LMHC, CASAC, University of Central Florida

Building Capacity in Urban Schools through University Partnerships: Implementation Fidelity

PI: Alexandra Frank and Dalena Dillman Taylor, University of Central Florida

Predictors of Anti-Racist Action Among Counseling Students

PI: Sean Newhart, Johns Hopkins University

Changing the Conversation on Addiction Through Curricular Intervention

PI: Amy L. Grybush, Wake Forest University

The Interplay of Feedback Literacy, Emotional Responses, and Supervisory Working Alliance, and Likelihood of Using Supervisory Feedback: A Moderation Analysis

PI: Yu Pan, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


An Investigation of the Change Process in Play Therapy with Children Exposed to ACEs

PI: Caitlin Frawley, University of Central Florida

Development and Validation of The Counselor Empathy Fatigue Scale (CEFS)

PI: Megan A. Whitbeck, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Development of a Wellness Group Protocol for College Students with Disabilities: A Pilot Study

PI: Madeline Saunders, University of South Carolina

Effects of Student Success Skills on Black Elementary School Student’s Sense of Belonging

PI: Kadeem Campbell, Florida Atlantic University

The Experiences of Counseling Students Related to Perfectionism Within Their Graduate Training

PI: Sara Ellison, Auburn University
Co-PI’s: Jessica M. Tyler and Malti Tuttle, Auburn University

Exploring the Experiences of Racially Marginalized Students in a Diversity Counseling Course

PI: Ileana Gonzalez, Johns Hopkins University

Why School Counseling? Developing a Grounded Theory of Selecting the Profession

PI: Kate Babb, University of Central Florida

Motivational Interviewing for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: A Single Case Design

PI: Laura C. Craven, University of South Carolina

The Impact of Colorism on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of South Asian American Women

PI: Aishwarya Nambiar, William & Mary

The Relational Experiences of Latinx Immigrant Couples: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

PI: Nicole Silverio, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Pregnancy and Childbirth as “Uphill Battles” for Black Women: The Initial Validation of the Pre-and Postpartum Form for Evaluating Race-Related Psychological Stressors (PP-FERRPS)

PI: Jasmine L. Garland McKinney, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Exploring Crisis Self-Efficacy for Counselors in Training

PI: Megan Whitbeck, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Co-PIs: Luke Vitaglinao, Kelly Wester, and Carrie Wachter Morris, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

What Makes a Cognitively Complex Counselor in Training?

PI: Alexandra Gantt, Old Dominion University

Rural School Counselors Broaching Conversations on Race with Students

PI: Regina Gavin Williams, North Carolina Central University

Co-PIs: Helen Lupton-Smith and Alyx Beckwith, North Carolina Central University

Investigating Job Search Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, & Hope Among for Unemployed Individuals: A Career Psychoeducation Intervention

PI: Galaxina Wright, University of Central Florida

The Use of Telehealth in Beneficial Post-COVID Coping for Young Adults

PI: Lea Herbert, University of Central Florida

A Phenomenological Study of a First Responders Experience of the Barriers, Stigma, and and the Counseling Session

PI: Ester Joy Hutchinson, University of Memphis

The Impact of Economic, Social, and Cultural Class Privilege in Counselor Education Programs

PI: Christina McGrath Fair, Florida International University
Co-PI: Frankie Fachilla, Walden University; Jennifer Greene-Rooks, Texas State University; Cynthia Miller; Lucy Parker-Barnes, Gannon University; and Jessica Z. Taylor, Central Methodist University


Exploring the Collaboration Experiences of English as a Second Language Teachers and School Counselors

PI: Lucy L. Purgason, Appalachian State University

Co-PI: Glenda Johnson, Appalachian State University

Process and Outcomes of a Skill-based Group for Counselors Committed to Anti-racism

PI: Kelly M. King, North Carolina Central University

Understanding the Embodiment of Micro-skills in Counselors in Training (CITs)

PI: Amirah R. Nelson, Idaho State University

Co-PIs: Seneka R. Arrington, Aishwarya Joshi, Lindsay Vik, and Kelsey Sarasqueta-Allen, Idaho State University

A Multiple Case Study of Counselor Educators’ Social Class Awareness and Pedagogy in Multicultural Counseling Courses

PI: Derrick L. Shepard, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Co-PI: Laura S. Wheat, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Counseling Supervisors’ Best Practices in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Supervision: A Q-Methodology Approach

PI: Yesim Giresunlu, Old Dominion University

A Path Analysis of Cultural Humility Between Multicultural Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs, and Skills (MCKAS) and Social Issues Advocacy among Master’s Counseling Students

PI: Christian D. Chan, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Co-PIs: Tahani Dari, University of Toledo; Ching-Chen Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Peitao Zhu, Northern Illinois University; Ne’Shaun J. Borden, Idaho State University


Adrienne Backer and Nancy Chae, William and Mary
An Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of the Supervisee’s Perception of Supervisor Competence Scale;

Joanna Rocha, Old Dominion University
Best Practices in Clinical Supervision: What Must Supervisees Do?

Nicola Meade and Yolanda Dupre, Old Dominion University, University of Louisiana Monroe
Fighting Endangerment: Race, Gender, and Power’s Affect on Female Faculty Retention

Frankie Fanchila, Trevecca Nazarene University
Private Practice Mental Health Counselors: An Investigation of Predictors for Burnout and Career Commitment 

Shreya Vashinav, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Racial Microaggressions, Faculty Mentoring, and Social Connectedness within Counselor Education Programs: Implications for Doctoral Students of Color

David Moran, Old Dominion University 
School Counselor Educators: A Grounded Theory of Career Interest and Satisfaction 

Erika Schmit; Nancy Thomas; Erin Kaszynski, Texas A&M University-Commerce
The Effect of Suicide Intervention Training on Counseling Students’ Perceived Competence: A Mixed Methods Approach


Melanie Burgess, Old Dominion University
The Psychometric Properties of a School Counseling Internship Competency Scale

Elizabeth Burgin and Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas
Addressing Military Populations in Counselor Training Programs: Exploring Cultural Competence, Political Beliefs, and Militaristic Attitudes

Alisa Houseknecht, University of Florida
Motivation, Support, and Belonging: Examining Factors that Affect the Persistence of Minority Students in Counseling Programs

Chi Li and Gulsah Kemer, Old Dominion University
Supervisory Working Alliance and Supervisee Disclosure in Supervision: Supervisee Role Ambiguity as a Mediator

Jessica Martin, Lamar University
Investigation of the Job Seeking Process, Work Environment, Mentorship, and Tenure Process of Female African American Counselor Educators: A Phenomenological Study 

Christie Nelson, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Daniel Gutierrez and Patrick Mullen, College of William and Mary
Investigating Supervisee Negative Affectivity, Mindfulness, and Self-transcendence within the Counseling Supervisory Relationship

Nancy Thacker, University of Tennessee

Marginalized Counselor Educators' Experiences Negotiating Personal Identity during Professional Identity Development


Sara Andrews, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Daniel Gutierrez, College of William & Mary
An Investigation Examining the Association between Counselor Burnout, Personal Resilience, and the Supervisory Relationship
Final Research Report

Ryan Cook, University of Alabama and Connie Jones,  University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Supervisor Cultural Humility as a Predictor of Supervisee Nondisclosure and Multicultural Competence
Final Research Report

Rachael Marshall and Melinda Gibbons, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Counselor Educators Wellness Levels Impact On How They Promote Wellness
Final Research Report

Sean Newhart and Colin Vaughn, College of William & Mary

Development of the Counseling Intervention Skills Competence Scale 
Mid-term Research Report

Laura Pignato , College of William & Mary
Improving Through Improv: Promoting Tolerance for Ambiguity and Counselor Development
Final Research Report pending

Brooke Wymer, University of South Carolina
Supervisory Experiences Related to Secondary Traumatic Stress of Supervisees Treating Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
Final Research Report


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 and 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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