This is the start of my 7th year as a counselor educator. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in May 2012. My dissertation was on counselor competency in working with people with disabilities, which is an area I continue to research, consult, and present on.
I received my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East TN State University in Johnson City, TN. After I received my master's degree, I worked in student affairs for three years in the roles of resident director, undergraduate admissions counselor, and residence life area coordinator.
In addition to my work experience in student affairs, I have provided counseling services community agencies in Norfolk, VA and Chicago. I have also conducted several workshops for Chicago community agencies in the areas of multiculturalism, diversity, and microaggressions in the workplace.
I currently hold several counseling leadership positions:
President-Elect, IL Counselor Education and Supervision
Secretary, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
Secretary, IL Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
Chair, IL Counseling Association Professional Development Committee
Chair, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Advocacy and Public Policy Committee
On a personal note, I have lived in Chicago for about three years now and I love it! In my spare time, I enjoy watching my favorite shows (Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory) and/or watching reruns of my favorite shows (Living Single, How I Met Your Mother, and Friends). I also enjoy running (I have completed a few half marathons since moving to Chicago), listening to music, spending time with my family and friends, and exploring the city.
Since graduating with my Ph.D., I have presented over 15 times at the national and state level on topics surrounding disability related issues, LGBTQI+ issues, social justice and advocacy, pedagogy in counselor education, and assessment in counseling.
My current research interest include cultural competency as it relates to individuals with disabilities and the LGBTQI+ population, intersectionality of cultural identities, student affairs and college student development, and best practices in assessment and research in counseling.