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Please share research opportunities with vscatechnologychair@gmail.com.  Research opportunities will be posted for 30 days or until closing date of the study.

February 28, 2021 - Virginia Commonwealth University

My name is Mitchell Waters and I am a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Philip Gnilka, an Associate professor at VCU and I are conducting this longitudinal study.

You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a school counselor or a school counselor in training. The purpose of this research study is to understand how personal characteristics and ways of coping among school counselors may influence their overall wellbeing. The information we learn from this study may help us better understand what personal characteristics may be related to your perception of your job as a school counselor.

In order to participate, you need to be at least 18 years old and either employed as a school counselor or actively participating in your practicum/internship. Participation includes filling out a 10-15 minute initial survey and the option of follow-up surveys every 3 months. You have the option to stop participating in the study at any time. In this study, you will not have any more risks than you would in a normal day of life. Because the study asks about your personal feelings and satisfaction about your job, there is a remote possibility that participation may cause you to experience mild discomfort. You do not have to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable answering.

To participate in this study, please click on the link: https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=WTPXHPJKF4

This research has been approved by the Virginia Commonwealth University Institutional Review Board (November 20, 2020; IRB #HM20012293)

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Philip Gnilka Ph.D. (pbgnilka@vcu.edu) or Mitchell Waters, MA, LPC (watersj3@vcu.edu). We offer our sincere thanks for considering this request.

February 16, 2021 - Bellarmine University

My name is Tommy Wells, and I am an assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. I am currently conducting a survey for school counselors titled “School counselor perceptions and knowledge of trauma-informed practices.”


You are invited to participate in this study if you are currently serving as a school counselor. The purpose of the study is to better understand school counselors’ perspectives and knowledge on supporting students experiencing child traumatic stress and promoting school-wide initiatives via a mixed-methods survey.


This study has been approved by the Bellarmine University Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Participants will complete an anonymous survey that includes a demographics questionnaire; all responses will remain confidential. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have questions about this study, please feel free to contact me at twells@bellarmine.edu.


If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0V5iWxVqfOYowNn


Thank you!

Tommy Wells, EdD, LMHC, NCSC, CTP-C

Assistant Professor of Education

February 16, 2021 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

My name is Loidaly González-Rosario and I am a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am completing this study as a part of dissertation.

You are invited to participate in this study UTK IRB-20-06190-XM entitled, School Counselor Use of Creative Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. The purpose of the research study is to explore how elementary school counselors support the socioemotional development of their elementary English Language Learners. Results may improve our understanding of how school counselors can bridge the communication gap in service delivery.

During this study, you will be asked to complete the Multicultural Counseling Knowledge and Awareness Scale (MCKAS-R) – Knowledge Subscale, The Multicultural School Counseling Behavior Scale (MSCBS) – Interventions Subscale, a school counselor self-efficacy with ELLs scale, and a few demographic questions. It should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Regardless of your agreement to participate, you will be prompted to enter a drawing for one of six $15 Amazon gift cards. Additionally, for each completed survey, I will donate $1 to Colorín Colorado, a national advocacy organization for English language learners.

Participation in this study is limited to individuals who meet the ALL of the following inclusion criteria:

1. Hold an active full or temporary license as a professional school counselor.

2. Have a minimum of one-year experience as a school counselor.

3. Have counseling experience in the elementary setting within the last five years.

4. Have a minimum estimated percentage >1% of English languages learners enrolled in your school.

Your participation in this study could impact the ways in which professional school counselors meet the academic, socioemotional, and career needs of English language learners. All the information and responses in this survey are anonymous.

If you have questions about this study, please feel free to contact me via email at lgonza21@vols.utk.edu. You may also contact my Committee Chair, Dr. Melinda Gibbons at mgibbon2@utk.edu. If you do not meet the criteria for the study, please forward this email along to school counselors or school counseling alumni that you believe may be interested in participating in this study. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Please click this link to read the informed consent and take the surveys: tiny.utk.edu/ELLSurvey

Thank you,

Loidaly M. González-Rosario

Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education

University of Tennessee, Knoxville


February 10, 2021 - University of Wyoming

We are seeking individuals to participate in a research study that focuses on mental health professionals who identify as immigrants to the US. The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which the unique experiences of immigrant-identified mental health professionals impact and predict their overall well-being. Individuals who identify as immigrant mental health professionals are eligible for participation in the study. Mental health professional eligible for this study include Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Addictions Specialists, and School Counselors. 
We broadly define immigrants to include 1.) individuals who were born in a country besides the United States and immigrated to the United States at any point after birth, 2.) individuals who have begun or completed the naturalization process to become a United States citizen, or 3.) individuals who were born in the United States but lived a significant portion of their lives in another country. 

This study has been approved by the University of Wyoming Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous survey and a demographics questionnaire. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and all information will be kept confidential. After the completion of the online survey instrument, you will be given access to a free one-hour telehealth ethics webinar. Upon completing the webinar, you can take a short quiz and download a CE certificate that would not be eligible for NBCC credit but should meet criteria for state licensing renewal.  

If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below:
Dr. Amanda DeDiego, University of Wyoming (adediego@uwyo.edu
Dr. Dareen Basma, Carnegie Mellon University (dbasma@andrew.cmu.edu)
Dr. Isabel Farrell, Wake Forest University (farrelic@wfu.edu)
Dr. Kara Hurt-Avila, Montana State University (kara.hurtavila@montana.edu)

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