Professional Research

GSCA does not distribute research surveys on behalf of members or the public.  However, in the interest of furthering the research that makes school counselors able to better themselves and assisting those who are in pursuit of higher degrees, we post surveys which have been screened by the GSCA Journal Editor for validity. We ask that school counselors participate as they are able in order to continue and support research in the field.

If you have a survey/research you would like posted below, please email  Please include the exact text you would like published and the IRB approval.   Your request will be reviewed and approved by our review committee before it will be posted.

Posted 9/16/22

Subject: Calling all New Professional Counselors 

You are invited to participate in a mixed methods study that explores new professional counselors’ crisis preparation experiences. Exploring your experiences (or lack thereof) in your graduate program will aid in understanding the current status of training programs and the next steps to improving crisis intervention training. We anticipate that the results from this study will bring awareness and provide implications for current practices that will support future counselors.  

This study consists of two parts: a) a questionnaire and b) an interview. Participants may choose to participate in the brief questionnaire but opt out of the interview. Participation is voluntary, and you can choose to discontinue participation at any time. The questionnaire will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. To begin the brief survey, click here,

At the end of the questionnaire, you can choose to participate in the recorded zoom semi-structured interview. It will take 45-60 minutes. If you are interested in participating in the interview portion, please contact the primary investigator, Dr. Karlesia Montague, at to indicate your interest. 

Eligibility criteria: (a) completed a master’s degree in counseling within the past two years and (b) currently working as a professional counselor in your respective state. Professional counselors include mental health, school, addiction, marriage and family, career, play therapy or rehabilitation.  

Participants can enter the drawing to receive a $20 Amazon gift card upon completion of the survey. There are no foreseeable risks associated with the questionnaire section of the study. However, those who choose to participate in the qualitative section may or may not experience some discomfort in answering questions about their experience intervening during a client crisis. Your participation and responses are and will remain confidential. No personal identifiable information will be associated with your response. Privacy settings in Qualtrics will be used to prevent the collection of identifiable data. Privacy settings in Zoom provide several security options including passcode, waiting room, or only authenticated users can join a meeting. A passcode will be generated when scheduling a meeting and require the passcode to join the meeting. This passcode is required for video meetings and if participants join by phone. Lastly, Zoom allows the host [researcher] to lock the meeting once all parties have joined. 

This study #1201669 has been approved by the North Carolina Central University Institutional Review Board [August 23, 2022]. Pertinent questions or concerns about the research, research participants' rights, and/or research-related injuries to participants should be directed to the IRB Chair at, or the Director of Research Director of Research Compliance, Undi Hoffler, PhD, at or 919-530-5140. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Karlesia Montague at  

Your participation is very important, and we appreciate you considering our request.  


PI- Karlesia Montague, PhD                                      Co-PI- Amy Grybush, PhD 

North Carolina Central University                             Wake Forest University 


Co-PI- Maylee Vazquez, PhD                                      Co-PI- Josh Smith, PhD 

North Carolina A&T State University                          University of Mount Olive 


Karlesia Montague, Ph.D., LCMHC, LCAS, NCC
Assistant Professor 
Counselor Education Program
Department of Counseling and Higher Education
North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Pronouns: She/her/hers Why do pronouns matter?

Posted 7/13/22

My name is Caroline Lucy and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Eastern Michigan University working with Dr. Alexandros Maragakis. We are conducting an online survey to better understand mental health providers’ use and beliefs about various evidence-based practices.

The survey should take approximately 10-30 minutes to complete, and participants will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card if they choose to enter their email at the end of the survey.

The survey can be accessed here:

Caroline Lucy, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Fellow | Eastern Michigan University
Pronouns: she/her

Posted 6/3/22

The WISE Wellness Lab at the University of Northern Colorado is currently conducting a study to understand the impact of secondary trauma on school personnel. The study has been approved by the University of Northern Colorado IRB (IRB# 2201034951). I am in the process of recruiting participants for my study and was wondering if you or anyone you know is eligible to participate.

This study will gather information about school personnel's exposure to secondary trauma and the effects it has on different aspects of their mental health such as burnout, retention, and quality of life. Participants who choose to participate in the survey can select the ANONYMOUS link below. Estimated survey completion time will be 10-15 minutes. Interested participants must:

- Be at least 18 years old to consent to participate
- Currently work in a school
- Fluent in English


Participants will be entered to win 1 of 10 $50 gift cards upon completion of this survey! At the end of the survey, you will be redirected to a different link where you can provide your name and email to be entered in the raffle. This email will not be associated with your responses. Thank you for participating in our study!

Please feel free to e-mail or call 970-351-3044 if you have any questions. Thank you kindly,

Approved by University of Northern Colorado Institutional Review Board

Breanna L. King, B.S.

Ph.D. Student | Department of School Psychology
Treasurer | School Psychology Student Organization

Posted on 4/20/22

Project Title: An evaluation of the Liv2BMe social media mentoring program
Principal Investigator: Duke Biber, PhD
Approval Number:  Biber-IRB-3-17-22, IRB Office, University of West GA

GA Counselors, we seek your assistance in empowering teen girls (ages 13-17) through an evidence-based, peer-resiliency mentoring program.  This spring we are hoping to engage with 100 girls ages 13-17 who are interested in participating in a 4 week program that has shown to improve mindfulness, healthy coping skills and other resiliency builders.  

Please share this link with any students who might be interested (  They can benefit from the free program and college student mentorship being offered.

More about the program and research team is available here.

The Liv2BMe social media application focuses on creating a supportive, online communicative environment where teen girls can interact with their peers and undergraduate mentors. The goal for participants of the Liv2Bme app is to reduce the harmful impacts of social media such as self-esteem issues, social isolation issues, and eating disorders. This is accomplished by training undergraduate females in mental health literacy to mentor teenage girls on the Liv2BMe social media platform through posts and conversations on a live feed. This is important because initial research has found that mentor-based relationships among the target population have been shown to increase feelings of social connectedness, feelings of belonging, self-esteem, and decrease feelings of depression (King et. al., 2018) and increase both academic and professional success (Asgari & Carter, 2016).

The Liv2BMe mentoring program is being implemented across the state of Georgia with teenage girls as mentees and university females as trained mentors. The purpose of the current study is to evaluate the impact of 1) the Liv2BMe social media program on teenage girl mental and behavioral health, and 2) the undergraduate female experiences as mentors. The University of West Georgia is the evaluator of the program. The purpose of this IRB is to seek participant approval for release and analysis of anonymous quantitative and qualitative data that is already being collected as part of the Liv2BMe program.

Posted 3/29/22

Measuring School Counselors' Clinical Skills             

You are being asked to participate in a research study for a class project. Before you give your consent to volunteer, it is important that you read the following information and ask as many questions as necessary to be sure you understand what you will be asked to do. We are interested in understanding professional school counselors' confidence level in their clinical skills.  You will be presented with information relevant to clinical skills representative of a professional school counselor and asked to answer some questions about it. Please be assured that your responses will be kept completely confidential.

The study should take you around 20 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any point during the study, for any reason, and without any prejudice. 

Purpose of the Research 
The purpose of this class project is for students enrolled in Mercer University’s COUN 701, a PhD-level advanced psychometrics course, to learn to develop and begin to validate an instrument measuring a psychological construct. To satisfy this course requirement, I am developing an instrument that measures the clinical skill development of professional school counselors. Data collected through this study will be used for in-class discussions and the class final paper assignment. This project was developed to help students understand how to develop a valid and reliable measure to understand a psychological construct.

Priscilla Powers Ed.S., LPC, NCC, NCSC
North Paulding High School
School Counselor Cb-Ga
770.443.9400 x42006 

Posted 3/29/22

Hello Fellow Counselors!

I am, Palmetta Hodges, a doctoral candidate at University of West Georgia soliciting your help for a research study concerning school counseling advocacy for African American students. I am interested in learning how you used your “social justice” hat to address the needs of your African American students’ amid pandemic-related changes such as school closures, virtual counseling, and shifting roles and responsibilities. Please consider participating in this confidential 30–45-minute Zoom interview and click on the link below for informed consent and demographic questions. All responses are anonymous, you can terminate at any time, and your information will remain confidential. Feel free to contact me if you any questions about this study.

Participation Criteria
• Certified K-12 school counselor
• Employed at Title 1 School
• Student population is at least 50% African American
• Counseling program utilizes components of ASCA National Model

Survey Link:

Thank you in advance for your support.


Palmetta Hodges

Doctoral Candidate, University of West Georgia, / 706-756-5136