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 you would like posted below, please email

Posted on 1/18/21

I am a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America conducting this study with Dr. Brendan Rich. We hope to understand how school mental health providers use information from different sources to think about and use interventions. We are specifically looking for participation from individuals who provide mental health services to elementary or middle school students. The results of this study will help improve the process of establishing useful mental health interventions in schools.

The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous. Your participation is also completely voluntary, and you are free to stop participating at any time. Your help is greatly appreciated! To begin the survey, please click on this link:

This study is being conducted as part of dissertation research and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at The Catholic University of America. If you have any questions or comments about the study, please contact me at or Dr. Rich at


Thank you,

Sheina Godovich
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
The Catholic University of America

IRB 20-0038

Posted on 12/23/20

Call for research participants

My name is Jeremy Shain and I am a middle school counselor in Georgia and a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University.  I am conducting a qualitative research study and invite you to review the following information:

TITLE OF STUDY: A Phenomenological Study of the experiences of Rural School Counselors in the state of Georgia in Supporting and Advocating for LGBTQ+ Students Pre- and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/DISSERTATION CHAIR: Dr. Deborah Rubel, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS: Certified, middle and/or high school counselors working with LGBTQ+ students in a public school in a rural county in Georgia. Eligible participants will have completed at least two (2) years of work in their current school.

PROCESS: Upon successful screening, participants will engage in two (2) separate qualitative interviews, conducted via zoom, geared at gathering data regarding their personal experience counseling work with LGBTQ+ students and advocacy work with professional colleagues on behalf of LGBTQ+ students, both pre-COVID and during the pandemic.  Each interview session will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Participant names, names of students, names of schools, names of counties, and other identifying information will be kept confidential.

Please email to receive a screening form (google form) and a copy of the informed consent.  Potential participants are encouraged to use a personal email account for communication to further protect privacy.

Thank you for considering participating in this research opportunity!

Jeremy D. Shain, Ed.S., LPC

Posted on 11/24/20

The Nature of Burnout and Perception of Support in School Counselors and its Effect on College and Career Counseling Self-Efficacy

Hello, my name is J. Anthony Elizondo, and I am a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Research has been done in burnout related to school counselors, but the relationship between burnout and perceived support has not been examined in school counseling.  I am inviting you to contribute to a study that does just that, while also looking at how burnout and perceived support relate to school counselor self-efficacy in delivering college and career counseling.  The goal of this study is to examine these relationships to ultimately help school counselors maintain their mental health and serve their students, and to also to help school counselor educators better prepare school counselors for their careers. The more we understand about the experiences of school counselors, the better equipped we will be to prepare and support them, and to promote longevity in the field.

The survey is available online and you can access it with this link (  The survey includes a demographic questionnaire and measures for burnout, staff support, and school counselor self-efficacy in delivering college and career counseling. This survey should take roughly ten minutes to complete.  Participation in voluntary and to ensure responses remain confidential, we are not collecting personal or identifying information.  As a former school counselor, I know your time is valuable and I want to sincerely thank you for investing your time in my research.  There will be no success without your support.  Thank you.

If you have questions concerning the study, contact the principal investigator, J. Anthony Elizondo at (828) 641-8638 or by email at  You may also contact the faculty advisor for this study, Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx at (704) 687-8963 or by email at

Posted on 10/1/20

Examining School Counselor’s Multicultural Competency When Working with  Undocumented Students

If you identify as a school counselor, you are being invited to participate in a research study about school counselor’s multicultural competency with undocumented students. This study is being conducted by Dr. Shekila Melchior ( at George Mason University. 

Study link:

The benefits of the study will be the contributions made to the literature as it relates to multicultural competency and school counselor’s work with undocumented populations.  The questionnaire(s) will take about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

For your participation in this study you will have the opportunity to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. You do not have to participate in the raffle and you may withdraw from this study at any time. You are free to stop answering questions at any time or decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason. You must complete the survey to be eligible for the raffle. 


This research is being conducted Dr. Shekila Melchior of CEHD’s Counseling program at George Mason University. Dr. Melchior may be reached at for questions, to report a research-related problem, or to request a copy of any published reports. You may contact the George Mason University Institutional Review Board office at 703-993-4121 or if you have questions or comments regarding your rights as a participant in the research.

This research has been reviewed according to George Mason University procedures governing your participation in this research. 

IRB#: 1610771-1