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 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 4/11/22

Project Title: School Counseling Needs Assessment for Suicide Risk Assessment

Principal Investigator: Laura Gallo

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from The University of Iowa.  The purpose of the study is to gather information on the needs of school counselors related to suicide risk assessments.  

If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete a 10-15 minute survey. There is a link provided to an electronic survey with 22 questions. You do not have to answer all of the questions. You will not be contacted after participating, and participation is voluntary. You can withdraw from the research at any time

We will keep the information you provide confidential, however federal regulatory agencies and the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies) may inspect and copy records pertaining to this research. We may share the data we collect in this research study with other researchers so they can use the data for other studies in the future. We will not share your name or any other private identifiable information that would let the researchers know who you are. We will not ask you for additional permission to share this de-identified information.

If there is any identifiable information in your answers, it will be de identified before being used. The information will be kept completely anonymous.  If we write a report about this study we will do so in such a way that you cannot be identified.

After participating in the survey, you can choose to enter your email for a chance to win one of 50, $20 Amazon gift cards that will be randomly drawn. The emails will be kept separate from the survey answers and cannot be connected to each other.

If you have questions about the rights of research subjects, please contact the Human Subjects Office, 105 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, 600 Newton Rd, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA  52242-1098, (319) 335-6564, or e-mail

We encourage you to ask questions.  If you have any questions about the research study itself, please contact: Dr. Laura Gallo, 319-467-4354 or by email at

Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study. 

 Link to the survey:

Dr. Laura Gallo
Assistant Professor
University of Iowa

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


Posted 3/16/22

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED Thank you in advance for your assistance Perceptions of Careers in the Agriculture Industry Survey .

Study Title: High School Counselor Perceptions of Careers in the Agriculture Industry 
Principal Investigator: Meredith C. Arrington 
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Bryan Bourke  

I am a teacher and doctoral candidate at Murray State University. I am completing my research on High School Counselor Perceptions of Careers in the Agriculture Industry. I am curious to see if there is a correlation among background experiences, geographic location, demographics, in relation to some of the stereotypes in the agriculture sector.

You have been identified as a high school counselor  in the state of Georgia.  You are being asked to voluntarily participate in a research study about perceptions of careers in the agricultural industry.  This research study is intended to assess your perceptions as related to background knowledge or experiences in agriculture. The survey should take no more than 15 min to complete.

Your responses to this questionnaire will greatly assist in assessing the baseline of knowledge related to careers in the agriculture industry.  It could lead to the expansion of education efforts and distribution of valuable information relating to the agriculture industry. As well as,  focusing on recruitment efforts to ensure qualified young people are entering the agriculture industry. 

There are no known risks to your participation in completing this questionnaire.  Your participation is voluntary.  You may answer some or none of the questions.  Your results will be kept confidential; your name will be in no way associated with your responses.  

If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject, you may contact  Murray State University.  Completing this questionnaire implies that you are giving permission to use your responses for research purposes.

Perceptions of Careers in the Agriculture Industry Survey


Meredith C. Arrington, M. Ed, Ed. S

Doctoral Candidate Murray State University

Posted 3/4/22

My name is J. Anthony Elizondo and I am a former school counselor and a current doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am reaching out to you for assistance in recruiting for my dissertation study which is on the creation of a measure, the School Counselor Office Environment Evaluation (SCOFFEE). The measure is meant to assist school counselors in assessing the therapeutic nature of their counseling space and to assist them in advocating for better spaces if necessary. I am passionate about creating this measure to advocate and support school counselors, but this conviction presents challenges; I must have over 200 participants for study in order to validate my measure. Participants will have the opportunity to win two $25 Amazon gift cards.

If you would participate you can do so by clicking here

Thank you,
J. Anthony Elizondo

Posted 12/20/21

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS Thank you in advance for your support.
Feel Free to pass on the survey to qualifying participants
Study Title: School Counselor Professional Identity in Relation to Postgraduate Supervision
Principal Investigator: Melissa R. Mecadon-Mann
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Malti Tuttle


Dear School Counselor,

My name is Melissa Mecadon-Mann and I am a doctoral candidate with Auburn University. I am completing my research dissertation titled School Counselor Professional Identity in Relation to Post-master’s Supervision. I plan to examine the relationship between school counselor professional identity and experiences in postgraduate clinical supervision.

I am inviting you to participate in a research study about school counselor professional identity. You are being asked to participate because you are a school counselor. The procedure involves completing a survey that will take approximately 20-25 minutes. The survey questions will be about your role as a school counselor; you will have the opportunity to rate yourself in regard to how much you agree or disagree with specific statements. Through your participation I hope to understand school counselor professional identity in relation to formal supervision experiences. You must be at least 19 years old to participate. Please click here to participate in this research study.

Your privacy will be protected and confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. Your responses will be treated as anonymous and will not be linked to your identity. I might use the survey data for future research studies and I might share the non-identifiable survey data with other researchers for future research studies without additional consent from you.

If you have any questions about completing the survey or about being in this study, you may contact me via email at You may also contact my research advisor, Dr. Malti Tuttle at If you have further questions or concerns about your rights as a participant in this study, contact the Auburn University Office of Research Compliance at (334) 844-5966 or

By completing this survey, you are indicating that you are at least 19 years old, have read this document, have had any questions answered, and voluntarily agree to take part in this research study. You may print a copy of this consent agreement for your records.



Melissa R. Mecadon-Mann, M. Ed., APC, NCC
Doctoral Candidate, Auburn University

Posted 12/8/21

Dear Recipient:

As a faculty member in the School of Behavioral Sciences’ Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies at Liberty University, I am leading a team conducting research to better understand the experience of virtual school counselors before and after the onset of COVID-19. The purpose of our research is to understand the differences in the roles, responsibilities, and effectiveness of virtual school counselors before and since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am writing to invite eligible participants to join our study. 

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and certified virtual school counselors since January 2017 or earlier (at least 3 years of virtual school counseling experience prior to COVID-19). Participants, if willing, will be asked to do a recorded, virtual interview with one of the researchers. It should take approximately an hour to complete the procedure listed. Participants will have the opportunity to review their interview transcripts for accuracy 2 weeks after the interview. Names and other identifying information will be requested as part of this study, but the information will remain confidential.

In order to participate, please contact me at for more information and to schedule an interview. 

A consent document will be emailed to you prior to the interview. The consent document contains additional information about my research. Please sign the consent document and return it to me via email or otherwise prior to or at the time of the interview. 

This study has been approved by the Liberty University IRB.


Dr. Robert Pincus
Assistant Professor, Liberty University

Posted 11/15/21

Hello School Counselors,  

My name is Lauren Clark, a doctoral candidate under the direction of my dissertation chair, Dr. Roxane L. Dufrene in the Counselor Education Program at the University of New Orleans. To fulfill my doctoral dissertation requirements, I am developing a preventative assessment for school violence. I am asking you to complete the Interdisciplinary School Violence Prevention Assessment (ISVPA) on one student who you remember as being in the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade who has been impacted by the factors included on the ISVPA and complete a demographic questionnaire.  

If you are a sixth, seventh, or eighth grade school counselor; you are eligible to participate. 

The anonymous research will take 15-20 minutes to complete and has been approved by the University of New Orleans IRB. Your participation is voluntary, anonymous, and greatly appreciated. You are able to choose not to participate or withdraw at anytime with no penalty. Data collected may be published, but a participant’s confidential information (e.g., your name) will not be disclosed. Completion of the research will be considered your consent to participate. Your IP address will not be collected. However, as in most internet communication, a record of exchange may occur in a cache somewhere on the computer system or internet service provider’s log file. As a precaution, it is suggested that you delete your temporary internet files. 

If you agree to participate, please click here: 

If you have any questions, please contact me via email at If you have any questions about your rights as a participant or if you feel that you have been placed at risk, you can contact me at or Dr. Ann O’Hanlon at the University of New Orleans at 504-280-3990.  

Thank you in advance for your time, 

Lauren Clark, MS, LPC, NCC