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 8/24/21

Dear Respondent,

My name is Alaina Moore. I am an undergraduate research student at Mercer University. I am conducting a research study about the perception of teletherapy after COVID- I9. The study investigates the perspective of therapists about their experience with teletherapy. I am emailing to ask if you would like to participate by completing a survey for this research project.

Mercer University's IRB requires investigators to provide informed consent to the research participants. If you would be interested in taking this survey, please click the following link for more information on how to participate: l fe/form/SV e8xOGSS4yLJOuDY.

If you have any questions about the study, contact the Principal Investigator Alaina Moore by phone, (786) 473-9750, or by sending an email to


University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed study

#(H2107139) and approved it on


Questions about your rights as a research participant: If you have questions about your rights as a research participant of if you are at any time dissatisfied with any part of this study, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Mercer University Institutional Review Board (IRB) by phone at (478) 301-4101 or by email at ORC_Research@Mercer.Edu.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation!

Posted 8/10/21

We are conducting a research study to learn more about rural school counselors and their experiences providing trauma-informed care in their schools and to their students! We hope you will consider sharing your experiences by participating in an interview with our research team. The research team includes faculty member, Dr. Tameka Grimes – who has focused her research on the experiences of rural school counselors and school counselor identity – two Counselor Education doctoral candidates and an Educational Psychology doctoral student.

To be eligible, participants must:

1) Be 18 or older
2) Work as a school counselor in a rural setting. Participants do not have to live in the same community where they work, nor live in a rural community. The school where participants work can be located in an area considered rural, even if the entire school system is not considered rural.
3) Have worked as a professional school counselor for at least one (1) academic year. Participants cannot be practicum students or interns.

All those interested are encouraged to complete the following eligibility questionnaire:

Eligible participants will be asked to share their experiences during a 1.5 – 2 hour interview via Zoom. Interviews will be recorded with participant permission. As compensation, participants may be granted Continuing Education Units for their participation in the interview. There may also be an opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop related to trauma-informed practices in school settings, though this opportunity is dependent upon adequate interest. Should this professional opportunity be offered, it will not be considered a part of the research procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tameka Grimes at

Posted 6/22/21

Dear Elementary School Counselor, 

You have been invited to participate in an online survey for elementary counselors. The purpose of this study is to learn about how elementary school counselors feel about antiracist practices and how they incorporate them into their work with students. 

This survey will only take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate in this study, your information will be kept confidential, and no names or email addresses will be identified with your responses. You may withdraw or decline without penalty at any time. 

Please click the following link to complete the survey. 

Your participation and time are greatly appreciated, especially during this tough year.

With gratitude,

Erin Mason, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS
Assistant Professor
GSCA 2020 Counselor Educator of the Year
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
College of Education and Human Development
Georgia State University

Posted 6/11/21

Dear School Counselor: 

We would like to invite you to participate in a short survey that will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. We are examining K-12 school counselors’ use of interventions in the areas of: academics, career and college planning and social and emotional support during the pandemic (March 2020-June 2021).  

Dr. Rebecca Vannest, Assistant Professor at Oakland University, and Dr. Angie Niforos, Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, in Michigan, are conducting research to understand school counselors’ interventions and experiences. There is no compensation for responding. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. This study has been approved by the Oakland University Institutional Review Board (IRB-FY2021-289). 

Thank you for taking the time to assist us in our research. If you require additional information or have questions please feel free to contact us at the email address listed below. If you are willing to participate, please click on the     Qualtrics Survey :     School Counselor Intervention Survey 

With gratitude for your consideration,  

Rebecca Vannest PhD, LPC, SCL, RPT-S, NCC,
Assistant Professor
Oakland University
Department of Counseling
Angie Niforos PhD, LPC, SCL, NCC
Adjunct Professor
Wayne State University
Department of Counseling

Posted 6/11/21

Dear School Counselors,

We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to contribute to the growing field of school counseling. This research study is being spearheaded by Dr. Rachel Saunders, an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati along with Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx, a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a team of research members. 

The purpose of this study is to explore a culturally responsive approach to school counseling in an attempt to create a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes success for all students. 

You are eligible to participate in this study if you: (a) a professional school counselor working in the school setting. 

Listed below is the link to the survey. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. 

If this topic is of interest to you, we are also looking for professional school counselors to participate in a qualitative interview on this topic to explore culturally responsive work in schools. If you would like to participate in a 30-45-minute interview, please reach out to one of the team members listed below. We appreciate your consideration. 

This study has been approved by the UNC Charlotte IRB (, IRB# 19-0785.

Thank you for considering to participate. 

Dr. Rachel Saunders (

Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx (

& Research Team Members

Posted on 6/11/21

Seeking school counselor participants: My name is Erin Friedman and I am currently conducting dissertation research regarding practicing school counselors and data behaviors of implementing and assessing comprehensive and developmental school counseling programs. I am seeking participants that: A) Graduated from a master’s-level school counselor training program in the United States, B) Currently hold licensure or certification as a school counselor in the United States, C) Currently employed and practicing as a professional school counselor in the United States, and D) Currently at least 18 years of age or older. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes. For more detailed information on this study and a link to the survey you can go to the following link:

If you have any questions you may contact Erin Friedman ( or my dissertation chair Dr. Melissa Luke (,

Posted 5/13/21

Compensated research announcement:

Seeking African American parents/guardians of a young adult with a disability for the parent perspectives on their child's postsecondary planning process while in high school.  Eligible participants who participate in 2 Zoom interviews will earn a $25 Amazon gift card. 

Young adult child ought to have received special education services (through an IEP) in high school under at least one of the following classifications: emotional behavioral disorder, mild intellectual disability, other health impaired, specific learning disability, or speech language impairment. 

Seeking those parents whose child left or graduated high school between 2017 and 2021. The end goal is to educate school counselors and other educators on how to better advocate for this population of parents and students during high school. 

For more information, please contact University of Georgia PhD student/school counselor Erin Kilpatrick: or 774-553-0045.

Posted 5/13/21

Dear Members of the Georgia School Counselor Association,

We are seeking to learn more about the experiences of high school counselors work with students experiencing homelessness. Would you consider sharing a link to our survey with your members? If so, the link is below:

You are invited to participate in a study exploring how school counselors are supporting youth experiencing homelessness going to college. Please help us to understand your knowledge and practices with this important population by completing this survey.

Please let me know if you wish to opt out of future emails for this survey.


Stacey Havlik, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Program Director of Counseling at Villanova University
Patrick Rowley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director of Counseling at Rosemont College
Dana Brookover, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Scranton and School Counselor

Posted on 3/31/21

Dear Participant,

 This letter is a request for you to take part in a research project exploring Rural School Counselors’ Lived Experiences Responding to the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia. This project is being conducted by Rawn Boulden, Ph.D. and Ms. Candice Brown in the Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences at West Virginia University.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to participate in a focus group in which you will be invited to share your experiences working as a school counselor in the Appalachia region of the United States, a region significantly impacted by the opioid crisis. Your participation in this project will take approximately 60 minutes.

Your involvement in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. While the focus group will be audio recorded, the recording will be deleted immediately following transcription. You will not be asked any questions that could lead back to your identity as a participant. It is important, however, to state that confidentiality cannot be ensured from the other persons in the focus group. Your participation is completely voluntary. There will be no negative consequences if you choose not to participate or withdraw their participation.  You may end your participation at any time West Virginia University's Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this project is on file.

If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to contact me at 757-406-0863 or by e-mail at If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the WVU Office of Human Research Protection by phone at 304-293-7073 or by email at

To participate in the study, please click on the following link:

I hope that you will participate in this research project, as it could help us better understand school counselors’ experiences responding to the opioid crisis, thus potentially informing counselor preparation and in-service needs. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Rawn Boulden, Ph.D. 

Posted on 3/4/21

Dear School Counselor,

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 below.

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. ( or Mitchell Waters, MA, LPC ( We offer our sincere thanks for considering this request.


Philip Gnilka, Ph.D. and Mitchell Waters, MA, LPC