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 comittee before it will be posted.

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

Posted on 2/10/21

My name is Tommy Wells, and I am an assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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.

Link to the survey: 

Thank you!

IRB 888

Posted on 2/9/21

Dear Fellow School Counselor:

As a student in the School of Behavioral Sciences at Liberty University, I am conducting research as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. The purpose of my research is to understand the lived virtual school counseling experience amid COVID-19 for elementary school counselors in Georgia, and I am writing to invite eligible participants to join my study.

Participants must have been certified and employed in the state of Georgia as a school counselor working in the elementary setting between August 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020. Participants, if willing, will be asked to participant in a recorded interview (approximately 60-90 minutes) and member checking (estimated 20-30 minutes). Names and other identifying information will be requested as part of this study, but the information will remain confidential. Pseudonyms will be provided to protect the participants’ privacy.      

In order to participate, please contact me at 762.207.4340 or for more information and to schedule an interview.

A consent document is included with this letter. The consent document contains additional information about my research. Please sign the consent document and return it to me via email at least two days prior to the interview.

Participants will receive a $25 Visa gift card for completing the interview and member checking. 


Tawonda M. Hunter
Doctoral Candidate


IRB FY-20-21-353

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