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 9/11/23

The Transforming School Counseling workgroup through the ACES School Counseling Interest Network invites participants for an IRB-approved study. The research question to be answered is: What changes are needed in order to effectively prepare emerging school counselors to meet the needs of PreK-12 students in the 21st century?
This research study includes three surveys that will each take about 10-30 minutes to complete. After each round of surveys, over a period of a few weeks, data will be analyzed to formulate the next round of surveys, getting more detail about school counseling training each round. You are invited to fill out our participant interest survey if you meet at least two of the following criteria:
• Current or former licensed/certified school counselor with at least 2 years of experience in that role
• Current, full-time school counselor educator for at least 5 years
• Have served in a leadership position in state, regional, or national school counseling and/or counselor education association within the past 5 years
• Minimum of 2 peer-reviewed publications on school counseling topics within the past 5 years
If you meet the criteria and are interested in participating in the study, please click here for next steps.

Posted 8/18/23

Dear GSCA Members,

My name is Priscilla Powers, and I have been a school counselor in Georgia for 16 years. I am a doctoral candidate at Mercer University, and I am studying the definition of clinical skills for school counselors. Please consider joining the expert panel for this Delphi study on the clinical skills recommended for school counselors.

Title of Project: Defining Clinical Skills for School Counselors
Investigator Name: Priscilla Powers
Email Contact Information:

You are invited to participate in an online survey for a research project conducted through Mercer University. Mercer University’s IRB requires investigators to provide informed consent to the research participants. The purpose of this online research study is to determine what, if any, clinical skills are recommended for school counselors. Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of clinical skills for school counselors. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation! The link to the qualifying survey is below:

Priscilla Powers Ed.S., LPC, NCC, NCSC
North Paulding High School

Posted 8/16/23

Dear school counselor,

You are invited to take part in a research study because you are a school counselor in the United States. Please read this form carefully before deciding whether to participate.

The purpose of the study is to better understand school counselors’ adult social emotional skills through an online survey. 

Participation in this study is voluntary and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are free to not answer any question or to withdraw from participation at any time without penalty.

If you would like to participate, here is a link to the survey: 

Thank you,

Alexandra J. Taylor, PhD

Posted 4/25/23


My name is Alan Miller, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education at Syracuse University. I have been a school counselor for 15 years, currently working at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. I am conducting my dissertation research focused on the leadership practices of school counselors related to their experience of burnout, caseload, and training experience. 

My IRB-approved study should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You must be a currently practicing school counselor to participate. Please follow the link below, which will take you to the description of the survey, informed consent, and the survey questionnaire. I know your time is valuable, and I appreciate your support!

Posted 3/8/23

Dear GSCA members,

My name is Jihyeon Choi, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education program at The Ohio State University. For my dissertation, I am developing the Multicultural and Social Justice School Counseling Competencies Scale (MSJSCCS).

Multicultural and social justice school counseling is at the core of our profession, and we need to be advancing this work. Would you be able to consider participating in this study so that this scale can be used for school counselors and trainees? In order to participate in this study, you need to be a:

  • current school counselor OR
  • school counseling master's student who completed at least one semester of practicum

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this survey. An anonymous survey link will be utilized when collecting data, and the demographic information will be reported in an aggregated form. Therefore, it is impossible to identify a certain individual based on the collected data.

Here is the link to the survey: 

In appreciation of your participation, 10 participants will be randomly drawn and provided with a $50 gift card.
If you have any questions or concerns about this study, feel free to reach out to me at Thank you.

Jihyeon Choi

Jihyeon Choi (she/her/hers)
Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education
Graduate Teaching Associate
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University

Posted 2/16/23

Researcher: Tiffany Taylor (student at Walden University)

Title of Study: Public Elementary School Counselors Experiences Serving Military-Connected Students with Active-Duty Parents.

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this qualitative study is to gain insight on Public Elementary School Counselors' experiences serving military-connected students with active-duty parents.

Study Activities: Study participants will be invited to participate in a confidential zoom interview (audio-recorded on a separate device) to share their experiences related to serving military-connected students with active-duty parents.

Criteria for Participating:
To participate in the study, you must:
A certified school counselor in your state.
Have worked in the role of a school counselor for a minimum of 1 year.
Have worked/currently work as a school counselor in an elementary public school with military-connected students who have active-duty parents near a military installation for a minimum of 1 year.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in participating in the study, please follow the link listed below. If you have questions about the study, please contact Tiffany Taylor at (478) 972-1522 or via email at

The link to the informed consent and demographic questionnaire is:

The approval for this study is 01-26-23-1009799.


Tiffany Taylor, Doctoral Candidate (Walden University)
School Military Family Life Counselor
Supporting Service Members and Their Families