School Counseling Research

School Counseling Journals
For current research on school counseling and the efficacy of school counseling programs, visit the following:

  • Journal of School Counseling (JSC)
    • Published by Montana State University and includes articles from authors across the globe. Also includes Resource Briefs for a quick review of current research.
  • Professional School Counseling 
    • ‚ÄčPublished by ASCA throughout the year. Every year there are two Special Issues focusing on a single topic.

Participate in Research

MSCA will post opportunities to participate in research studies if the studies meet the following guidelines:
  1. Research must be approved by an Institutional Review Board or similar entity.
  2. Research must benefit school counselors or the profession of school counseling.
  3. If research is part of a doctoral dissertation or part of a graduate student project, a faculty supervisor must be listed
  4. Special attention will be given to research conducted by individuals from Montana institutions and/or research on Montana communities specifically. 
Postings will stay on the website for two months.

Posted 1/8/20: School Counselors' Enactment of Leadership and its impact on ASCA National Model Implementation
We are Derron Hilts, Dr. Yanhong Liu, and Dr. Melissa Luke, school counseling researchers in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. We are conducting a research study to explore school counselors’ perceived importance and enactment of leadership practices and its association with implementing the ASCA National Model. The name of this research project is entitled ‘School Counselors’ Enactment of Leadership and its impact on ASCA National Model Implementation (IRB #20-329). 
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire composed of six distinct sections. Section one will ask you about your school counseling practices; section two will ask about your beliefs and attitudes; section three will ask about your school counseling activities; Section four will ask about your school counseling program; Section five will ask about your feelings when working with your team; and Section six will collect demographic information such as your educational background (i.e., highest degree obtained), and what school level you work with (e.g., elementary/primary, middle/junior). The survey’s estimated time of completion is approximately 15 minutes. The completion of this instrument will be the only request made of you.  
The results and participant deidentified data will be used in our study and any subsequent presentations or publications. The data will be stored in encrypted flashdrives and kept confidential. Again, you will be asked to complete a survey which should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. After your participation in this study, you will be entered to win 1 of 30 $10 Amazon electronic gift cards.
Our research has been read and approved by the research reviewing office at Syracuse University in the United States. You are under no obligation to participate in this study. You are free to withdraw your consent to participate at any time. You will not be required to do anything in order to withdraw from the study, other than closing out of the survey. Participation in this study poses no risks greater than those encountered in your day-to-day life. 
If you are interested and/or willing to participate in this study, please select the following link: Should you have any questions about your participation in the study, you are welcome to email Derron Hilts at
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!
Derron Hilts, M.S.Ed., NCC
Doctoral Student
Syracuse University
Yanhong Liu, Ph.D., NCC
Assistant Professor; School Counseling Program Coordinator
Syracuse University
Melissa Luke, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, ACS
Dean’s Professor; Associate Dean for Research, School of Education
Syracuse University