School Counseling 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 7/31/20) Examining the Relationship between School Counselor Section 504 Duties and Comprehensive School Counseling Program Implementation
Dear Colleagues,
My name is Dr. Rawn Boulden; I am an assistant professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. I am inviting you complete a brief survey for a research study. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between school counselor Section 504 duties and comprehensive school counseling program implementation.
In order to participate, participants must:

-Employed as a full time school counselor in a public school during the 2019-2020 school year 
-Served as a Section 504 case manager or Section 504 coordinator during the 2019-2020 school year 
-Be in the process of implementing the 4th edition of the ASCA National Model in your school.
Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. The study is completely anonymous; therefore, it does not require you to provide your name or any other identifying information. It should take roughly 10 minutes to complete the survey.
Please address any questions related to this study to both Dr. Rawn Boulden (, West Virginia University, and Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott (, Old Dominion University. For questions about the protection of human research participants in this study, please contact Dr. Laura Chezan, the current chair of the Old Dominion Darden College of Education & Professional Studies Human Subjects Committee (757-683-7055; 
Thank you for considering participating in the study. If you would like to participate, please click the link below to be taken to the consent form and the survey:
Please feel free to share this recruitment request within your professional networks. 
Thank you,
Rawn Boulden, Ph.D., NCC
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26505
Pronouns: He/Him/His

(Posted 9/11/20) Counselors and Counseling in 2020
Research Invitation: Counselors and counseling in 2020
As you know firsthand, those in the counseling community are in a challenging position in that they are helping others to cope and heal while also coping themselves with the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing systemic injustice and discrimination including xenophobia, racism, and racial violence in the US. In order to inform strategies to support counselors and student counselors, we want to learn about counselors’ and counseling students’ personal and professional/academic experiences during 2020, including experiences related to both COVID-19 and systemic injustice, and how those experiences may differ by some aspects of culture, identity, and circumstance.
Follow this link for more information about the study and/or read below.

Our Study: In this IRB approved study, we use a secure anonymous online survey to ask participants questions about topics including demographics, COVID-19, injustice and discrimination, current circumstances, basic needs, counseling practice and training, mental health, ambivalence, compassion, stress, secondary trauma, and burnout. 

Our Team: Dr. Jamie E. Crockett is an Assistant Professor and Dr. Nathaniel Ivers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Participation: If you are a counselor (post master’s) or a counseling student (master’s or doctoral level), we are asking that you please consider participating in this research study.  If you choose to participate, you will complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. If you begin the survey and do not wish to complete it, you may discontinue your participation at any time without penalty by closing your browser window.
Follow this link for more information on the study or contact Dr. Jamie E. Crockett at or 336-758-1961.

Sharing this invitation: Please consider sharing this research participation invitation with counselors and/or counseling students that you think may be interested in participation. To share this invitation, you can copy & paste or forward this email and/or share this Facebook post.


Jamie E. CrockettPhD, LCMHCA (LPCA*), NCC
she/her/hers - why pronouns matter
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
Department of Counseling - Check us out on Facebook!
PO Box 7406
Winston-Salem, NC 27109