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 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
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PO Box 7406
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

(Posted 9/30/20) School Counselor Activity Rating Scale-Revised (SCARS-R)
Dear School Counselors, 
I hope this email finds you well. My name is Andrea Nicolia-Bove and I am currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education Program at the University at Buffalo. I am writing to ask you to participate in a research study to investigate school counselors’ and teachers’ perceptions of the school counselor role. More specifically, this study will examine similarities and differences between school counselors’ and teachers’ perceptions of the school counselor role with regards to their actual responsibilities, preferred responsibilities, and level of importance. 
In order to understand these perceptions, we are asking for school counselors and teachers working in K-12 public, private, or charter schools within the United States to complete a brief survey. The survey will take between 20-25 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and responses will be anonymous. If you decide to participate, you can choose to enter your email for a raffle to win one of ten (10) $20.00 Amazon gift cards.
This study has been approved by the University at Buffalo Institutional Review Board 00004807. 
Study Link: 
If you have any questions about this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, Andrea Nicolia-Bove, at
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Andrea Nicolia-Bove, M.S. Ed. 
Counselor Education Doctoral Student
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo