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 communties specifically. 
Postings will stay on the website for two months.

(Posted 2/11/20) White counselor attitudes and behaviors regarding discussing race
Greetings! Are you a white school counselor? I am seeking white school counselors for research participants for a study where I am hoping to learn more about their attitudes and behaviors regarding discussing race with students of color. Though there is no compensation for the study, participants can enter into a drawing for one of twenty-five $20 Amazon gift certificates.

If you are interested, please click on the link below. You will be directed to a 25-30-minute survey to answer questions regarding your beliefs and attitudes, biases, thoughts, and feelings about various groups, and behaviors and attitudes regarding discussing race and cultural factors with students of color.

My name is Rafe McCullough (principal investigator) and I am an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Department in the Graduate School for Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I am conducting this study, which has been approved by Lewis & Clark College's IRB.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Rafe McCullough

(Posted 2/25/20) School Counselor and Trauma-informed Practice

Dear School Counselor:

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from The University of Iowa.  The purpose of the study is to investigate school counselor level of training, work experience and attitudes related to trauma-informed practices in their school. 

If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete a short online survey. You will be asked  16 questions about your demographics and 45 questions about your beliefs about student behaviors and your school’s responses to them. You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. It will take approximately 15 minutes.

We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you.  It will not be possible to link you to your responses on the survey.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you do not wish to participate in this study, simply disregard this email. However, please consider forwarding the email to other practicing school counselors who may not belong to this organization’s list serve.  

This study has been approved by IRB (201804836). 
If you have questions about the rights of research subjects, please contact the Human Subjects Office, 105 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, 600 Newton Rd, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA  52242-1098, (319) 335-6564, or e-mail You may also contact the principal investigator at (319) 631-8284 or

Please click here to access the survey:  School Counselor and Trauma-informed Practice
(or copy and paste in a new window:

Jan Powers, Doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision

University of Iowa


(Posted 3/6/20) Understanding Roles of Professional School Counselors as Mental Health Providers in Schools

If you are 18 years of age or older, a current school counselor, principal, or assistant principal based in the United States, and are willing to participate you will be asked to complete a short survey. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes for you to complete the procedure listed. Your participation will be completely anonymous, and no personal, identifying information will be collected.          

To participate, go to [] and click on the link provided, complete the attached survey.

A consent document is provided on the first page after clicking on the survey link. The consent document contains additional information about our research. Please click on the link at the end of the consent information to indicate that you have read the consent information and agree to participate in the survey.


Dr. Robert Pincus

Assistant Professor Liberty University


IRB Approval # 2019-20-60