The mission of the Department of Counselor Education's Research Lab is to serve as a dynamic and collaborative hub for faculty and graduate students, promoting innovative research in the fields of clinical mental health counseling, couple and family counseling, school counseling, and rehabilitation counseling with a strong emphasis on diversity and emerging research topics. Our mission is driven by a commitment to advancing knowledge, improving professional practice, and fostering inclusive and culturally competent approaches within the counseling professions.


  1. Research Excellence: The Research Lab is dedicated to conducting high-quality research that contributes to the advancement of mental health counseling, school counseling, and rehabilitation counseling. We prioritize rigorous methodologies and innovative approaches to explore the most pressing issues in our fields.

  2. Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to research that addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion in counseling. Our goal is to produce research that promotes cultural competence, embraces diverse perspectives, and informs strategies for more inclusive counseling practices.

  3. Collaborative Learning: The Research Lab serves as a collaborative space where faculty and graduate students work together to cultivate research skills and engage in meaningful research projects. We encourage mentorship and interdisciplinary collaboration to foster a vibrant research community.

  4. Emerging Research Topics: We are at the forefront of identifying and investigating emerging research topics in counseling. Our mission is to stay current with the evolving landscape of mental health, school counseling, and rehabilitation counseling, ensuring that our research addresses the most up-and-coming issues and trends.

  5. Dissemination and Impact: The Research Lab is committed to disseminating research findings to the broader counseling community and beyond. We strive to make our research accessible and relevant, with the goal of positively impacting counseling practice and policy.

  6. Student Development: We aim to provide graduate students with hands-on research experience that enhances their academic and professional development. By involving students in faculty-led research projects, we prepare them to be critical thinkers and future leaders in the counseling field.

  7. Community Engagement: The Research Lab actively engages with the community to conduct research that addresses local and global mental health challenges. We seek partnerships and collaborations that facilitate real-world applications of our research.

  8. Ethical Research Practices: Ethical conduct is fundamental to our research endeavors. We uphold the highest ethical standards in research design, data collection, and dissemination, ensuring the integrity and trustworthiness of our work.

  9. Continuous Learning: We embrace a culture of continuous learning and adaptation. As research priorities and methodologies evolve, we remain open to new ideas and approaches, ensuring that our research remains at the forefront of the counseling profession.

In pursuit of our mission, the Department of Counselor Education's Research Lab is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and forward-thinking research environment. We aim to contribute to the counseling profession by producing research that informs practice, advances knowledge, and champions diversity and inclusion in.