2016 Dissertation Excellence Award

TPC received entries for the third annual Dissertation Excellence Award from across the United States. After great deliberation, the TPC editorial board committee selected Viki P. Kelchner to receive the 2016 Dissertation Excellence Award for her dissertation, titled The Effect of a School Based Youth Intervention Program on At-Risk Youth’s School Attitudes and Behavior Returning from an Alternative School Setting to a Traditional School Setting.

Viki Kelchner is assistant professor at the University of Central Florida in the College of Education and Human Performance in the Child, Family, and Community Sciences Department in the Counselor Education and School Psychology Program. Dr. Kelchner completed her doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Evans. Dr. Kelchner’s research interests and publications focus on families, couples and supporting high-needs youth and families through school-based counseling services and intervention programs.

Dr. Kelchner is a National Certified Counselor and a certified school counselor, licensed professional counselor and licensed professional counselor supervisor in South Carolina.

TPC looks forward to recognizing outstanding dissertations like Dr. Kelchner’s for many years to come.

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2015 Dissertation Excellence Award

TPC received entries for the second annual Dissertation Excellence Award from across the United States. After great deliberation, the TPC editorial board committee selected Lindsey M. Mitchell to receive the 2015 Dissertation Excellence Award for her dissertation, titled Bereavement Experience of Female Military Spousal Suicide Survivors: Utilizing Lazarus’ Cognitive Stress Theory.

Dr. Mitchell completed her doctoral studies at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., under the supervision of Kenneth C. Hergenrather. According to Dr. Hergenrather, “Dr. Mitchell’s dissertation is exemplary of student commitment to research, demonstrated through prior dissertation involvement with the research topic and population addressed, to further empower people and enhance the life quality of the persons served.”

Dr. Mitchell is a National Certified Counselor and a licensed counselor in both Texas and Washington, D.C. She is currently seeking a faculty position at a university.

TPC looks forward to recognizing outstanding dissertations like Dr. Mitchell’s for many years to come.

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2014 TPC Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Concept/Theory

Kristi A. Lee, John A. Dewell, and Courtney M. Holmes


Kristi A. Lee, John A. Dewell, and Courtney M. Holmes received the 2014 Outstanding Scholar Award for Concept/Theory for their article “Animating Research with Counseling Values: A Training Model to Address the Research-to-Practice Gap.”

Dr. Lee is an assistant professor of community counseling at Seattle University. Her research focuses on the use of service learning in counselor education, as well as on how to best prepare counselors as social justice advocates.

Dr. Dewell is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans. His research interests include counselor trainee education and development and adolescent aggression.

Dr. Holmes is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond. Her research interests include a wide variety of issues related to counselor training, supervision, and the integration of technology into both clinical practice and teaching.

All three authors are National Certified Counselors (NCCs).

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2014 TPC Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Quantitative or Qualitative Research

Lisa D. Hawley, Todd W. Leibert, and Joel A. Lane


Lisa D. Hawley, Todd W. Leibert, and Joel A. Lane received the 2014 Outstanding Scholar Award for Quantitative or Qualitative Research for their article “The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Counseling Outcomes.”

Dr. Hawley is an associate professor and department chair at Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan. Her research includes socioeconomic status and counseling implications, clinical training, and professional identity issues.  In addition, she advocates for counselors on equity issues.

Dr. Leibert is an associate professor and coordinator of the doctoral program at Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan. His research and scholarly passion center on factors that facilitate or impede change in counseling among adult clients.

Dr. Lane is an assistant professor at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, where he also serves as coordinator of the clinical mental health counseling program. His research and scholarly agenda focus on emerging adult life transitions and their impact on mental health and well-being.

All three authors are National Certified Counselors (NCCs).

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2013 TPC Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Quantitative or Qualitative Research

Jeffrey M. Warren and Edwin R. Gerler, Jr.


Jeffrey M. Warren and Edwin R. Gerler Jr. received the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Award for Quantitative or Qualitative Research for their article “Effects of School Counselors’ Cognitive Behavioral Consultation on Irrational and Efficacy Beliefs of Elementary School Teachers.” Dr. Warren is an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He cochairs the Research Quality Task Force for the Transforming School Counseling and College Access Interest Network (TSCCAIN) of the Association for Counselor Education. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Gerler is a professor of counselor education at North Carolina State University. He has served as editor-in-chief of two national counseling journals and was the founding editor of the Journal of School Violence and the founding coeditor of the online publication Meridian, a school computer technologies journal.

 

2013 TPC Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Quantitative or Qualitative Research

Jeffrey M. Warren and Edwin R. Gerler, Jr.

Jeffrey M. Warren and Edwin R. Gerler Jr. received the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Award for Quantitative or Qualitative Research for their article “Effects of School Counselors’ Cognitive Behavioral Consultation on Irrational and Efficacy Beliefs of Elementary School Teachers.” Dr. Warren is an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He cochairs the Research Quality Task Force for the Transforming School Counseling and College Access Interest Network (TSCCAIN) of the Association for Counselor Education. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Gerler is a professor of counselor education at North Carolina State University. He has served as editor-in-chief of two national counseling journals and was the founding editor of the Journal of School Violence and the founding coeditor of the online publication Meridian, a school computer technologies journal.

Read more about the TPC scholarship awards here.