Welcome to my online portfolio! On this site you can read about my work. In December of 2009, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University. I am currently an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Since beginning my position, I have taught master's level group counseling courses, theories, research methods, practicum, lifespan development, and pre-practicum as well as the doctoral qualitative research and introductory stats courses. For more information on my teaching experience, please see my vita link below.
During my 2½ years at Old Dominion I gained invaluable experience as a supervisor, instructor, and researcher. I have also made a lot of friends and collegial connections that I plan to maintain throughout my career. Prior to attending Old Dominion, I worked as a professional counselor with children in foster care individually and in family counseling in East Tennessee for two years; however, I have over five years of experience in mental health (family, couples, individual and group) including my post-master’s work. My master's training emphasized marriage and family counseling as well as community counseling. As a counselor educator, I intend to spend my professional career assisting in the promotion and growth of the profession. My research interests include adolescent self injury, feminist and Adlerian theoretical applications, issues of social justice, as well as issues related to professional identity and burnout.
I recently completed work as a temporary full-time counseling faculty member at East Tennessee State University. I am now working as an assistant professor of counseling at Sam Houston State University in Texas. I plan to continue working towards the service and scholarly goals I have developed, as well as continuing my growth and practice as a professional counselor.
I am currently a licensed professional counselor in both the State of Texas and Tennessee.
For more information, please view my Curriculum Vita (PDF).
Upcoming Events and Highlights
Research highlighted in Counseling Today Online
Interview in Counseling Today (Feb, 2010, pg 16)
ACA 2012 - San Francisco, CA
- LaGuardia, A.C., & Watts, R. E. (accepted, 2012). Teaching counseling techniques from an integrative perspective. To be presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Savannah, GA. [September]
- Sullivan, J., LaGuardia, A.C., & Akay, S. (accepted, 2012). How do I become a counselor? Issues of professional identity development in supervision. To be presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Savannah, GA. [September]
This web site was last updated on July 6th, 2012