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Laura Welfare

Laura Welfare, Associate Professor

Laura Welfare, Associate Professor
Laura Welfare, Associate Professor

School of Education
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2002
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8194 | welfare@vt.edu

Laura Welfare is an associate professor in the School of Education. 

  • Evidence-based practices in counselor education and supervision
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • K12 School Discipline Disparities
  • PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MA, Marymount University
  • BA, Wake Forest University
  • July 2018–Present, Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Counseling and Development
  • October 2014–Present, Editorial Board Member, The Clinical Supervisor
  • September 2014 -–Present, Executive Committee Member, The International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision
  • 2020, Fellow, American Counseling Association
    • The ACA Fellows Award is the highest honor bestowed by the American Counseling Association.  It recognizes members who have contributed to and advanced the counseling profession throughout their career. 
    • In 2020, 13 of the 55,000 members of the American Counseling Association were recognized.
  • 2020, Outstanding Graduate Mentor The Graduate School, Virginia Tech
    • This award recognizes one faculty member from each college for their role in supporting, encouraging, and promoting a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment, and for contributing to professional and personal development of graduate students.
  • 2020, Excellence in Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
    • Recognizes outstanding advising for undergraduate or graduate students.
    • This award is earned by two of over 600 faculty in the college each year.
  • 2018, Outstanding Research Award, Chi Sigma Iota
    • Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for professional counselors. Their mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
    •  The award, with former student Dr. Connie Jones, recognizes our research on broaching race in addictions counseling.
  • 2015, Advanced Level Recognition, Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
    • TEACH is the Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare. The mission of TEACH is to promote learning excellence at Carilion Clinic, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute by creating a community of educators and fostering their development as teachers, learners, and education researchers.  Membership levels are Advanced, Skilled, Emerging Associate, and Emerging.
  • 2016, Excellence in Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech 
    • Recognizes outstanding advising for undergraduate or graduate students. 
    • This award is earned by two of the 550 faculty in the college each year.
  • 2015, Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Counselor Education and Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • This award is award is given to one department alumna or alumnus annually to recognize achievements since graduation.
  • 2015, Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech
    • Recognizes learner-centered pedagogy by engaged, effective, dynamic teachers. 
    • This award is earned by one of the 1850 faculty in the university each week.

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

*Doyle, K., & Welfare, L. E. (In Press). Modeled wellness: How perceived supervisor wellness influences supervisee personal wellness. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

*Jones, C. T., Welfare, L. E., *Cook, R. C. (In Press). Practising counsellors’ identity salience in clinical supervision. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

*Ripley, D., & Welfare, L. E. (In Press). Reflections on person-centered group therapy from clients in opioid treatment. Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Lawson, G., *Asadi, G., Welfare, L. E., Miyazaki, Y., *Hori, K. (In Press). Integrating large data sets in outcome research: A case example.  Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.

*Wagstaff, J., & Welfare, L. E. (2021). Brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students (BASICS) on campus: Lessons from experienced practitioners. Journal of College Counseling, 24, 115 – 131.

Welfare, L. E., Grimes, T., Lawson, G., *Hori, K., & *Asadi, G. (2021). The school to prison pipeline: Quantitative evidence to guide school counselor advocacy. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 8(1), 16 – 29.

*Cook, R. M.,*Jones, C. T., & Welfare, L. E. (2020). Supervisor cultural humility predicts intentional nondisclosure by post-master’s counselors. Counselor Education and Supervision, 59(2), 160-167.

*Cook, R. M., Welfare, L. E., *Jones, C. T. (2020). Incidence of intentional nondisclosure in clinical supervision by pre-licensed counselors. The Professional Counselor, 10(1), 25-38.

*Venner, H., & Welfare, L. E. (2019). Black Caribbean immigrants in the United States: A qualitative study of experiences in mental health therapy. Journal of Black Psychology, 45(8), 639-660.

*Cook, R. M., Welfare, L. E., & *Sharma, J. (2019). Exploring supervisees’ in-session experiences of utilizing intentional nondisclosure. The Clinical Supervisor, 38(2), 202-221.

*Jones, C. T., Welfare, L. E., *Melchior, S., & *Cash, R. (2019). Broaching as a strategy for intercultural understanding in clinical supervision. The Clinical Supervisor, 38(1), 1 – 13.

*Cook, R. M., *Smith, B., & Welfare, L. E. (2018). Understanding schizophrenia: A classroom simulation for future human service professionals. Journal of Human Services. 38, 7-20.

*Cook, R. M., & Welfare, L. E. (2018). Examining predictors of counselor-in-training intentional nondisclosure. Counselor Education and Supervision, 56(3), 211-226.

*Cook, R. M., Welfare, L. E., & *Romero, D. (2018). Counselor-in-training intentional nondisclosure in onsite supervision: A content analysis. The Professional Counselor, 8(2), 115-130.

Welfare, L.E., *Wagstaff, J., & *Haynes, J. R. (2017). Counselor education and Title IX: Current perceptions and questions. Counselor Education and Supervision, 56(3), 193–207.

*Sanders, C. B., Welfare, L. E., & Culver, S. (2017). Career counseling in middle schools: A study of school counselor self-efficacy. The Professional Counselor, 7(3), 238–250.

Borders, L. D., Welfare, L. E., *Sackett, C. R., & Cashwell, C. (2017). New supervisors’ struggles and successes with corrective feedback. Counselor Education and Supervision, 56(3), 208–224.

*Jones, C. T., & Welfare, L. E. (2017). Broaching behaviors of licensed professional counselors: A qualitative inquiry. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 38, 48–64.

*Wagstaff, J., & Welfare, L. E. (2016). Brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students with the mandated student: Some practical considerations. Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention, 4, 16–26.

Welfare, L. E., Nolan, M., & Vari, R. (2016). Patient-centered learning curricula: Evaluating the impact of the Friday wrap-up on student conceptualization of patient psychosocial characteristics. Medical Science Educator, 26(4), 543–546.

Book Chapters

Welfare, L. E., Greason, D. P. B., & Mobley, A. K. (2017). Managed care, billing and documentation. In J. S. Young & C. Cashwell (Eds.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling: A guide to effective practice (pp. 215–254). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Invited)

Welfare, L. E. (2010). Evaluation in supervision. In L. Bradley & N. Ladany (Eds.), Counselor supervision (4th ed.) (pp. 337–352). Philadelphia, PA: Taylor–Francis. (Invited)

Lawson, G., Bodenhorn, N., & Welfare, L. E. (2010). Virginia Tech: A campus and a community respond. In J. Webber & J. B. Mascari (Eds.), Terrorism, trauma and tragedies: A counselor's guide to preparing and responding (3rd ed.) (pp. 73–79). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association Press. (Invited)         

Lawson, G., & Welfare, L. E. (2010). Distance education and clinical training. In A. K. Mobley & J. E. Myers (Eds.), Developing and maintaining counselor education laboratories (2nd ed.) (pp. 362–385). Alexandria, VA: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. (Invited)

Other Papers and Reports

Lawson, G., & Welfare, L. E. (2020). An Investigation of School Resource and Safety Programs Policy and Practice in Virginia. Submitted to the National Institute of Justice (Award No. 2016-CK-BX-0021).

Lawson, G., Welfare, L. E., & Patrizio, K. (2019). A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School to Prison Pipeline in Virginia Report of Qualitative Findings.  Submitted to the National Institute of Justice (Award No. 2015-CK-BX-0007).

Lawson, G., Miyazaki, Y., Welfare, L. E., & Patrizio, K. (2019). A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School to Prison Pipeline in Virginia Report of Quantitative Findings. Submitted to the National Institute of Justice (Award No. 2015-CK-BX-0007).

  • 2017-2020, An Investigation of School Resource and Safety Programs Policy and Practice in Virginia, National Institute of Justice ($689,416)
    • Co-PI with PI Dr. Gerard Lawson
  • 2016-2019, A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Virginia, National Institute of Justice ($914,241)
    • Co-PI with PI Dr. Gerard Lawson and Co-PI Dr. Kami Patrizio
  • 2018, An Investigation of School Disciplinary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, National Institute of Justice via the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program ($100,000)
    • PI with Co-PI Dr. Gerard Lawson
  • 2017, An Exploration of Attunement in Counselor Education, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology ($5671)
    • Collaborative project with doctoral student Katie Biddle
    • Funding purchased equipment for the institute to allow innovative study
  • 2015-2018, Training for Students in Health Professions in Rural Southwest Virginia, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ($837,102)
    • Co-PI and Site Coordinator with PI Dr. Nancy Brossoie and collaborators at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and Radford University
  • 2015, Factors in Supervision and the Impact on Intentional Nondisclosure by Counselors-in-Training, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision ($528)
    • Collaborative project with doctoral student Ryan Cook

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