Matthew Fullen is an assistant professor of Counselor Education at Virginia Tech, as well as an affiliate faculty for the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology. He has worked with older adults since 2005, first in the affordable senior housing industry, and then as a licensed professional clinical counselor. He has worked as a mental health professional in diverse settings, including long-term care, adult day, and private practice contexts. Fullen is one of those most active gerontology scholars within the counseling profession, and his work has been funded by federal, private non-profit, and university-based grants. Dr. Fullen's research agenda focuses on three distinct areas: 1) Developing and implementing counseling interventions that focus on wellness and resilience in older adulthood, 2) Expanding older adults' access to mental health services, specifically through expansion of Medicare-eligible services, and 3) Preventing suicide through community-based prevention frameworks. He has contributed to more than 90 peer-reviewed or invited conference presentations and published numerous scholarly publications in academic journals across the counseling and gerontology disciplines.
- Counseling Older Adults
- Medicare Reimbursement for Licensed Professional Counselors
- Wellness Interventions in Older Adulthood
- Suicide Prevention Across the Life Span
- Advocacy in the Counseling Profession
- PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, The Ohio State University, 2016
- MDiv, Ashland Theological Seminary, 2013
- MA in Clinical Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary, 2010
- BA in Psychology, Religion, & Political Science, Northwestern University, 2005
- Co-Chair, American Counseling Association Public Policy & Legislation Committee
- Board Member, Association for Adult Development and Aging
- Member, Journal of Counseling & Development Editorial Board
- Member, Adultspan Journal Editorial Board
- 2019 Awarded Innovative Research on Aging Award (Bronze Award) by Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging.
- 2018 Awarded Innovative Research on Aging Award (Bronze Award) by Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging.
- 2018 Awarded the Advocacy in Adult Development and Aging Award by the Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association.
- 2016 Awarded the Outstanding Adultspan Journal Article Award by the Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association.
Fullen, M.C., Lawson, G., & Sharma, J. (in press). Medicare reimbursement for counselors: The role of counselor education in promoting advocacy engagement. Counselor Education and Supervision.
Fullen, M.C., Lawson, G., & Sharma, J. (in press). Analyzing the impact of the Medicare coverage gap on counseling professionals: Results of a national study. Journal of Counseling and Development.
Shannonhouse, L.R., Erford, B., Gibson, D., O’Hara, C., & Fullen, M.C. (in press). Psychometric synthesis and review of the Five Factor Wellness Inventory. Journal of Counseling and Development.
Fullen, M.C., Gorby, S., Chan, C., Dobmeier, R., & Jordan, J. (2019). The current state of gerontological counseling research: A 26-year content analysis. Journal of Counseling and Development, 97 (3).
Fullen, M.C. (2019). Defining wellness in older adulthood: Toward a comprehensive framework. Journal of Counseling and Development, 97 (1), 62-74.
Fullen, M.C., Granello, D.H., Richardson, V.E., & Granello, P.F. (2018). Using wellness and resilience to predict age perception in older adulthood. Journal of Counseling and Development, 96 (3), 424-435.
Fullen, M.C., Richardson, V.E., & Granello, D.H. (2018). Comparing successful aging, resilience, and holistic wellness as predictors of the good life. Educational Gerontology, 44(7), 459-468.
Fullen, M.C. (2018). Ageism and the counseling profession: Causes, consequences, and methods for counteraction. The Professional Counselor, 8(2), 104-114.
Fullen, M.C., & Granello, D.H. (2018). Holistic wellness in older adulthood: Group differences based on age and mental health. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 36(4), 395-407.
Fullen, M.C., & Gorby, S.R. (2016). Reframing resilience: Pilot evaluation of a program to promote resilience in marginalized older adults. Educational Gerontology, 42 (9), 660-671
Fullen, M.C. (2016). Counseling for wellness with older adults. Adultspan Journal, 15 (2), 109-123.
Fullen, M.C. (2016). Mobilizing the community to prevent older adult suicide. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 24 (3), 155-169.
Fullen, M.C. (2016). Medicare advocacy for the counselor-advocate. Adultspan Journal, 15 (1), 3-12.
- 2019. Identifying Next Practices for Older Adult Engagement in Wellness Practices. Funded by Mather Lifeways. Amount: $49,996, Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI)
- 2019. Investigating the impact of the Medicare mental health coverage gap on rural communities. Funded by Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment.
- Amount: $26,500, Role: Principal Investigator
- 2018. Double blind randomized control trial on the effect of evidence-based suicide intervention training on the home-delivered and congregate nutrition program through the Atlanta Regional Commission. Funded by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (Administration for Community Living). Amount: $699,362, Role: Co-Investigator
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