Tameka O. Grimes

Tameka Grimes

Tameka O. Grimes

Assistant Professor


1750 Kraft Dr.
Suite 2000, M/C 0302
Blacksburg, VA 24060




Department Membership

School of Education


  • School counseling
  • School counseling in rural communities
  • School counselor professional identity

Professional Activities

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Rural Education Association
  • Association of Counselor Education & Supervision
  • American Educational Research Association


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • M.A., Wake Forest University
  • B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Research Grant, Sept 2017

    The University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Graduate Fellowship, Aug 2017, Aug 2016

    National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellow, Aug 2015

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapter

    Ziomek-Daigle, J., & Oliphant, T. "Strategies, approaches, and evidence-based practices in counseling children and adolescents." Counseling children and adolescents: Working in schools and clinical mental health settings. Routledge, 2017.

    Additional Information

    Tameka O. Grimes is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She received her Ph.D. from the CACREP-accredited Counseling and Student Personnel Services, P-16 program at The University of Georgia. She completed her M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University and her B.A. in Psychology and Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Grimes worked as a middle school English teacher and as a high school counselor. She also served as Co-Director of Student Support Services at Foothills Charter School in Athens, GA. Her experiences in education fueled her current research interests, which include school counselor professional identity construction, development of comprehensive school counseling programs, the experiences of school counselors in rural communities, and school counselor self-efficacy for supporting students with emotional and behavioral differences. Dr. Grimes has had the opportunity to present on these topics at state, regional, and national conferences. Areas of Expertise School counseling School counseling in rural communities School counselor professional identity