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Although GSCA does not distribute research surveys on behalf of members or the public, in the interest of furthering the research that makes school counselors able to better themselves and assisting those who are in pursuit of higher degrees, we post below surveys which have been screened by the GSCA Journal Editor for validity. We ask that school counselors participate as they are able in order to continue and support research in the field.

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Posted 8/16/2017

My name is Necole C. Bryant. I am a doctoral student from Mercer University. Under the direction of my dissertation committee chair, Dr. Karen Rowland, I am conducting a research study about the differences between school counselors in training, practicing school counselors, and counselor educators on measures of professional identity and leadership skills. The study is entitled, Transformative School Counseling: An Examination of the Interaction Between Professional Identity and Leadership Skills. I am reaching out to ask if you would like to participate by completing a survey for this research project. Mercer University’s IRB requires investigators to provide informed consent to the research participants.

If you would be interested in taking this survey, please click on this link and provide your consent to take the survey:

If you have any questions about the study contact the investigator, Necole C. Bryant at 404-576-7439 or at

Mercer University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed study # H1706183 and approved it on 07-Jul-2017.

Questions about your rights as a research participant:
If you have questions about your rights or are dissatisfied at any time with any part of this study, you can contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board by phone at (478) 301-4101 or email at ORC_Research

Thank you in advance for your time and participation!

Necole Bryant



My name is Kimberly Nelson and I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina (posted 5/9/2017)

You are being invited to take part in a research study focused on The Professional Identity of Exemplar Novice High school counselors that I, Kimberly Nelson is conducting. If you would like to take part your participation is completely voluntary.

  • The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of novice high school counselors in developing a professional identity who have been practicing between 1 to 5 years.
  • You will be asked to participate in an individual interview. You will be asked a series of open ended questions. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.
  • You will be asked to participate in a phone interview only one time. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes.
  • You will also be asked to complete a demographic survey.
  • You will be given a $20.00 gift card for participation

If you are interested in participating in this study, please respond to schedule a time to complete the phone interview by contacting Kimberly Nelson at or 209-605-4506.

You will be audio taped as part of this study. All data will be kept confidential and upon study completion recordings will be destroyed. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this research study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Kimberly Nelson. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject contact, Lisa Marie Johnson, IRB Manager, Office of Research Compliance, University of South Carolina, 901 Sumter Street, Byrnes 515, Columbia, SC 29208, Phone: (803) 777-7095 or The Office of Research Compliance is an administrative office that supports the USC Institutional Review Board. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) consists of representatives from a variety of scientific disciplines, non-scientists, and community members for the primary purpose of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects enrolled in research studies.

There are no known risks associated with participating in this research except a slight risk of breach of confidentiality, which remains despite steps that will be taken to protect your privacy. Taking part in this study is not likely to benefit you personally. Participation will be confidential. Study records/data will be stored in locked filing cabinets and protected in computer files protected by a password. The results of the study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but your identity will not be revealed. Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free not to participate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason, without negative consequences.



Nora Gerardi is conducting her dissertation study which examines the suicide risk assessment and management practices among mental health practitioners. This study is supervised by Dr. Mark Terjesen and the study is approved by the St. John’s University IRB.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; alarmingly, among older children and adolescents, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Suicide rates have been increasing for every age group over the past several years, and as such, this study seeks to understand risk assessment and management practices among practicing mental health providers.

This study will identify patterns in risk assessment and management practices and inform training needs at the graduate and continuing education level.

The study will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Please click here to be directed to the survey.



Researchers at Mercer University and the University of Georgia are conducting a qualitative study of school counselors’ strategies for making challenging ethical decisions. We would love to hear about your experiences in the field! What is involved: 1. participation in an informal interview with a Mercer University or UGA graduate assistant interviewer about dilemmas you face in your job, what strategies you use to address these dilemmas, and what you have learned about ethical practice over your years of experience; and 2. completing a short online survey which will be emailed to you. If you are interested in participating, or would like to receive more information about this study, please contact Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel at This study has been approved by Mercer University’s IRB and Office of Research Compliance, # H1605139.



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