2020 ACES Research Grant Award Recipients

The ACES Research Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce 10 recipients for the 2020 competition. The competition was steep with 48 submitted proposals. After careful review, the committee, led by Dr. Jennifer Baggerly at the University of North Texas at Dallas, is distributing a combined total of $15,000 to these 10 winners. These researchers will conduct studies that will increase understanding of professional development in Counselor Education and Supervision by specifically focusing on areas of teaching, supervision, professional identity, or leadership development.


The Principal Investigators and Research Study titles are as follows:


Abigail Conley, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Do We Practice What We Preach? Exploring Counselor Education Doctoral Students Experiences from Diverse Religious/Spiritual Backgrounds


Dan Li, University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

Lived Experiences of Counselor Trainees’ Online Learning: A Phenomenological Study


Heather C. Robertson, St. John’s University (Queens, NY)

Technological Training Interventions to Increase Counselor Competence


Isak Kim, The Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA)

Training-Related Retraumatization as a Mediator between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Traumatic Stress among Counseling Trainees


J. Richelle Joe, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

Poverty Simulation as a Tool to Enhance Cultural Competence and Reduce Bias Among Counselors-in-Training


Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

A Pilot Study on Rupture and Repair in Counseling Mentorship


John Pryor, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

Exploring the Experiences of Supervisors of Home-Based Counselors: An Interpretive
Phenomenological Analysis of the Perspectives of Supervisors Who Provide Supervision to
Home-Based Counselors


Olivia T. Ngadjui, Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)

Shaking Up The Room: The Process of Professional Identity Development of Black Doctoral Students in Counselor Education


Ryan M. Cook, The University of Alabama (Tuscaloos, AL)

Nondisclosure by Doctoral Students in the Dissertation Process


Summer Kuba, Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)

The Effect of Mentorships on Counselors in Training Professional Identity Development


The committee is confident these researchers will make a significant contribution to our profession. Thanks to the committee members!


Jennifer Baggerly (Chair of ACES Research Grant Award Committee), University of North Texas at Dallas  (SACES)

Brooks Bastian-Hanks, Walden University (RMACES)

Kathryn Bosso, Florida Atlantic University (SACES)

Melissa Henry, University of New Mexico (RMACES)

Margaret Lamar, Palo Alto University  (WACES)

Suzanne Mayer, Neumann University (NARACES)

Lori Milo, Walden University (NCACES)

Anna Owens, Nova Southeastern University (SACES)

Christina Rogers, Oregon Statue University (WACES)

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