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SACES Research and Best Practice Grants and Reviewers

SACES is now accepting applications to fund innovative best practices and research studies related to counselor education and supervision. SACES will fund up to six proposals for up to $500 each. This grant competition is open to both professional and student members of SACES. Because of their need and the limited funding available for student research, student researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Please review the application form for more details and to complete your submission. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST.

We are also seeking SACES members to review the SACES Research and Practice Grant applications. If you are a SACES member interested in serving on the SACES Research and Practice Grants Committee, please contact Elizabeth Villares at past-president@saces.org by July 31, 2020. 

Research & Best Practice grant Recipients


Adrienne Backer and Nancy Chae, William and Mary
An Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of the Supervisee’s Perception of Supervisor Competence Scale;

Joanna Rocha, Old Dominion University
Best Practices in Clinical Supervision: What Must Supervisees Do?

Nicola Meade and Yolanda Dupre, Old Dominion University, University of Louisiana Monroe
Fighting Endangerment: Race, Gender, and Power’s Affect on Female Faculty Retention

Frankie Fanchila, Trevecca Nazarene University
Private Practice Mental Health Counselors: An Investigation of Predictors for Burnout and Career Commitment 

Shreya Vashinav, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Racial Microaggressions, Faculty Mentoring, and Social Connectedness within Counselor Education Programs: Implications for Doctoral Students of Color

David Moran, Old Dominion University 
School Counselor Educators: A Grounded Theory of Career Interest and Satisfaction 

Erika Schmit; Nancy Thomas; Erin Kaszynski, Texas A&M University-Commerce
The Effect of Suicide Intervention Training on Counseling Students’ Perceived Competence: A Mixed Methods Approach


Melanie Burgess, Old Dominion University
The Psychometric Properties of a School Counseling Internship Competency Scale

Elizabeth Burgin and Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas
Addressing Military Populations in Counselor Training Programs: Exploring Cultural Competence, Political Beliefs, and Militaristic Attitudes

Alisa Houseknecht, University of Florida
Motivation, Support, and Belonging: Examining Factors that Affect the Persistence of Minority Students in Counseling Programs

Chi Li and Gulsah Kemer, Old Dominion University
Supervisory Working Alliance and Supervisee Disclosure in Supervision: Supervisee Role Ambiguity as a Mediator

Jessica Martin, Lamar University
Investigation of the Job Seeking Process, Work Environment, Mentorship, and Tenure Process of Female African American Counselor Educators: A Phenomenological Study 

Christie Nelson, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Daniel Gutierrez and Patrick Mullen, College of William and Mary
Investigating Supervisee Negative Affectivity, Mindfulness, and Self-transcendence within the Counseling Supervisory Relationship

Nancy Thacker, University of Tennessee

Marginalized Counselor Educators' Experiences Negotiating Personal Identity during Professional Identity Development


Sara Andrews, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Daniel Gutierrez, College of William & Mary
An Investigation Examining the Association between Counselor Burnout, Personal Resilience, and the Supervisory Relationship
Final Research Report

Ryan Cook, University of Alabama and Connie Jones,  University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Supervisor Cultural Humility as a Predictor of Supervisee Nondisclosure and Multicultural Competence
Final Research Report

Rachael Marshall and Melinda Gibbons, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Counselor Educators Wellness Levels Impact On How They Promote Wellness
Final Research Report

Sean Newhart and Colin Vaughn, College of William & Mary

Development of the Counseling Intervention Skills Competence Scale 
Mid-term Research Report

Laura Pignato , College of William & Mary
Improving Through Improv: Promoting Tolerance for Ambiguity and Counselor Development
Final Research Report pending

Brooke Wymer, University of South Carolina
Supervisory Experiences Related to Secondary Traumatic Stress of Supervisees Treating Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
Final Research Report


Nikki Elston, Laura Shannonhouse, Amanda Rumsey, Mary Chase Mize, and Yung-Wei Dennis Lin
Georgia State University
Suicide Training in Counselor Preparation: Behavioral Observations of Counselor Trainees’ Suicide Intervention Skills

Caitlyn McKinzie and Gulnora Hundley, University of Central Florida
Anxiety and Cortisol Levels Amongst College Students: An Exploratory Investigation of the Effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training

Marina Vladimir, University of Texas – San Antonio
Lived Experiences of Non-Offending Fathers with Children who Survived Sexual Abuse

Shaywanna Harris and Glenn Lambie, University of Central Florida
An Investigation of the Relationship between Supervisors’ Self-Efficacy and Supervisees’ Satisfaction in the Supervisory Relationship.

Melissa Zeligman and Ramona Grad, Georgia State University
The Use of Mindfulness/Meditation in Skill Development for Counselors in Training

Katherine Feather, University of South Carolina
Counselor Competencies Working with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Phenomenological Investigation

Merry Leigh Dameron, Ami Camp, and Sejal Parikh Fox, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Multicultural Education and Perceived Multicultural Competency of School Counselors


Ariel Winston
Counselor Educators' Multicultural Competencies: Understanding Relationships between Race and Ethnic Identity Awareness

Courtney Holmes and Chris Reid
A Comparison Study of Traditional and Distance Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

Emi Lenes, Katie Fields, and Jacqueline Swank; University of Florida
Body Whispers of Counselor Education Students: A Phenomenological  Inquiry

Katherine Feather
Preparing School Counselors to Assist Students with Disabilities: Rethinking Training, Competencies, and Standards in Counselor Education

Tiffany Rogers
Examining the Effect of Feminist Self-Labeling and Feminist Perspectives on Self-Efficacy of Undergraduate Students

Sandy-Ann Maria Griffith and Mike Kalkbrenner
Attendance in Counseling by Counselors: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Counseling


Melissa Fickling; University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Career Counselors' Perspectives on Advocacy Behaviors

Dodie Limberg, Kimberly Dawes, Jonathan Ohrt, & Casey Barrio-Minton
University of South Carolina and University of North Texas
Research Identity Development of Counselor Education Doctoral Students: A Qualitative Investigation

Marlise Lonn; University of Texas at San Antonio
Supervisees' Experiences of Role Ambiguity and Disclosure Experiences in Triadic Supervision: A Phenomenological Study of Counseling Students

Corrine Sackett & Alyssa Jenkins; Clemson University
Advocacy in Childhood Obesity: Examining Adolescent Girls' Perspectives through Photovoice

Marcella Stark, Angie Wilson, & Jennifer Boswell

Texas Christian University, Texas A & M University-Commerce, and University of Houston - Victoria
Determining the Mentoring Needs of Counseling Students and Junior Faculty

Melissa Swartz; University of South Carolina
Becoming an Advocate: Perceptions of Exemplar Counselor Advocates


Bethany Garr; University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Out of Harm’s Way: The Role of Clinical Supervision in the Prevention and Alleviation of Vicarious Trauma and Promotion of Vicarious Growth

Caroline O'Hara; Georgia State University
The Relationships among the Experiences of Racial Microaggressions in Supervision, Traumatic Experiences, and the Supervisory Working Alliance in Professional Counselors and Counselors-in-Training

Raissa MIller; University of North Texas
Experiences in Learning Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Hanna Lainas; University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Research: The Relationship between Supervisory Working Alliance and Supervisees’ Client Outcomes

Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett; College of William & Mary  
Epistemological Ties that Bind: A Developmental Approach for Exploring Counseling Trainees’ Constructions of Personal and Professional Identity

Daniel Guiterrez; University of Central Florida
Research: The Influence of Meditation on the Emotional Intelligence and stress levels, of Student Counselors


Chastity Hope Bell

Janee’ R. Avent

Patrick R. Mullen

Lucy Lewis

Jennifer M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Wanda Briggs Ph.D.


Julie Ballinger and Casey Barrio-Minton; University of North Texas

Laura Shannonhouse and Jane Myers; University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Melissa Alverado; University at Texas- Brownsville

Abigail Conley North; Carolina State University

Johnathan Ohrt
and Elizabeth Prosek; University of North Texas

Tamekia Bell; Old Dominion University


Sejal Mehta; University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Laura Boyd Farmer; Virginia Tech

Robyn L. Lower; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

John F. Kennedy; Regent University

Veronica J. Motley; Argosy University

Kathryn L. Henderson; University of Texas San Antonio


Karen Cathey-Austin; University of Mississippi

Melodie H. Frick; University of Virginia

Amanda C. Healey; Old Dominion University

Amy T. Carrier; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Christine E. Murray and Amber L. Pope; The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Julia Y. Porter and Mary Ann Hollingsworth; Mississippi State University-Meridian

Breyan N. Williams-Haizlip; Old Dominion University

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