College of Education > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Melissa Ockerman
Dr. Ockerman’s research agenda focuses on the efficacy of school counselor preparation and systemic anti-bullying/school safety strategies. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. In 2012 and 2018, she was named the Illinois School Counselor Educator of the Year. She is on the Board of Directors for Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and serves on the Advisory Council for the Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling conference. She is the co-author of the text, 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times. Dr. Ockerman’s passion for educating the next generation of school counselors is matched only by her desire to dismantle the pervasive opportunity gaps in schools through transformative evidence-based school counseling interventions.
Research InterestsEffectiveness of School Counseling Interventions, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Trauma-Informed and Healing Centered Support in Schools