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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, she was named the Illinois Counselor Educator of the Year. Dr. Ockerman currently holds executive positions in national and state professional organizations. Additionally, 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 text101 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 achievement gap in schools through transformative evidence-based school counseling interventions.

  • PhD in Counselor Education, The Ohio State University
  • MA in School Counseling, The Ohio State University
  • BA in Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
Courses Taught
  • CSL 475 Career Counseling for School Counselors
  • CSL 501 Counseling Skills
  • CSL 520 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CSL 521 Contextual Dimensions of School Counselors
  • CSL 522 Delivery of Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Programs
  • CSL 552 School Counseling Practicum

Research Interests
School Counselor Leadership; Effective School Counseling Interventions and Training; Resiliency and Urban Youth; Career Development