Leonis Wright

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4906 ext. 4906
  Office Location: G326
  Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  College: COE

  
 
Programs:
Counselor Education and Supervision, Ed.D.
Counseling
Division of Psyc and Counseling

  
  

I am an Assistant Professor for the Counseling Masters’ Program (School Counseling) in the Division of Psychology and Counseling. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina in May 2016 and my Ed.S. in Counselor Education in January 2000 also from the University of South Carolina. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, I was a National Board-Certified School Counselor serving as a middle and high school counselor as well as a director of school counseling for 16 years.

My research and scholarship areas of interests include social justice advocacy, social and emotional development, wellness, school counseling professional identity, and the use of data in creating comprehensive school counseling programs. I have presented at various state and national professional conferences to bring about an awareness of these important topics to both school counselors in-practice and in-training.

Currently, I serve on the Professional School Counseling Journal Editorial Review Board, the ASCA RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) Review Team, and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis School Counseling National Advisory Committee. Additionally, I am a member of various professional organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES), the Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA), and the Illinois Counseling Association (ISA).

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed:

Wright, L.S. (2020). Understanding the Call of Social Justice Advocacy: A phenomenological study of high school counselors. Georgia School Counseling Association Journal. 25. 18-33.

Book Chapter:

Witherspoon, S. & Wright, L.S. (2018). Organizational Change and Online Education at HBCUs: Mentoring Supportive and Resistant Faculty. In Faculty mentorship at historically Black colleges and universities. (pp. 243-263). Hersey, PA.: IGI Global.

Accepted Conference Presentations:

Hollis, A.C., Wright, L.S., & Giddings, C. (2020)“The Effects of Horticultural Therapy on At-Risk Youth Living in a Rural Community”. American School Counseling (ACA) Conference, San Diego, CA.

Wright, L.S. & Hollis, A.C. (2020). “Using HT to improve students' self-esteem, wellness, and resilience”. Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Felder, L., Wright, L.S., & Huger, D. (2020) “Job Search and Interviewing Tips for Graduate Students”. Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Wright, L.S. (2019). Why data? A closer look at the ASCA national model. ASCA Conference, Boston, Mass.

Wright, L.S. (2019). Why data? A closer look at the ASCA national model. SCCA Conference, Hilton Head, SC.

Cohen, M. & Wright, L.S. (2019). An innovation approach to group counseling: Loving self through literature. PSSCA Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Wright, L.S. & Witherspoon S. (2018). School Counselors and Advocacy: Understanding the Impact of Data-Driven Programs and School Climate. SACES Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Oberman, A. & Wright, L.S. (2018). Teaching the ASCA Model and the School Counselor-in-Training. SACES Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Wright, L.S. (2018). Why data? A closer look at the ASCA national model. PSSCA Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Evans, K. M., Cook, C., Gordon, L., Rogers, T., Wright, L.S., & Mosley, Y. (2015). How racial identity advocacy projects help students take action. Southeastern Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling and Education Conference, Savannah, Ga.

Wright, L. S. & Mosley, Y. (2014). Creating New Generations of School Counselors: Empowering them to impact the World. Session. Palmetto State School Counselor Association, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Webinar:

Justice, J., Money-Brady, J., Pincus, R., Rock, W., & Wright, L.S., (2020, August 5). Tools and Considerations for School Counselors and Principals: Reopening after COVID-19 [Webinar]. ACES Secondary School Counselor Workgroup.