This is my 8th year as a counselor educator. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in May 2012. My dissertation focused on counselor competency in working with people with disabilities, which is an area I continue to research, consult, and present on.
I received my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East TN State University in Johnson City, TN. After I received my master's degree, I worked in student affairs for three years in the roles of resident director, undergraduate admissions counselor, and residence life area coordinator.
In addition to my work experience in student affairs, I have provided counseling services community agencies in Norfolk, VA and Chicago. I have also conducted several workshops for Chicago community agencies in the areas of multiculturalism, diversity, and microaggressions in the workplace.
I am currently involved in several committees and organizations at the university, state, and national levels:
- President, IL Counselor Education and Supervision
- Professional Trustee-Multicultural and Social Justice Concerns, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
- Secretary, IL Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
- Chair, IL Counseling Association Professional Development Committee
- Chapter Faculty Advisor, Chi Sigma Iota - Gamma Sigma Upsilon
- Member, Chi Sigma Iota, Professional Members Committee
- Co-chair, GSU Student Disability Advisory Committee
- Member, CHHS Conference Planning Committee
In my spare time, I enjoy watching my favorite shows (Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory) and/or watching reruns of my favorite shows (Living Single, How I Met Your Mother, and Friends). I also enjoy running (I have completed a few half marathons since moving to Chicago), listening to music, spending time with my family and friends, and exploring the city.
Since graduating with my Ph.D., I have presented over 15 times at the International, national, and state level on topics surrounding disability related issues, LGBTQI+ issues, social justice and advocacy, pedagogy in counselor education, and assessment in counseling.
My current research interest include cultural competency as it relates to individuals with disabilities and the LGBTQI+ population, intersectionality of cultural identities, student affairs and college student development, and best practices in assessment and research in counseling.
Manuscripts in Progress:
Atkins, K. M., Bell, T., Maucieri, L., & Karl, N. (in progress). Counselor preparation: Training counselors to work with clients with disabilities. Manuscript being considered for Counselor Education and Supervision or Teaching and Supervision in Counseling.
Bell, T. & Chan, C. D. (in progress). Counseling individuals with disabilities: Strategies and interventions for counselor educators and students. Manuscript being considered for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Chan, C. D., Bell, T., & Dari, T. (under review). Culturally responsive group work techniques in student affairs. In S. Degges-White, W. K. Killam, & A. W. Carter, Group development and group leadership in student affairs. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Valgoi, M. & Bell, T. (2019, Fall). Project listen. Awarded by the Center for Junior Year ($3000).
Bell, T. (2019, 25th October). The journey to allyship: Checking your privilege at the door. Webinar presented for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC). Webinar can be found at https://algbtic.org/webinar/.
Bell, T. (2020, January). Assessment tools for working with persons with disabilities. Presented at 4th International Behavioral and Mental Health Conference: Brain, Mind, and Learning, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand.
Bell, T. (2020, January). Disability identity development. Presented at 4th International Behavioral and Mental Health Conference: Brain, Mind, and Learning, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand.
National and State Presentations:
Bell, T. (2019, November). Allyship: What does it REALLY mean? Presented at Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Skokie, IL.
Bell, T., Lauka, J., & Miley, K. (2019, October). Addressing current trends in counselor education and supervision: One state division’s efforts. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Bi-annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Rivas, M. & Bell, T. (2019, October). Counselor trainees’ clinical experiences: Are we providing inclusive and culturally competent sites. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Bi-annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Bell, T. (2019, September). Counseling clients with disabilities: What counselors should know. Presented at Michigan Counseling Association Annual Conference, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.