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Laura Shannonhouse

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013
Ed.S., University of Florida, 2009
M.Ed., University of Florida, 2009
B.S., University of Florida, 2003


Multicultural counseling competence in counselor preparation
Crisis intervention & suicide prevention
Clinical outreach & disaster response
Community-based research
Aging & development across the lifespan


Laura Shannonhouse is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST). Her clinical experiences (e.g. college counseling center, cancer center, crisis center, etc.) have included working with marginalized populations both domestically and internationally (e.g. illness-related trauma in South Africa; prolonged grief from daycare center fire in Mexico, post-Katrina charter school teachers; both southeast Asian and post-earthquake Haitian refugees, and urban homeless, etc.). Her research interests have been influenced by these clinical experiences; she is particularly interested in finding best practices for maximizing counselors’ acquisition of multicultural counseling competence so that they may better serve clients. Specifically, her primary lines of inquiry are: (a) culture-centered clinical outreach with disaster impacted populations, (b) cognitive emotional developmental style processing in beginning counselors, and (c) suicide intervention in the K-12 school context.

Shannonhouse has disseminated her work through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, national and international conferences, and received research and best practice grants from the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors and Chi Sigma Iota International. She has received several awards, including the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association, The Marian Pope Franklin Fellowship from the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNC Greensboro, and was selected as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by the Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors and as a leadership intern and fellow by Chi Sigma Iota International.


Shannonhouse, L. and Lin, Y-L. (in press). “Suicide Intervention Training in K-12 Schools: A Quasi-experimental Study on ASIST.” Journal of Counseling and Development.

Shannonhouse, L., Barden, S., Jones, E., Gonzalez, L., Murphy, A. (in press). “Secondary traumatic stress for trauma research teams: A mixed methods research design.” Journal of Mental Health Counseling.

Shannonhouse, L., Barden, S., and Mobely, K., (in press). “Qualitative outcomes of a home-stay immersion with critical reflection.” Counselor Education and Supervision.

Shannonhouse, L. Myers, J.E., and Sweeney, T. J. (in press). “Counseling Ethics: Personal Growth, Development, and Wellness.” In. R. Gaede and J. King, (Eds), The Gray Zone: Ethical Issues Facing Mental Health Professionals (6th edition).

Shannonhouse, L. Myers, J.E., and Sweeney, T. J. (in press). “Counseling for Wellness.” In I. Marini and M. Stebnicki, (Eds). Professional Counselor’s Desk Reference (2nd edition). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.