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Amanda C La Guardia

Title: Assistant Professor of Counseling
Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Office: 460U Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-8462
Email: laguaraa@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: http://www.AmandaLaGuardia.com

Amanda C La Guardia is an assistant professor and clinical mental health program coordinator for the counseling program in the School of Human Services within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati.  Licensed to practice as a professional counselor in the states of Texas and Ohio, she is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She received her PhD from Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA with an emphasis in research and statistics.  She also completed a graduate teaching certificate in Womens Studies.  She received her MA from East Tennessee State University with a dual concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling and Community Counseling, and completed her BS in biology and psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University.  Her clinical experience includes in-patient expressive arts group work and out-patient family and individual counseling with youth transitioning into or out of the foster care system. She also has experience running out-patient adolescent substance abuse groups. Her research interests focus on professional identity development, collaborative and interdisciplinary mental health care, family crisis, gender issues, and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors (suicide-related behaviors/self-directed violence).  Dr. La Guardia works from a holistic, strengths-based feminist perspective that emphasizes the importance of cultural and societal expectations as they intersect with multiple roles and experiences of marginalization and oppression.  By integrating core philosophical beliefs from Adlerian theory, Dr. La Guardia seeks to improve mental health care through empowerment-based initiatives emphasizing belongingness, encouragement, and social connectedness.  Since 2005, Dr. La Guardia has presented at a variety of international, national, and local conferences including those for the American Counseling Association (ACA), the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).  Her work has appeared in the Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), the Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (MECD) journal, and the Journal of Individual Psychology (JIP).  Dr. La Guardia has served as a consultant for several school districts in the state of Texas and has provided trainings for local mental health agencies in Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio. She and a colleague were recently awarded a HRSA BHWET workforce grant to help support counselor-in-training as they develop skills to treat at-risk child, adolescent, and young adult populations.

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