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Amanda C La Guardia
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.
- PhD, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2009 (Counseling Graduate Teaching Certificate: Women's Studies).
- MA, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2006 (Counseling Couples and Family Community Agency).
- BS, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2002 (Biology and Psychology Minor: Criminal Justice).
Research interests include Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Care, Professional Identity Development, Suicide-Related Behaviors and Adolescent Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Family Crisis Intervention, and Gender Issues.
- (Collaborator), Brubaker, Michael; La Guardia, Amanda, FY16 BHWET Competition: Serving At-risk youth Fellowship Experience for Counselors (SAFE-C), Health Resources and Services Administration. (G02HP30588), $229,167.00. 09-30-2016 to 09-29-2017. Status: Active.
- (Collaborator), Acquavita, Shauna; Brubaker, Michael; Harley, Dana; La Guardia, Amanda, FY 2017 BHWET Competition, Health Resources and Services Administration. (M01HP31352), $478,168.00. 09-30-2017 to 08-31-2021. Status: Awarded.
- (PI), La Guardia, Amanda; Wright-Berryman, Jennifer, Testing an Interprofessional Education Suicide Prevention Program for Health Professions Students, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. (18-227-400362-010 (SM062894 ODURF)), $33,484.00. 05-01-2018 to 09-21-2019. Status: Active.
- (PI), La Guardia, Amanda, URS La Guardia New Faculty Development Award – 2017/18, UC's Research Support. (URS La Guardia New Faculty Development Award – 2017/18), $2,500.00. 06-01-2018 to 06-30-2019. Status: Active.
- La Guardia A.; Nelson J. (09-01-2017). An Adlerian Family Therapist Reflects on Family Therapy Theories and Mentors. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 9 (3), 391-402.
- Bryson C.; Cramer R.; La Guardia A.; Morgan K. (05-03-2017). The intersection of nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide-related behavior: Patterns of elevated risk . Journal of American College Health, 1-9.
- Cramer R.; Crosby J.; Henderson C.; Johnson J.; La Guardia A.; Stroud C. (07-01-2016). Personality, coping and mental health among lesbian, gay, and bisexual community members. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 272-278.
- LaGuardia A.; McLean L. (06-20-2016). Perceptions of being a woman and strategies for women’s body image resilience. Qualitative Report, 21 (6), 1118-1131.
- Cramer R.; Crosby J.; Henderson C.; La Guardia A.; Stroud C. (10-21-2015). Personality, spirituality, suicide, and self-injury proneness among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adult. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18 (9), 777-788.
- Laguardia A.; Watts R. (01-01-2013). Research and publication: Publication and citation. values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision Making, 189-193.
- Hays D.; Healey A. (01-01-2012). A discriminant analysis of gender and counselor professional identity development. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90 (1), 55-62.
- Byrd R.; Craigen L.; Healey A.; Schuster J.; Walley C. (01-01-2012). Erratum: Assessment and self-injury: Implications for counselors(Measurement and Evaluation in Couns. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 45 (1), 64.
- Bluestein D.; Healey A.; Rutledge C. (09-01-2011). Validation of the Insomnia Treatment Acceptability Scale (ITAS) in primary care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18 (3), 235-242.
- Bluestein D.; Healey A.; Rutledge C. (07-01-2011). Re: Sleep and the family doctor: Time to lead. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 24 (4), 478.
- Bluestein D.; Healey A.; Rutledge C. (05-01-2011). Acceptability of behavioral treatments for insomnia. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 24 (3), 272-280.
- Byrd R.; Craigen L.; Healey A.; Schuster J.; Walley C. (04-01-2010). Assessment and self-injury: Implications for counselors. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 43 (1), 3-15.
- Bluestein D.; Healey A.; Rutledge C. (03-01-2010). Psychosocial correlates of insomnia severity in primary care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 23 (2), 204-211.
- Cramer, Robert J; La Guardia, Amanda C; Bryson, Claire; Morgan, Kelley (2017). The intersection of nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide-related behavior: Patterns of elevated risk and implications for college mental health.. Journal of American college health : J of ACH, 1-9.
- Brubaker M.; Hearn B.; La Guardia A. (10-02-2017). Inappropriate Comparisons: The LGB Population's Missing Reference Group. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 11 (4), 247-258.
- La Guardia, A.C., Cramer, R.J., Brubaker, M., & Long, M.M. (2018). Community mental health provider responses to a competency-based training in suicide risk assessment and prevention. . Community Mental Health.
Experience & Service
- 2010 to 2016, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.
- 2008 to 2009, Faculty Adjunct, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
- 2010 to 2010, Temporary Full-Time Faculty, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
- State of Texas, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor 2010
- National Board of Certified Counselors, Nationally Certified Counselor 2008
- State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, MFT Board, LPCC-S 10-2018