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School Counseling Research

Advancing the Professional Evidence Base

Edited by Brett Zyromski and Carey Dimmitt

Publication Date - 25 July 2023

ISBN: 9780197650134

464 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches


This practical book provides researchers with strategies for conducting socially just school-based research. This comprehensive text provides a resource for those interested in conducting school counseling research within school settings. The volume includes a wealth of knowledge from expert scholars in the field to equip researchers with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to conduct rigorous intervention research with schools.

School counseling researchers, counselor education doctoral students, district personnel, and those that review research will have a deep and rich source to support their evolving collaborative research in schools. The editors organize the book to walk readers through the process of creating successful research partnerships with schools that will result in ethical outcomes from their research efforts. Readers are guided through the process of conceptualizing ethical and socially just research in partnership with schools, how to create strong research questions and match those questions with corresponding data analysis approaches, and practical suggestions for how to do the research. The book concludes with steps for the researcher to successfully disseminate their research findings to scholars, school partners and stakeholders, and school counseling practitioners.


  • Provides a clear and powerful connection between theory and practice
  • Incorporates an anti-racist school counseling lens and social justice approach throughout the text
  • Equips school counselor practitioner scholars and aspiring practitioner scholars with the knowledge and skills (the how) needed to create a research base to support professional school counseling practice

About the Author(s)

Brett Zyromski, PhD is Associate Professor, School Counseling Department, The Ohio State University. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the annual National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference.

Carey Dimmitt, PhD is Program Director and Professor, School Counseling Program, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: A Framework for Conducting School Counseling Research in the Current Educational Environment
    Chapter 2: Access to Schools: Relationships with Stakeholders and Systems
    Chapter 3: Ethical Research in Schools: Navigating the IRB Process at the District and University Levels
    Chapter 4: Research Questions that Contribute to Sound Study Designs for School Counseling
    Chapter 5: Developmental and Social Considerations When Conducting Research with Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 6: Using Assessment Instruments in School-Based Research
    Chapter 7: Research Design: Quantitative Approaches
    Chapter 8: Research Design: Qualitative Approaches
    Chapter 9: Research Designs: Action Research
    Chapter 10: Single Case Research Design: A Practical Option in School Counseling Research
    Chapter 11: Program Evaluation in Professional School Counseling
    Chapter 12: Ensuring Treatment Fidelity and Clean Data Collection
    Chapter 13: Data Analysis Procedures in School Counseling Research
    Chapter 14: Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

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