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Dr. Caroline Lopez-Perry

Dr. Caroline Lopez-Perry is an Assistant Professor and co-program coordinator in the School Counseling program. Her scholarly interests include career and college readiness, group counseling, school counselor curriculum, and school counselor leadership and training. Dr. Lopez-Perry's research on school counselor leadership centers on the school counselors’ role in promoting equity in education through program design, service delivery, advocacy, and educational reform. Her additional research focuses on school counselor preparation in delivering counseling curriculum via classroom instruction and the effectiveness of the counseling curriculum via group counseling and classroom instructionDr. Lopez-Perry takes pride in helping the school counseling profession develop the knowledge and skills to improve school counselor service delivery and K-12 educational outcomes and enjoys leading in-services and developing partnerships with school districts. 

Dr. Lopez-Perry is actively engaged in service to the counseling profession. She is currently serving her third term on the board of directors for the California Association of School Counselors (CASC). She is on the editorial board for the Journal for Specialist in Group Work where she contributes her expertise in the area of group counseling and counseling curriculum. Dr. Lopez-Perry has been a noteworthy leader in the California school counseling landscape. She was a member of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential Work Group for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and assisted in the development of the recently updated California CTC standards for school counselors. She can also be credited with contributions to the CASC Best Practice Guidelines for California School Counselors. Dr. Lopez-Perry is the recipient of the 2020 CASC Counselor Educator of the Year award and the 2019 Alabama Counseling Association Research Award. 

Graduate courses taught:

COUN 510: Laws & Ethics in Counseling

COUN 606: Current Issues in School Counseling

COUN 638: Group Counseling

COUN 643A: Fieldwork Supervision

COUN 695C: Integrative Seminar in Professional School Counseling


Ph.D. Counselor Education, Ohio University, 2013

M.S. Counseling, PPS Credential, California State University, Long Beach, 2005

B.S. Psychobiology, UCLA, 2001

Representative Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Lopez-Perry, C. (2020). Transformational leadership and the big five personality traits of counselor educators. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 7(2) 132-146. doi:10.1080/2326716X.2020.1820406

Tuttle, M., Grimes, L. E., & Lopez-Perry, C. (2019). Career-decision making: school counselors in counselor education doctoral programs. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 1(1). doi:10.7290/tsc010107

Lopez, C.J., & Mason, E.C. (2017). School counselors as curricular leaders: A content analysis of ASCA lesson plans.Professional School Counseling Journal, 21 (1b) 1-12. doi:10.1177/2156759x18773277  

Brady, J., Busse, R. T., & Lopez, C. J. (2014.) Monitoring school consultation intervention outcomes for data-based decision making: An application of the goal attainment scaling method.  Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 5, 63-69.

Lopez, C., & Bhat, C. S. (2007). Supporting Students with Incarcerated Parents in Schools: A Group Intervention. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 32, 139-153.

Book Chapters

Lopez-Perry C. & Olsen, J., & Castro, A. (in press). Answering the call for career and college readiness in middle school: A university-district partnership for school counselor preparation. In A. Ortiz (Ed.), Making students career and college ready through Linked Learning pathways

Lopez-Perry, C., & Olsen, J. (2020). Engaging middle school students in career and college exploration and planning. In C. Martinez, B. Hsieh, & F. Gomez (Eds.), Insights from practice: Reflections on linked learning implementation in secondary settings. 

Mason, E.C. & Lopez-Perry, C. (2019). Tier one: Classroom management. In Goodman-Scott, E., Betters-Bubon, J., & Donohue, P. (Eds.), A school counselor’s guide to Multi-tiered Systems of Support. New York City, NY: Routledge.

Olsen, J. & Lopez-Perry, C. (2019). Preparing high school counselors to support college and career readiness for all.  In Ruiz de Velasco, J. (Ed.). A Guide to Integrated Student Supports for College and Career Pathways: Lessons from Linked Learning High Schools. Stanford, CA. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

Robinson, M., Procter, J., Henry, J., Lopez, C.J., & Erby, A. (2016) Social issues in transgenderism: Creating a safe environment. In R.W. Summers (Ed.) Social Psychology:  How Other People Influence Our Thoughts and Actions. ABC-CLIO. 

Recent Conference Presentations

Whitson, L. & Lopez-Perry, C. (November, 2019). The state of school counseling in California: A 2020 vision for the profession. Orange County School Counselor Symposium. Anaheim, CA.

Lopez-Perry, C. & Olsen, J. (October, 2019). An emerging profession and solutions for chronic absenteeism, school climate, discipline, and college career preparation. Superintendent Symposium, California Association of School Counselors. Riverside, California.

Lopez-Perry, C., & Mason, E.C. (October 2019). Examining school counselors’ competence in lesson plan design. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.  

Lopez-Perry, C., Tuttle, M., Hyun, J.H., Henfield, M. (July, 2018). Pursuing a Ph.D. as a school counselor of color. American School Counselor Association National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Lopez-Perry, C. & Mason, E.C. (February, 2018). Examining the lesson plan design practices of school counselors.  Association for Specialists in Group Work National Conference, Savannah, GA.