Dr. Caroline Lopez-Perry

Dr. Caroline Lopez-Perry is an Associate Professor and co-program coordinator in the School Counseling program. 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 focus on group counseling, school counseling classroom instruction, career and college readiness, and the recruitment and retention of school counselors of color. Dr. 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 recently completed her third term on the board of directors for the California Association of School Counselors (CASC). She has served on the editorial board for the Journal for Specialist in Group Work where she contributed 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 2021 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 605: Mental Health & Crisis Response in Schools

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

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Lopez-Perry, C. & Whitson, L. (2022). Engaging in political leadership and macrolevel advocacy: School counselors leading for student mental wellness. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 9(2). doi:10.1080/2326716X.2022.2085214

Levy, I. & Lopez-Perry, C. (2021). The school counselor’s role in anti-racist college counseling and advising. Journal of College AccessSpecial issue: Access and Blackness: Antiracist college counseling and advising.6(3), Article 3. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jca/vol6/iss3/3

Lopez-Perry, C., Tuttle, M., Hyun, J., & Robinson, S. (2021). A social justice recruitment and retention model for diversifying school counselor education. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 14(4). https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/jcps/vol14/iss4/8

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

Book Chapters

Lopez-Perry, C. , Hernandez, E., & Espinoza, E. (2022). Administrators leveraging school counseling supports to address disparities in school discipline. In A. Adams (Ed.) Approaching Disparities in School Discipline: Theory, Research, Practice, and Social Change (pp. 215-236). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-3359-1.ch009

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: 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.), Linked learning guidebook for integrated student supports. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center.

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.