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College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. Lisen Roberts

Department Head
Department of Human Services

Lisen Roberts

 

Phone: 828-227-2291
Email: lroberts@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: 91 Killian Building Lane, Room 208A

Research Interest: Cross cultural issues; ethical issues in counseling; school counseling

Education

  • Ph.D., Family Studies (Cognate: Counseling), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1997
  • M.Ed., School Counseling and Consultation, Keene State College, Keene, NH, 1993
  • B.S., Secondary Special Education, Keene State College, Keene, NH, 1989

Biography:

Dr. Roberts came to Western Carolina University in 1997. She has served as Child and Family Studies Program Director (1997-2001), School Counseling Program Leader (2001-2008), Graduate Counseling Program Director (2008-2019), and Human Services Department Head (2019-present). She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA), North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA), and an alumna of the Racial Equity Institute.

Selected Recent Publications & Presentations:

Roberts, L. C. (2019, February). The history of American racism: A foundation for counselors committed to advocacy. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association conference, Durham, NC.

Roberts, L. C. (2019, February). Historical roots of racism in the USA. Presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change Conference, Savannah, GA.

Roberts, L. C. (2018, November). Legal and ethical issues for school counselors: Self-harm and suicide. McDowell County school counselors, Marion, NC.

Roberts, L. C. & Thompson, H. (2018, February). Texting crisis lines: Trends and ethical issues. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association conference, Durham, NC.

Roberts, L. C., Habel, J., & Graham, L. (2017, November). Trombone Shorty: Storybooks and activities for career classroom guidance. Presented at the North Carolina School Counselor Association conference, Greensboro, NC.

Roberts, L. C. (2017, February). How does a white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class faculty member teach diversity? Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change Conference, Savannah, GA.

Roberts, L. C., Hinds, M., & Moloney, D. (2016, February). Learning to see blindspots: Ethical considerations on multicultural competence. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association conference, Greensboro, NC.

Curtis, R., & Roberts, L. C. (2016, February). Counseling success stories: What helped and what hindered. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association conference, Greensboro, NC.

Roberts, L. C., & Gill, L. J. (2015, February). The ethical use of social media in counseling. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association conference, Greensboro, NC.

Roberts, L. C., & Franzo, T. B. (2014). Requiring personal therapy for counselors-in-training: Application of an ethical decision making model. VISTAS 2014.

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