Department of Human Services
Office Address: Biltmore Park,
2 Town Square, Room 320B
Social justice in education, multicultural education and competency, alternative education,
and school counseling praxis.
B.A. in Communications – Gardner-Webb University
M.A. in School Counseling – Lenoir-Rhyne University
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision – The University of North Carolina at
Dr. Merry Leigh Dameron, Assistant Professor, joined the Western Carolina faculty
in Fall 2019. A native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Dr. Dameron earned her Bachelor’s
degree in Communications at Gardner-Webb University. She has a Master’s degree in
School Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Her doctorate in Counselor Education
and Supervision is from The University of North Carolina in Charlotte.
Dr. Dameron has eight years of school counseling experience at the elementary, middle
school, and high school levels. She a member of the American Counseling Association,
the American School Counseling Association, The Association for Counselor Education
and Supervision, the North Carolina School Counseling Association, the Southern Association
for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. She
is a licensed professional school counselor in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Dameron, M. L., Camp, A., Friedman, B., & Foxx, S. P. (In print). Multicultural education
and perceived multicultural competency of school counselors. The Journal of Multicultural
Counseling and Development.
Dameron, M. L., Foxx, S. P., & Flowers, C. (2019). The impact of race, gender, and
socioeconomic status on school counselors’ alternative learning program placement
decisions: An experimental study. The Urban Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11256-019-00502-9
Dameron, M. L. (2016). Person-centered counseling and solution-focused brief therapy:
An integrative model for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 14(10).
Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v14n10.pdf
Foxx, S. P, Grimmett, M., & Dameron. M. L. (In print). Examining the use of digital
storytelling in a multicultural counseling course. The Journal of Multicultural Counseling
Foxx, S. P., Kennedy, S. D., Dameron, M. L., & Bryant, A. (2019). A phenomenological
exploration of diversity in counselor education. Journal of Professional Counseling:
Practice, Theory & Research, 46(1), 17-32. doi: 10.1080/15566382.2019.1569320
Selected Presentations (National)
Dameron, M.L., Vazquez, M., Saunders, R., & Perry, J. P. (October 2019). School counselor
trainees in action (research): A quasi-experimental study. To be presented at the
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
Dameron, M. L., & Camp., A. (June 2019). Serving students: Alternative, charter, and
private schools. The American School Counselor Association Conference. Boston, Massachusetts.
Dameron, M. L., Camp, A., Friedmann, B., & Foxx, S. P. (October 2017). Multicultural
education and multicultural competency for school counselors: Is there a connection?
Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Chicago,
Foxx, S. P., & Dameron, M. L. (October 2017). College and career readiness self-efficacy
inventory: A four factor model. Presented at the Pursuing Extraordinary Outcomes in
Public Education Conference. Charlotte, North Carolina.
Foxx, S. P., & Dameron, M. L. (March 2017). Motivational enhancement: Outcomes from
a small group intervention. Presented at the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference.
San Diego, California.
Dameron, M. L., & Camp, A. (March 2016). Preparing school counselors for service in
alternative, charter, and private schools. Presented at Innovations for School Counselor
Preparation Conference (ISCPC). Athens, GA.
Selected Presentations (State, Regional, and Local)
Dameron, M. L. (February 2019). Stopping the school to prison pipeline: School counselors
as advocates in school discipline. Presented at the Smoky Mountain Counselor Association
Conference. Jefferson City, TN.
Dameron, M. L. & Brewer, C. (November 2018). Hope for the hurting: Ways school counselors
can support heartbroken students. Presented at the Tennessee Counseling Association
Conference. Nashville, TN.
Brewer, C., Herscher, M. C., & Dameron, M. L. (November 2018). The ethics of self-care
in counseling: Exemplifying and inspiring holistic wellness. Presented at the Tennessee
Counseling Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
Dameron, M. L. (September 2017). The results of an investigation of referral processes
for alternative learning programs in North Carolina. Presented to the Board of Directors
for the North Carolina Association for Alternative Education. Raleigh, NC.