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Research Interests


School Counseling Interventions

I am interested in assessing the effectiveness of interventions utilized by school counselors. Additionally, I am curious about "best practices" for school counseling and evaluating these practices for effectiveness for use with diverse student populations.


The School Counselor's Role in School Crisis Intervention

I seek to assess the role and preparation of school counselors regarding school re-entry after a school crisis. 


The School Counselor's Role in Mitigating School Disciplinary Practices

My final research area of interest is assessing the school counselor's role and ability to advocate for students experiencing disproportionate disciplinary action. I am especially interested in evaluating the school-to-prison pipeline.


Wills, L., Bradford, E., & Erford, B. T. (2023). Meta-study for Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology (JSACP) from 2007-2019. Journal for Social Action in Counseling Research, 14(2)127-139.

Cheng, Y., Wills, L., Wise, H., & Erford, B. (under review). Psychometric Synthesis of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). Journal of Counseling and Development. 

Erford, B.T., Chang, C., Crockett, S., Byrd, R., Johnsen, S., Maclnerney, E., Menzies, A., Milosky, A., Saks, J., Wills, L., (et al.). (2023). An Omnibus Synthesis of 22 Counseling Journals from  2010-2019. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling, 56(3), 187-208.  

Kim, H., Lemberger-Truelove, M. E., Wills, L. N., Basner, E. J., & Tipton, J. L. (in-press). Mechanisms of change in school counseling intervention studies: A content analysis. Professional School Counseling.

 Kwag, D., Change, C., Hinkle, D., Erford, B., & Wills, L. (in-press). A meta-study of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling: An analysis of publication characteristics from 2000-2019. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Lemberger-Truelove, M. E., Li, D., Kim, H., Wills, L., Thompson, K., &Yu-Lee, L. (under review). Meta-analysis of Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Delivered by School Counselors. Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Book Chapters

The University of Tennessee

Barrio Minton, C. & Wills, L. Brief counseling: Principles and practices-Solution-Focused counseling. (under review).

Current Research Experience

The University of Tennessee

School-based interventions and school connectedness

Past Research Experience

Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology Meta-Study

Vanderbilt University

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) Psychometric Synthesis

Vanderbilt University

The Moore Laboratory

University of Tennessee

Cognitive Aging Laboratory

University of South Florida

Auditory and Speech Sciences Laboratory

University of South Florida

Infant Visual Cognition Laboratory

 University of Tennessee

Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Literacy Laboratory

University of Tennessee

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