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Gerard Lawson

Associate Professor


Dr. Gerard Lawson is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech, past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association. Gerard earned his doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Since joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Lawson has published his research in prestigious journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, and The Clinical Supervisor. He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including counselor wellness, crisis response and resilience, and clinical supervision.

Gerard is currently the ACES representative to the ACA Governing Council, and is a trustee of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He chaired the ACA Taskforce on Crisis Response Planning and has authored several articles on counselor wellness and resilience, particularly when working in disaster mental health. Under his leadership, Virginia Tech’s Counselor Education Program awarded the 2009 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, and in 2011 Dr. Lawson was selected as the American Counseling Association’s Robert Rencken Professional Leadership Award, and in 2012 was awarded the John R. Cook Award by the Virginia Counselors Association, and was awarded the inaugural Martin Ritchie Award for Advocacy in 2015.   

Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia.


Ph.D.  Counselor Education and Supervision, College of William and Mary, 2002

M.S.Ed. Community and College Counseling, Longwood College, 1996

B.S. Family and Child Development, Family Studies, Virginia Tech, 1991

Licensed Professional Counselor—Virginia #0701003006

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor—Virginia #0710101458

National Certified Counselor--#235767

Approved Clinical Supervisor--#ACS00584

Dr. Lawson’s research interests include clinical supervision, counselor development, substance abuse counseling, and counselor wellness and impairment issues. Recent research publications in the Journal of Counseling and Development, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, The Clinical Supervision, and Counselor Education and Supervision further a strong line of inquiry, as well as demonstrate contributions to the field. Dr. Lawson’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies his commitment and contribution to the field. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants related to research on counselor wellness and the use of qualitative research on Triadic Supervision. He advises, teaches, and supervises graduate students in the Virginia Tech Counselor Education program.

Interests: Clinical supervision, counselor development, substance abuse counseling, and counselor wellness and impairment issues.

    Gerard Lawson

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