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Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as Professor and Dean of the School of Education. Previous to this role, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. She has held appointments as Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and Assistant Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Professional colleagues have recognized her with many awards for outstanding multicultural/diversity research, excellence in teaching, and exemplar service. She served as a Faculty Lilly Fellow at the University of Maryland and in 2016, she was selected as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow for her significant contributions in scientific achievement and teaching/training. Because of her expertise in college advising and counseling, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy was selected to participate as a consultant to the Obama Administration's Reach Higher Initiative. In July 2014, she was one of the plenary speakers at the White House's Summit on Higher Education held at Harvard University.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Books and Journal Special Issues

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Owen, L. (in press). School counseling and post secondary success. [Special Issue]. Journal of College Access.

Bryan, J., & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (Eds.) (2010). School-family-community partnerships: The school counselor’s role. [Special Issue], Professional School Counseling, 14.

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2007). School counseling to close the achievement gap: A social justice  framework for success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Lee, C. C. (Eds.), (2005). School counseling in urban settings. [Special issue]. Professional School Counseling, 8, (3).


Chapters in Edited Books

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (in press). Journey to advance equity: A never-ending road. In F. Bemak & R. Conyne (Eds.). Professional journeys of noted psychology and counseling professionals: Stories of courage, innovation, and risk-taking. Sage Publications.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Gonzalez, I. (2016). Counseling in schools: Issues and practice. In P. Pederson, J. G. Draguns, W. J., Lonner, J. E. Trimble, & M.S. Rio (Eds.), Counseling across cultures (7 th ed.) (pp. 247-274). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Gonzalez, I., Harris, P., & Hines, E. (2015). Urban school counseling: Implications for black male students. In M. Henfield & A. Washington (Eds.), School Counseling for Black Male Student Success in 21 st -Century Urban Schools (pp. 1-18). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.


Articles in Refereed Journals (+ Invited Work)

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Gonzalez, I., Young, A., & Owen, L. (in preparation). Using theory of change and logic models to evaluate school counseling programs.

Hines, E., & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2013). Parental characteristics, ecological factors, and the academic achievement of African American males. Journal of Counseling and Development, 91, 68-77.

Bryan, J., Moore-Thomas, C., Day-Vines, N. L., & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2011). School counselors as social capital: The effects of high school college counseling on college application rates. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 190-199.


Book Proposals in Progress

Holcomb-McCoy, C. African American students in transition: From high school to college.


Book Reviews and Other Intellectual Contributions

Book Reviews

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (1998). School refusal: Interventions for school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 1, 64-65.

ERIC Documents

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2004). Integrating multicultural perspectives in comprehensive guidance and counseling. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS (ERIC Document No. 476909)

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2001) Examining urban school counselors’ perceptions of school restructuring activities. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS (ERIC Document No. 452451

Holcomb-McCoy, C. C. (2000). Multicultural counseling training: A preliminary study. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS. (ERIC Document No. 428301).

The Counselor's Classroom (Webpage)

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2004). African American students transitioning to high school. The Counselor's Classroom, 4.

Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2004, Summer). Multiculturalism and CSI Chapters: Are we committed? Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, 19, 1.

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2001, Fall). Significant contribution to the literature: Handbook of Counseling. Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, 16, 13.

Holcomb-McCoy, C. (1999, Spring). Multicultural counseling competence and training: A national study. Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, 14, 6-12.

Grants and Sponsored Research

2015-2016 Kresge Foundation. National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success, Planning Grant for Landscape Study of School Counseling for College and Career Readiness. Principal Investigator: $150,000

2013 Prince Georges County Public Schools. Preplanning Study for Aspiring Leadership Program. Amount: $50,000

2012 Willard and Marriott Foundation. Price Roadmap to Researching Autism. Amount: $10,000

2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH). An RCT of a Motivational Interviewing Intervention to Promote Healthy Futures. Key Personnel. Grant not funded.

2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH).Healthy Futures: A Randomized Trial of a Motivational Interviewing Intervention to Promote Successful Transition to Adulthood. Grant not funded.

2011-2016 Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Double Check: A Cultural Proficiency and Student Engagement Model. Co-Principal Investigator. Amount: $1,676,576.00

2009-2010 The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Pursuing and Acquiring a College Education: The PACE Project. Principal Investigator.Amount: $58,325.

2006-2009 The College Board. Research Grant. Investigating the Influence of School Counselor Programs and Activities on Urban, Low-Income, Minority Students’ College Preparation: A Longitudinal Study. Principal Investigator. Amount: $298,000.

2007-2008 Baltimore County Public Schools. Learning Styles Inventory. Research Contract. Amount: $15,000


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Research Awards

2005 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Research Award: “Counselor educators seeking tenure and motherhood: A content analysis.

2003 The University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Faculty Research Award: "Coping, Race Related Stress, and Job Satisfaction Among African American Female Counselor Educators."


Fellowships and Awards

2016 American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow.

2016 Yates Achievement of Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty and Staff Association.

2012 Distinguished Scholar, Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. UNCG Alumni Association. UNCG School of Education.

2009 The National Advocacy Award for Family/Community Empowerment, National Office of School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA), The College Board.

2009 The Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award, Counselors for Social Justice.

2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Counselor Education and          Counseling Psychology, W. Michigan Univ. Kalamazoo MI.

2007 Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award, Association for  Multicultural Counseling and Development.

2003 Lilly Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow Award, University of  Maryland.

2001 Alumni Excellence Award, Department of Counseling and Human Development University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

2001 Outstanding Counselor Educator Award, Maryland Association for Counseling and Development.

1998 Outstanding Research Award, Chi Sigma Iota International.

1994 Outstanding Student Award, Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at  Greensboro.

1993 Marion Pope Franklin Award, Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1989 Graduate Fellowship, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia