- Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy believes in the revolutionary power of school counseling. An American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow with 30 years of experience as a former kindergarten teacher, elementary school counselor, family therapist, and most recently university professor and administrator, she has a wealth of knowledge, expertise and wisdom. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy is currently the Dean of the School of Education and a professor at American University (AU). She is also the author of the best-selling book School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success and her upcoming book, Antiracist Counseling in Schools and Communities. In her five years as Dean, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy founded AU’s Summer Institute on Education, Equity and Justice, and the AU Teacher Pipeline Project, a partnership with the DC Public Schools and Friendship Charter Schools. She is also actively working to develop an antiracist curriculum for teachers-in-training. Prior to leading the School of Education at AU, she served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs campus-wide and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where she launched the Johns Hopkins School Counseling Fellows Program and The Faculty Diversity Initiative. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy has also been an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland College Park and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Prior to leading the School of Education at AU, she served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs campus-wide and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where she launched the Johns Hopkins School Counseling Fellows Program and The Faculty Diversity Initiative. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy has also been an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland College Park and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy’s passion for school counseling, mental health and wellness starts at home. As a proud mother of two, she knows firsthand the importance of systemic change to help students reach their full potential. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Holcomb-McCoy holds her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia. She earned a doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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
Holcomb-McCoy, C. (1998). School refusal: Interventions for school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 1, 64-65.
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.
Work In Progress
Edited Book: Antiracist Counseling ins Schools and Communities. American Counseling Association Press: Alexandria, VA
Grants and Sponsored Research
2020- 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Antiracist Teacher Policy Initiative (ATPI): Leveraging Partnerships for Equitable Teacher Preparation Policies. Co-Principal Investigator. $150,000.
2019-2021 NSF ADVANCE Catalyst Grant. ADVANCE AU. Principal Investigator: $299,000
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
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
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