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Laura Choate

Laura Choate

Associate Professor
Counselor Education Program
Department of Theory, Policy and Practice
LSU College of Education

What was your previous position and where?

My appointment at LSU is my first faculty position. Prior to my hire at LSU in 2000, I had worked as a licensed mental health counselor in several agency and college counseling settings.

What brought you to LSU?

I was interested in working at a major research university like LSU primarily due to the strengths of the counselor education program faculty and the opportunity I would have to work in a highly applied program that prepares mental health counselors and school counselors.

What is your research interest?

My research interests are in the area of girls’ and women’s wellness. This involves a variety of issues that disproportionately affect girls and women across the lifespan, including the prevention of violence against women and eating disorders treatment/prevention. Most recently I have become interested in examining the toxic cultural influences that affect girls in early girlhood and how these pressures impact the development of many of the mental health problems that are currently increasing in today’s adolescent girls.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

In addition to being an active contributor to the counselor education program and the College of Education, I plan to continue my research in girls' and women’s wellness. I am excited to be currently working on two books which are both under contract — “Counseling Adolescent Girls: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention”; and an edited book, “Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Treatment and Prevention.”

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I appreciate the beautiful campus and the opportunity to work with the counselor education program faculty who have been so supportive of my work throughout my time at LSU. I have also enjoyed department and college-level administration and colleagues who provide the structure and support I need in order to pursue my career goals. In addition, it has been gratifying to see our program graduates making a difference in their communities through their work as professional counselors. The last — but certainly not least! — enjoyable highlight for me has been frequent visits with my young children to see Mike the Tiger!

What are your major accomplishments?

My major accomplishments during my time at LSU have been to serve as editor of the Journal of College Counseling, to currently serve as the guest editor for a special issue on eating disorders treatment and prevention in the Journal of Counseling and Development, and to have published my first book, “Girls and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions.” I am also honored to have been appointed by the governor to serve on the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners and to oversee its discipline process, handling all of the ethical complaints that are filed against counselors in this state. I am committed to continuing my service to the state and to the counseling profession.


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