Laura Hensley Choate
Jo Ellen Levy Yates Professor, Counselor Education
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990
Master's Degree: Psychology, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia, 1992
Ed.D.Counselor Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1997
Phone: (225) 578-1248
Office: 122D Peabody Hall
Dr. Laura Hensley Choate, Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor, has been with the counselor education program since 1999. She is the coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include girls’ and women’s mental health, including body image concerns and eating disorders in women. She is the author of four books, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015), Girls’ and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions (2008), Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (edited), both published by the American Counseling Association, and Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention (Springer Publications, 2013). She was awarded the 2016 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award, 2014 College of Human Sciences & Education Distinguished Research Award and the 2012 ACA Best Practices Award for her work in the area of eating disorders treatment and prevention. She was the 2004-2006 editor of the Journal of College Counseling and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling and Development for two terms. She regularly conducts workshops for local schools and agencies regarding parenting girls. She served for 10 years on the board of the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, serving two years as Board Chair and eight years as Discipline Committee Chair. Dr. Choate teaches Introduction to Counseling Services, Analysis of the Individual, Girls and Women’s Issues in Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum. Dr. Choate can be contacted at (225) 578-1248 or by email (email@example.com).
Awards & Honors
American Counseling Association Best Practices Award. American Counseling Association, March 2013.
American College Counseling Association Excellence in Research Award, American College Counseling Association, 2004.
Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Nontenured Faculty Award for the Humanities and Sciences, Louisiana State University, March 2003.
ACCA Research Grant Recipient, American College Counseling Association. Award for proposal research, "Drug-facilitated sexual assault: Implications for college counseling outreach." April, 2001.
ACES Research Grant Recipient, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Award for proposal research, "The faculty advisor role: Implications for enhanced program accountability." April 2001.
Service Learning Grant Recipient, Louisiana State University. Award for proposed service learning project, "Community service to enhance group leadership development: A collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana." February, 2001.
ACES Research Grant Recipient, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Award for proposal research by Hensley, L. G., Smith, S. L. "Practices and procedures regarding the assessment of student professional development in CACREP-approved programs." April 1999.
Girls and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions (2008, American Counseling Association)
Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (edited; 2013, American Counseling Association)
Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention (2013, Springer Publications)
Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture (2015, Oxford University Press)
Snapp, S., Choate, L., & Ryu. E. (2012). A body image resilience model for first-year
college women. Sex Roles, 63, 1-11.
Choate, L., & Gintner, G. (2011). Prenatal depression: Best practice guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Counseling and Development, 89, 373-381.
Choate, L. (2011). Negotiating cultural pressures: A treatment model for binge eating in adolescent girls. Women and Therapy, 34, 1-16.
Choate, L. H. (2010). Treatment for College Women Experiencing EDNOS: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model. Journal of College Counseling, 13, 73-86.
Choate, L. H., & Schwitzer, A. M. (2009). Mental health counseling responses to eating-related concerns in young women: A prevention and treatment continuum. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 164-183.
Choate, L. (2007). Counseling adolescent girls for body image resilience: Strategies for school counselors. Professional School Counselor, 10, 317-326.
Hensley Choate, L. (2005). Toward a theoretical model of body image resilience. Journal of Counseling and Development, 83, 320-330.
Choate, L. (February, 2013). Treatment for Depression in Girls and Women. Invited webinar presentation to 324 international and national mental health professionals. Sponsored by American Counseling Association webinar series on treatments for depression.
Presentations at Professional Meetings:
Choate, L., & Wilson, H. (March 2015). Treatment for Depression in Girls and Women. American Counseling Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
Choate, L. (March 2013). Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselors’ Guide to Prevention and Treatment. ACA Book Author Session. American Counseling Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
Choate, L. (October, 2012). Treatments for Binge Eating in College Students. American College Counseling Association National Conference, Orlando, FL.
Choate, L., & Curry, J. (March, 2011). Combating Harmful Media Influences on Girls’ Mental Health: Implications for Prevention, Advocacy, and Treatment. 3-hour Preconference Learning Institute, American Counseling Association 2011 Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Choate, L. (March, 2010). Girls’ and Women’s Wellness: Counseling Issues and Interventions. ACA Book Author Session. American Counseling Association 2010 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Choate, L. H. (October, 2009). Teaching Girls and Women’s Wellness: A Counselor Education Course Design. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2009 Conference, San Diego, CA.
American Counseling Association Publications Committee, appointed 2008-2011
Chair, 2009-2010; 2010-2011
External Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2011
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counseling and Development, 2003-2006; 2008-2011; 2011-2014
Guest Editor, Journal of Counseling and Development, Special Section on Eating Disorders Prevention and Treatment, Summer 2012
Editorial Board Member, Eating Disorders Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 2012-15
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 2013-2016.
Editor, Journal of College Counseling, 2004-2006
Associate Editor, Journal of College Counseling, 2002-2004.
Editorial Board Member, Journal of College Counseling, 2000-2002
Laura Choate website: https://drlaurachoate.wordpress.com/
Psychology Today Blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/girls-women-and-wellness