Choate receives Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service


Laura Choate, Jo Ellen Levy Yates Professor, Counselor Education, received the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award for 2016 from the LSU Office of Academic Affairs for her sustained record in teaching, research, and service. She was honored at a reception at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on May 4, 2016.

Choate, Ed.D., LPC-S, has 15 years of experience as a counselor educator at LSU and 16 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Choate is the author of four books: 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), and Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture (2015, Oxford University Press).

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Choate has 40 publications in journals and in books, most of which have been related to girls’ and women’s wellness. She served as guest editor for the 2012 themed issue on eating disorders in the Journal of Counseling and Development and was awarded the 2013 Best Practices Award by the American Counseling Association (ACA) for her work in the area of eating disorders treatment.

Choate is recognized as an expert in the area of girls’ and women’s issues in mental health counseling, and has been interviewed and featured in Ladies Home Journal, Parents Magazine, Counseling Today, WebMD,, and other publications.

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