Professor of Counselor Education, Choate, writes book about how parents can teach their daughters to resist negative cultural messages


Swimming UpstreamLaura Choate, EdD, LPC, is a Jo Ellen Levy Yates Professor of Counselor Education, Louisiana State University. Dr. Laura Choate has 15 years of experience as a counselor educator at LSU and 16 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Choate was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Research Award by the College of Human Sciences and Education and the 2013 Best Practices Award by the American Counseling Association. She is a former editor of the Journal of College Counseling.

She has written three books and 40 publications in journals and books, the majority of which are related to girls’ and women’s mental health.

Based on years of research and counseling literature, her fourth and most recent book, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture, is a guide to help parents teach their daughters to resist negative cultural messages. The book contains the strategies that parents need to prepare their daughters with the life skills they need to resist destructive cultural influences.

Dr. Choate teaches in the Counselor Education program in the School of Education. The School of Education offers a Master of Education in Counseling, with two distinct program concentrations: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. These programs prepare students to function as professional counselors in a variety of settings such as schools, college counseling centers, mental health treatment facilities, and private practice.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.