Laura Choate Named Acting Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services

August 16, 2021

Laura ChoateLaura Hensley Choate, PhDPhoto Credit LSU

Dr. Laura Hensley Choate, Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor, will serve as the College of Human Sciences & Education Acting Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services, effective August 16, 2021. Choate's appointment follows Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, Matt Lee, announcing the appointment of Dr. Jackie Bach as the Acting Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Support Services in the LSU Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Bach previously served as CHSE Associate Dean since 2016.

The acting associate dean for academic programs and services provides stewardship for the college's academic programs to ensure that all university, college, and academic program requirements are followed. This position acts as the college liaison for all assessment activities and monitors/tracks accreditation and program review activities. This position coordinates all LSU Discover and SACS QEP undergraduate research activities and supervises the Office of Student Services providing comprehensive recruitment and retention services for the college, including the CHSE Residential College.

Dr. Choate has been with the counselor education program at LSU since 1999. She is the coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include girls’ and women’s mental health, including depression and eating disorders. She is the author of five books: Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Routledge, 2020); 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 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.

About CHSE:
As a college within Louisiana’s flagship university, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) impacts the lives of individuals in our state, nation, and the world through our research, service, teaching, and scholarship. We offer programs through our five schools: School of Education, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, School of Kinesiology, School of Library & Information Science, and School of Social Work. The University Laboratory School (ULS) is also under the college umbrella, enrolling approximately 1,400 K-12 students. ULS was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Fall 2015. The college is home to the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) which enrolls 175 children ages six weeks to four years old. The ECELP is a NAEYC accredited institution.

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