University Park, IL,
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Leonis S. Wright, Ph.D.


School Counseling, Group Dynamics, Human Relational Skills, Lifespan Development Issues, LGBQT+ Youth and Adolescents Education and Careers Expert

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Dr. Leonis S. Wright is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development-Division of Psychology and Counseling. She teaches in the Master of Arts in Counseling program, preparing future school counselors. 

She holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed./Ed.S. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina, as well as a B.A. in Journalism, Public Relations, also from the University of South Carolina.  

Dr. Wright’s Research Focus:

  • LGBTQ+ youth and adolescents career development
  • School counselors' role in supporting students' mental health

Relevant Work (peer-reviewed publications):

  • Ockerman, M. & Wright, L.S. (in-progress). Antiracist School Counseling: School Counselor Educators’ Perceptions of Practice
  • Guzman, Y.Z., Can, A., Wright, L.S., & Tadros, E.  (in-progress). Wearing many hats: The lived experience of professional school counselors. 
  • Rock, W.D., Pincus, R., Justice, J.M., Wright, L.S., Hannor-Walker, T., Wilder, C., Money-Brady, J., Ebersole, D.B., Bohecker, L., & Schwyn, A. (in-progress). School counselors’ and administrators’ perceptions of counselors’ roles in supporting students’ mental health.  
  • Hannor-Walker, T., Pincus, R., Wright, L.S., Rock, W., Money-Brady, J. & Bohecker, L. (2022). School counselors and administrators agree: Time and testing are barriers. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 18(2). 1-18.
  • Wright, L.S., Borland, J., & Can, A. (2022). Addressing the career needs of transgender and gender expansive students. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 7(1). 61-70.
  • Pincus, R., Ebersol, D., Justice, J., Hannor-Walker, T., & Wright, L. (2021). School counselor roles for student success during a pandemic. Journal of School Counseling, 19(29). 1-35. http:/
  • Pincus, R., Hannor-Walker, T., Wright, L.S., & Justice, J. (2020). COVID-19’s Effect on students: How school counselors rise to the rescue. National Association of Secondary  School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin 104(4) 241–256DOI: 10.1177/0192636520975866
  • Wright, L.S. (2020). Understanding the call of social justice advocacy: A phenomenological study of high school counselors. Georgia School Counseling Association Journal. 25. 18-33.

Dr. Wright is available to talk about the issues faced by school counselors, including the career needs of LGBTQ+ students and mental health in students. If you would like to arrange an interview with Dr. Wright, please contact Zion Banks, Media & External relations, 708.235.7685 or