Faculty & Staff Directory

Anita Young, PhD

Associate Professor

Keywords: Counseling; college readiness; data and accountability; leadership

O: (301) 315-2891

Anita Young is an associate professor of counseling and human development. Her research focuses on examining school counselor leadership practices and using data and accountability strategies to close achievement and opportunity gaps that promote college readiness. She has presented at numerous local, state, regional and national workshops specific to her research interests and published in scholarly journals. She is co-author of Making DATA Work, a publication designed to train school counselors to use data to drive program decisions and to address educational inequities (e.g., dropout rates, academic achievement, and college access). She is also co-author of School Counselor Leadership: The Essential Practice, which attempts to identify and increase school counselor leadership capacity to lead data-driven comprehensive school counseling programs. Prior to her appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, she gained extensive experience in the field of education serving as a special educator teacher, school psychometrist, school counselor and district school counseling supervisor. In addition, she has served on state association boards and national councils.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Ohio State University, Counselor Education

M.Ed. Boston University, Counselor Education

B.S. University of Southern Mississippi

COURSES TAUGHT

Foundations of School Counseling
School Counselor Leadership and Consultation
School Counseling Internship
Counseling Theories and Practice

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS AWARDED

2013-2014 “College Attainment Project (CAP) Initiative”, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Projector Director/ PI – Anita Young

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Young, A., & Miller-Kneale, M. (2013). School counselor leadership: The essential practice. American School Counselor Association.

Kaffenberger, C., & Young, A. (2013). Making DATA work 3rd. American School Counselor Association.

Young, A., Millard, T., & Miller-Kneale, M. (2013). Enhancing school counselor instructional leadership through collaborative teaming: Implications for principals. NASSP Bulletin, 97, 253-270.

Young, A., & Kaffenberger, C. (2012). Making DATA Work: A process for conducting action research. Journal of School Counseling, 11, 2.

Young, A., & Kaffenberger, C. (2011). The beliefs and practices of school counselors who use data to implement comprehensive school counseling programs. Professional School Counseling, 15, 2, 67-76.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Young, A. (2011). High school career counseling: Preparing youth for college and other alternatives. In D. Capuzzi & M. Shauffer (Eds.), Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications (pp. 341-369). New York: Routledge.

Young, A., & Kaffenberger C. (2009). Making DATA work 2ed. American School Counselor Association.

Young, A., Hardy, V., Biernesser, K., Hamilton, C., Sun, L., & Niebergall, S. (2009). Empowering students: Using data to transform a bullying prevention and intervention program. (Special issue). Professional School Counseling, 12, 6, 413-420.

Young, A., & Kaffenberger C. (2007) Making DATA work. American School Counselor Association.

Recent Presentations:

Young, A. & Owen, L. (2014) Cultivating School Counselor Leadership Capacity, American Counseling Association. Hawaii

Stephanie, E., Ockerman, M., Chen-Hayes, S., & Young, A. (2013). Building Professional Bridges: Counselor Educators, Site Supervisors, and School Counselor Candidates Collaborating to Close K-16 Achievement, Opportunity, and Attainment Gaps (TSCCAIN). Denver, CO

Young, A. (2013) Building School Counselor Leadership Capacity, ACES conference.

Shillingford-Butler, M.A. & Young, A. (2012) Influence of clinical experiences on school counseling student’s leadership practice, Southern Association for Counselor Educators, Savannah, GA

Kaffenberger, C. & Young, A. (2012) Getting to RAMP: School counselors conducting action research. American School Counselor Association, Minneapolis, MN

Millard, T., Miller, M., & Young, A. (2012) Collaboration via professional learning communities, American School Counselor Association, Minneapolis, MN

Young, A. & Holcomb-McCoy (2011) School counselor leadership: Conceptual models. Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, Nashville, TN.

Young, A. & Kaffenberger, C. (2011) Reporting your results: Using data results to guide effective school counseling programs. American School Counselor Association, Seattle, WA.

Young, A. (2010) School counselor leadership: conceptual models, Content session presented at Southern Association for Counselor Education Supervision, Williamsburg, VA

Holcomb-McCoy, C. & Young, A. (2010) Why school counselors? Becoming a data expert and change agent for your school, Pre-conference session at College Board Middle Regional Forum Washington, D.C.

WEBINARS

Young, A., & Miller-Kneele (2012). Building School Counselor Leadership Capacity.

American School Counselor Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010- Present Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Counseling and Human Services

2009 Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services

2004-2009 Adjacent Professor, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

2004-2009 District School Counseling Administrator, Fairfax County Public School Division

2003-2004
1999-2001 Director of Student Services, Fairfax County Public School Division

1992-1999 School Counselor, Augusta, GA & Fairfax County Public School Division

1990-1992 Special Education Teacher, DeRidder, Louisiana

SCHOLARLY/RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cultivating school counselor leadership
Using accountability strategies to ensure equitable services and success for all students

Examining Best School Counseling Practices

PUBLICATIONS

Young, A., & Kaffenberger C. (2009) Making DATA work 2ed. American School Counselor Association.

Young, A., Hardy, V., Biernesser, K., Hamilton, C., Sun, L., & Niebergall, S. (2009).
Empowering Students: Using data to transform a bullying prevention and intervention
program. (Special issue). Professional School Counseling, 12, 6, 413-420.

Young, A. (2009, June) District receives American and reinvestment act of 2009 (ARRA)
“stimulus” funding to restore school counselor positions. ASCA School Counselor,
46, 6, 8-9.

Young, A. (2009, June) Transforming school counseling services in FCPS, PLT Compass
Direction, Instruction, and Inspiration for Leaders, 13.

Kaffenberger, C., & Young, A. (2007) Making DATA work. American School Counselor
Association.

Kaffenberger, C., & Young, A. (2007, November). Data is not a four letter word. ASCA School
Counselor, 44, 16-21.

NATIONAL AND STATE PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Young, A. & Kaffenberger, C. (2010, March) School Counselors in Changing Times: Ten Reasons
to be a Data Driven School Counselor, Keynote presentation at the Virginia School Counselor
Association (VSCA), Richmond, Virginia

Young, A. & Price, E. (2009, June) Creating a District Culture: Comprehensive School
Counseling Services for all Students, Pre-conference session presented at the annual
Conference of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Dallas, Texas

Young, A. & Kaffenberger, C. (2009, June) Data: A Tool for Systemic Change, Content
session presented at the annual Conference of the American School Counselor
Association (ASCA), Dallas, Texas

Young. A. & Kaffenberger, C. (2008, June) Making DATA Work, Content session presented
at the annual Conference of the American School Counselor Association Annual
Conference (ASCA), Atlanta, Georgia

Young, A. & Hinkelman-Heine, L. (2008, June) Advocacy-Achievement-Access, Content session
presented at the annual Conference of the American School Counselor Association
Annual Conference (ASCA), Atlanta, Georgia

Kaffenberger, C. & Young. A. (2008, June) Making DATA Work, Pre-conference session
presented at the annual conference of the American School Counselor Association
(ASCA), Denver, Colorado

Kaffenberger, C. & Young, A. (2006, June) Working Smarter Not Harder, Content session
presented at the annual conference of the Virginia School Counselor Association Annual
Conference, (VSCA) Richmond, VA

Young, A. (2004, June) School counselor leadership: The perceptions and practices of
graduates from The Ohio State University school counseling program, Content session
presented at The Education Trust Fifth School Counseling Summer Academy, Norfolk, VA.

Young, A. & Sears, S. (2003, November) Promising Practices for Increasing Opportunities and
Closing Achievement Gaps, Content session presented at The Education Trust 14th
Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Young, A. (2003, February) Resiliency Counseling: School Counseling Interventions
for At-Risk Students, Roundtable discussion presented at the annual Holmes Partnership National Conference, Washington, D.C.

Young, A. & Case, B. (2002, November) Maintaining and Sustaining Parental Involvement,
Content session presented at the All Ohio Counselors Conference State Columbus, Ohio.

Hinkelman, L. & Young, A. (2002, November) Exploring Your World: A Model for
Infusing Career Exploration Activities into School Counseling, Content session presented
at All Ohio Counselors State Conference Columbus, Ohio.