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Ileana Gonzalez, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Ileana Gonzalez, assistant professor in the Counseling department, joined the faculty in 2012. She holds a CACREP accredited Masters and Education Specialist degree in School Counseling and Educational Media and Instructional Design from the University of Florida and a CACREP accredited Doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally and written on topics relating to urban school counselors and social justice and social justice related issues in counselor education. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Chi Sigma Iota-International Counseling Honor Society, Counselors for Social Justice and the Association of Multicultural Counseling Development. She has previously served as the Chapter faculty advisor for the Johns Hopkins University Lambda Chapter of CSI and was recently awarded the 2020 Counselor Educator of the year by the Maryland School Counseling Association.


Ph.D., Counselor Education , 2013 University of Maryland, College Park, MD. CACREP Accredited Program

Dissertation: An examination of the relationship between practicing urban school counselors’ colorblind racial ideology and social justice factors suchas supports, barriers, self-efficacy and outcome expectations, and social justice interests and commitment.
Cognate: School Counseling

M.Ed., Ed.S., School Counseling and Guidance 2000 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. CACREP Accredited Program

B.A., Elementary Education, 1998 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Specialization: Educational Media and Instructional Design


American School Counselor Association, Member: 2006-Present

American Counseling Association, Member: 2006-Present

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Member 2012-Present

ACES-School Counselor Interest Network Member 2016-Present

Counselors for Social Justice Member: 2006-Present

Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society

International, Member: 2006-Present


Refereed Journals

Young A., Gonzalez, I.A., Owen, L. and Heltzer, J. V (2015) The Journey from Counselor-In-Training to Practitioner Researcher. Professional School Counseling: 2014-2015, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 217-226.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Gonzalez, I. A.,& Johnston, G. (2009). School counselor dispositions as predictors of data usage. Professional School Counseling,12(5), 343-351. https://doi.org/10.5330/PSC.n.2010-12.343

Butler, A.L., Gonzalez, I. A., & Lee, C.C. (2008). Social justice: What it means for counselors in schools and rehabilitation settings. Counseling and Human Development, 40(6), 1-8. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/206792489?accountid=11752

Book Chapters

Holcomb-McCoy, C.,Harris, P., Hines E. & Gonzalez I. A. (2015)Urban School Counseling: Implications for Black Male Students. School Counseling for Black Male Student Success in 21stCentury Urban Schools. Information Age Publishing.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Gonzalez, I. A.(2014).Counseling in schools: Issues and practice. Counseling Across Cultures. Sage Publications.

Non-refereed Journals

Holcomb-McCoy, C., Young, A., & Gonzalez, I. A. (2011). Transforming urban school counselor education for the next century. New Horizons For Learning, Vol. 4, No. 1.


Carlson, N., Colon, L., Gonzalez, I. A., & Owen, L.(March, 2019). SchoolCounselors Leading the Charge: Social Justice through Advocacy. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Gonzalez, I. A. (2018).El Futuro Escolar es mi Decision. Latino Education Advancement Fund (LEAF)Inaugural Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Hesse, E. & Gonzalez, I. A.(June, 2017). Documenting Your Undocumented Students Environment. 2017 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference, NASPA Student Affairs in Higher Education, Washington, District of Columbia.

Gonzalez, I. (facilitator) (October 2016). How to Have Courageous Conversations.Connecting the Dots: Cultural Competence, Counseling, and College and Career Readiness of Underserved Youth, 5th National Reach Higher/White House Convening, Washington, District of Columbia.

Gonzalez, I. A. (October, 2015). Action Research as a Catalyst for Systemic Change in Schools. 2015 ACES Conference, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Day-Vines, N., Gonzalez, I. A.(author) (March, 2014). Helping African American Students Attending Private Schools Develop a Blueprint for Securing Social and Cultural Capital. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, American Counseling Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gonzalez, I.A. (March, 2014). Making Mental Health Referrals in School-Based Settings.American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Conference, American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, Baltimore, Maryland.

Owen, L., & Gonzalez, I. A.(July, 2013). The voices of inner city youth: Using the ASCA national model to foster systemic change within the urban school context.American School Counselor Association Conference (ASCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Young, A., & Gonzalez, I. A. (October, 2010). How to evaluate school counselinginterventions: An evidence based approach.Maryland SchoolCounselor Association 2010 Fall Conference. Maryland School Counselor Association, Timonium, Maryland.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Gonzalez, I. A. (April, 2009). Developing a college-going culture: What the research says and how to apply it!National Office for School Counselor Advocacy of the College Board National Conference.Las Vegas, Nevada.

Holcomb-McCoy, C., & Gonzalez, I. A.(June, 2008). College-going rates in high-minority, high-poverty schools: Preliminary results of a mixed-method study. The Ninth Annual Transforming School Counseling Summer Academy, American School Counselor Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

Gonzalez, I. A., Shaw, F., & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (April, 2008). Transforming school counselors: A conceptual model for the change process.Maryland Association for Counseling and Development Annual Spring Conference.Columbia, Maryland.

Gonzalez, I. A.(January, 2008). The transformed school counselor and immigrant students.Urban School Counseling Conference.College Park, Maryland.

Lee, C.C., Butler, A., & Gonzalez, I.A.(October, 2007). Race, class, social justice and the curriculum.Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference.Columbus, Ohio.

Gonzalez, I. A. (October, 2007). Using the teaching goals inventory to select techniques for assessing course related knowledge and skills. Poster session presented at the Association for Counselor Education and SupervisionAnnual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Lee, C.C., Butler, A., Diaz, J.M., Gonzalez, I.A., & Humphrey, M. (April, 2006). Helping women from other cultures: Keys to communication and understanding. Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center.Rockville, Maryland.


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

Course Developer and Instructor, 2015, Department of Doctoral Programs, Johns Hopkins University

Instructor, Summer 2009-July 2010, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University

Co-Instructor, Spring 2008 – Spring 2009, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland

Individual Supervisor, Spring 2007, 2009, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland

Group Supervisor, Fall 2007, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland

Teaching Assistant,  Fall 2006, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland 

Guest Lecturer, Spring 2006, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland



Counselor Intern, Identity, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Spring 2006

Professional School Counselor, Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale High School 2004-2005 School Year
South Plantation High School 2000-2004 School Years


Research Team Member. Implementationof a Community Intervention to Improve Asthma Self-Management Practices in Peru Spring 2018

Research Assistant. Friendship Charter High School 9thgrade advisory program instructor. Involved in instruction, data collection and research relating to college going self efficacy of urban, minority students. July 2009-July 2010

Research Assistant. Longitudinal Study: Investigating the Influence of School Counselor Activities and Behaviors on Urban, Low-Income, Minority Students’ College PreparationNational research grant provided by The College Board. Involved in survey distribution, data analysis and reposting of results to school districts. August 2007-2009

Research Assistant. School Counselors Helping Initiate Notable Excellence Program (SHINE)District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.Directly involved with data collection at the school level. Responsible for input of data in SPSS software program. 2005-2007

Researcher. Institute for Child Health Policy, Gainesville, FloridaConducted over 500 interviews with families participating in a state government subsidized child healthcare plan. Qualitative data was analyzed and used in refining services provided by the plan. Primary areas of research were the healthcare needs of Latino families and Latino adolescent sexual practices. February-October 1999


Service to the Profession

Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International

Lambda Chapter of Johns Hopkins University, Chapter Faculty Advisor 2013-2019

Service to the Institution

Latino Alliance Johns Hopkins University, Vice-President, 2018-present

Faculty Search CoChair, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Human Development Area, Spring 2019

CACREP Self Study Committee Member, 2013-Present

Faculty Search Committee Member, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Human Development Area, Spring 2018

School of Education Committee on Diversity and Civility, Chair 2012-2013, Member 2012-Present

Faculty Senate, Secretary 2015-2017

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Standard 4 Diversity Lead

Dunbar High School Health Partnership, Board Member 2013-Present

Admissions Reviewer, Ed.D. Program, 2016-Present


Counselor Educator of the Year, 2014, Maryland School Counselor Association

Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International Alpha Delta Chapter Inducted Spring 2006