Dissertation Study Opportunity

*Please note, the opportunity below is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by USD’s Counseling & MFT Department.

Dear Counselor Educators, Counselors, and Counselors-in-Training,

My name is Jennifer Santopietro, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado in Counselor Education and Supervision, under the supervision of Dr. Betty Cardona.

The purpose of this quantitative dissertation study is to investigate counselor dispositions which contribute to the intrapersonal development of counselors-in-training and practicing counselors.

You are invited to participate in the study if you are over the age of 18 and meet the following criteria:

  • You are a counselor educator (with an earned or in-process PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision)
  • You are a counselor in training (working towards a degree to become a LPC or LMHC)
  • You are a practicing counselor (with LPC, LMHC (or pre-licensure) or Professional School Counselor credentials)

If you choose to volunteer in this study, you will be asked to complete a survey instrument on counselor dispositions. Overall, participation in this study should take approximately 15 – 25 minutes of your time. There is no compensation for your participation, but participants can choose to be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift cards.

Participation in this research study is voluntary and will not require any personally identifiable information (IRB Protocol Number 2010013812). All data collected in this study will remain confidential in a password protected electronic database (Qualtrics). Should you wish, you may withdraw your consent and terminate participation at any time.

To expand the reach for participants, if you know any counselor educators, practicing counselors, or counselors in training who meet the above criteria and might be interested in participating, please forward this email to them.

Please direct any questions or concerns about this study to me, Jennifer Santopietro, by email at jennifer.santopietro@unco.edu or my advisor, Dr. Betty Cardona can be contacted at vilma.cardona@unco.edu. The University of Northern Colorado’s address is: 501 20th St. Greeley, CO 80639.

If you have any questions or complaints about your rights as a research volunteer, contact University of Northern Colorado’s Research Compliance Manager at 970-351-1910.

Click on the following link to participate in this study:


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