Chris Wood

Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Expertise: Counselor Education, Mental health, Children and adolescents, Career development in K-16 settings, Underrepresented groups , Counseling supervision


Chris Wood is an associate professor in the Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services Department. In addition to being a counselor educator, Wood has experience as a high school counselor, a counseling department chair, a counselor/group leader at a residential youth facility for adjudicated youth/troubled teens, and a career counselor/career assessment coordinator at an alternative school serving grades 7-12.

Wood has been a principal investigator, faculty research associate, and research methodologist on more than $3 million in grants. His grant experience includes more than a dozen research projects investigating the efficacy of career development interventions in K-12 settings. He was a career assessment coordinator and research assistant on a $1.3 million Community Employment Education Center grant from the Office of Adult and Vocational Education and a faculty research associate on a grant from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.

Wood has more than 30 conference presentations and 30 publications including articles in Professional School Counseling, the Journal of Counseling & Development, the Journal of College Counseling, Counselor Education & Supervision, Career Planning, and Adult Development Journal, and The Elementary School Journal. He is currently the editor for the Professional School Counseling journal, the flagship research journal for the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). He co-edited the fifth and sixth editions of A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments. He is currently co-editing the third edition of Critical Incidents in School Counseling with Tarrell Portman and Larry Tyson.


  • Ph.D. in Counseling
  • M.S. in Applied Psychology
  • B.A. in Sociology and Psychology

Articles Featuring Chris Wood

student-to-counselor ratio: 508-to-1
Research | April 5, 2017
Education policy experts stress the importance of access to mental health care in schools as counseling professions categorized as “bright outlook” occupations for workforce development.