This fall, the School of Education welcomes new faculty members. Today, we introduce Stephanie Dorais, who is joining our Counseling faculty.
Tell us a little about your background and what brought you to W&M.
I come from a background in private practice and college counseling. I’ve been passionate about bringing inner healing to individuals who struggled with trauma, depression, anxiety, and spiritual issues. I had been practicing in Virginia for about seven years, but for the last year, I was teaching and practicing in New York and New Jersey. Moving back to Virginia is a coming home for me, specifically to William & Mary where I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Ed. I’m so thrilled to give back to the institution that poured so much life into me.
What’s your area of research, and what question are you most passionate about answering right now?
My area of research focuses on contemplative practices, and I am particularly interested in examining the outcomes and mechanisms of change that unfold over time. Thus, most of my latest research has been in intensive or micro-longitudinal study. I believe change looks different for every person, and the research counselors provide should be tailored to detect unique changes within people over time—just like our counseling skills teach us to do.
What else are you hoping to get involved with on-campus or in the community?
I’m looking forward to learning more and getting involved in the mental health initiatives on campus, particularly in areas surrounding the Asian American student population.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m really excited to see the next generation of counselors learn and grow in our community, and I feel honored to be a part of it.