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Stephanie Dorais

Clinical Assistant Professor in Counselor Education

Office: 3088
Phone: (757) 221-2052
Email: [[sdorais]]
LinkedIn: {{,@Stephanie Dorais}}
Area of Expertise: Trauma Counseling, Positive Psychology, Contemplative Practices, Intensive Longitudinal Methodology


Stephanie Dorais is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at William & Mary. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York. She is an approved clinical supervisor and supervises counselors in both states. In addition, she is a National Board Certified Counselor and an EMDR trained counselor. She teaches graduate students in both the master's and doctoral counselor education programs.

Her areas of specialization include trauma counseling, positive psychology, contemplative practices, spiritual issues, and intensive longitudinal methodology. A developing area of interest for Stephanie is behavioral economics and its connection to mental health. As a researcher, she works in the intersection of contemplative science and intensive longitudinal methodology to examine outcomes related to counseling and thriving. Her research focuses on how contemplative practices lead people to experience hope, compassion, transcendence, and other areas related to human thriving.

She serves on the editorial boards for the Counselor Education & Supervision journal and the Counseling & Values journal. She is an active member of the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, William & Mary, 2021
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regent University, 2016
B.S. in Statistics and Operations Research, New York University, 2012

Activities and Honors

Conference Committee Co-Chair (2022-2023) Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

Research (ACES Inform) Committee Co-Chair (2022-2023) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Editorial Board Member (2019 - Present), Counselor Education & Supervision Journal

Editorial Board Member (2019 – Present), Counseling and Values Journal

Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association (2022) for The Dynamics Of Resilience In A Centering Meditation: A Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial (2021)

Selected Publications

Dorais, S., Niles, J. K., Dukes, A. T., Colon, M. L., & Gutierrez, D. (2022). Does contemplative pedagogy increase relational well-being? A time series analysis. Counselor Education & Supervision.

Dorais, S., & Gutierrez, D. (2021). The effectiveness of a centering meditation on college stress and mindfulness: A randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:720824

Gutierrez, D., Goshorn, J., & Dorais, S. (2021). Thriving in recovery: An exploration of thriving over a course of time in recovery. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Advanced online publication.

Dorais, S., & Gutierrez, D. (2021). The influence of spiritual transcendence on a centering meditation: A growth curve analysis of resilience. Religions, 12(8), 573 – 588.

Wood, A.W., Dorais, S., Gutierrez, D., Moore, M., & Schmit, M. (2021). Advancing the counseling profession through contemporary quantitative approaches. Journal of Counseling & Development, 99(2), 156-166.

Dorais, S., Gutierrez, D., & Gressard, C. F. (2020). An evaluation of Motivational Interviewing based treatment in a university addiction counseling training clinic. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 11(1), 1 – 12.

Gutierrez, D., Dorais, S., & Goshorn, J. (2020). Recovery as life transformation: Examining the relationships between recovery, hope, and relapse. Substance Use & Misuse, 55(12), 1949 – 1957.

Gutierrez, D., Mason, W. N., Dorais, S., & Fox, J. (2020). Gradually sudden: Vital spiritual experiences and recovery. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 8(1), 16–29. 

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