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Amber Pope

Assistant Professor in Counselor Education

Office: 3057
Phone: (757) 221-2057
Email: [[alpope]]
LinkedIn: {{,@amberlpope}}
Areas of Expertise: LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counseling, Human Sexuality, Couples Counseling, Culturally Responsive Counselor Education & Supervision, Use of Virtual Reality in Counselor Preparation


Dr. Pope is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at William & Mary and coordinates the Couples, Marriage, and Family concentration. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and an approved supervisor for counselors seeking LPC and LMFT licensure in both states.

Dr. Pope specializes in the areas of couples counseling, sexuality concerns, gender and sexuality development, LGBTQ-affirmative counseling, and culturally responsive counselor preparation. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and utilizes third wave cognitive behavioral and interpersonal process techniques in therapy. An area of developing interest for Dr. Pope is the use of technology and virtual reality in counselor training.

Dr. Pope has 20+ publications in the areas of LGBTQ-affirming counseling, same gender intimate relationships, mental health counselor training, and clinical supervision. She is an active member of professional organizations, including the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE); Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness (ACSSW); and Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES).


Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010

M.S. in Community Counseling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007

B.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

Activities and Honors

Teaching with Technology Award, Old Dominion University (2022)

Appointed Chair, Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness Research & Scholarship Committee (2022 - present)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness (2022 - present)

Teaching Innovation & Excellence Award, Old Dominion University Darden College of Education & Professional Studies (2021)

Integrating Entrepreneurship into University Teaching & Pedagogy, Program Acceleration for Collegiate Entrepreneurship, Old Dominion University (2019)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling (2012 - present)

Selected Publications

Pope, A. L., Sunal, Z., Gantt, A., Zimmerman, B., Wolf, A., Nuosce, M., & Arajuo, L. (2022). A qualitative examination of bi/multilingual counselor training & experiences. Journal of Counseling & Development, 100, 27-38.

Moe, J., Pope, A. L., Kemer, G., & Dominguez, V. (2021). Factors predicting instruction of LGBTQ counseling competence. Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling, 15, 389-405.

Ummak, E., Demirtas, E., Pope, A. L., & Moe, J. (2021). The influence of internalized heterosexism on life satisfaction: Comparing sexual minority women in Belgium and Turkey. Current Psychology. Advance online publication.

Pope, A.L., & Willis, B. (2019). Healthy sexual practices: Counseling approaches for differentiating typical and atypical sexual behavior in adults. ACA Practice Briefs. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. 

Dermitas, E., Kemer, G., Pope, A. L., & Moe, J. (2018). Self-compassion matters: The relationship between perceived social support, self-compassion, and subjective well-being among LGB individuals in Turkey. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65, 372-382.

Murray, C. E., Pope, A. L., & Willis, B. (2017). Sexuality counseling: Research, theory, and practice. Sage.

Kemer, G., Demirtas, E., Pope, A. L., & Ummak, E. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale – Turkish (LGBIS-TR). Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1632-1649.

Pope, A. L. (2013). Intimate Relationship Commitment: An Integrated Conceptual Model. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 270-289.

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