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Pamela N. Harris

Clinical Associate Professor in Counselor Education

Phone: (757) 634-3876
Email: [[pnharris]]
Area of Expertise: School Counseling, School-Family Partnerships, College & Career Readiness of K-12 Black Females, Culturally Responsive Counselor Preparation


Dr. Pamela N. Harris is National Board Certified Counselor, a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She spent seven years working as a professional middle school counselor in a small county in Virginia, and also has several years of experience providing family counseling services and working with at-risk high school students in a student assistance program.

Dr. Harris is involved in several professional organizations, such as the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She has conducted research that involves school-family partnerships with families of color, college and career readiness for African American females, and culturally responsive counselor preparation. She has presented her findings at both national and international conferences, and reviews other scholarly work as an editorial board member for Teaching and Supervision in Counseling journal.

In addition to her love of counseling, Dr. Harris has both a bachelor’s and MFA in creative writing and writes young adult fiction.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, William & Mary, 2016
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2012
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, Old Dominion University, 2006
B.A. in English, Old Dominion University, 2003

Selected Publications

Harris, P. N., Gonzalez, L. M., Kearney, B., & Ingram, K. (2019). Finding their SPARCK: College and career readiness groups for African American females [Special issue]. Journal for Specialists in Group Work. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2019.1702128

Harris, P. N., Shillingford, M. A., & Bryan, J. A. (2019). Factors influencing school counselor involvement in partnerships with families of color: A social cognitive exploration. Professional School Counseling, 22(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1177/2156759X18814712

Harris, P. N., Hockaday, M. S., & McCall, M. H. (2018). Black girls matter: Counseling Black females through a servant leadership framework [Special issue]. Professional School Counseling, 21(1b), 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2156759X18773595