Meet Our Core UConn Counselor Education Faculty Members.
Diandra J. Prescod, an Associate Professor in UConn’s Neag School of Education, serves as Program Coordinator of the Counselor Education master’s, sixth-year, and Ph.D. programs. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over a decade of experience and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Career Services Provider. Among many counseling facets, Dr. Prescod’s research interests focus on career development retention interventions for STEM undergraduate students and underrepresented students in higher education. She is very engaged in professional organizations, having served on the boards for the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, and the Pennsylvania Career Development Association. Dr. Prescod was recently elected as the President Elect for the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association. She regularly contributes to the field of Counselor Education, presenting research nationally and internationally, and has over $3 million in external funding. Dr. Prescod teaches EPSY 5320: Critical Issues in School Counseling and EPSY 5310: Facilitating Career Development.
An Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Latoya Haynes-Thoby research is focused on counseling in terms of trauma resilience, thriving after trauma, and counselor development. With a strong understanding of the specific factors playing into counseling those having experienced trauma, Dr. Haynes-Thoby is enthusiastic in the development of current counselors to refine their skill sets within this ever-important subset of counseling. As a leader and mentor, Latoya is a pivotal resource for those seeking their next step in counselor career roles. Dr. Haynes-Thoby’s is a trusted contributor to organizations and professional journals, among them, the National Career Development Association and Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.
James O’Neil, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and a licensed psychologist in private practice in South Windsor, Connecticut. In 1975, he received his doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 17, 35, 43, 51, 52, & 56. He is one of the founding members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), Division 51 of the American Psychological Association. SPSMM named him Researcher of the Year in 1997 for his 20-year research program on men’s gender role conflict. His research programs relate to men and masculinity, gender role conflict, psychology of men and women, and violence and victimization. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is the author of the Gender Role Conflict Scale (GRCS), a widely used measure of men’s conflict with their gender roles. Over 300 studies have used the GRCS with over 200 of the studies being published in psychological journals.
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Dr. Sara Renzulli is an Assistant Professor in Residence within UConn’s Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education. At the intersection of counseling, counselor education, special needs counseling and Twice-Exceptionality, Dr. Renzulli is an expert in the application of counseling techniques in terms of adolescent intervention, self-regulation, and characteristics of gifted learners both in and out of the classroom. Sara teaches graduate courses in counseling and counselor education and her career is deeply rooted in working with K-12 students. Sara’s research interests include the meshing of counseling paired with a broad range of topics ranging from the leadership roles of school counselors through to the social and emotional challenges faced during college transitioning. Sara is also the lead faculty and Program Manager of UConn’s Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Online Graduate Certificate.