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Research & Scholarship Committee

The Research & Scholarship Committee shall set overall policy, provide guidance, plan development, and encourage excellence of research and scholarship in sexuality as it relates to the counseling profession.

The Research & Scholarship Committee:

  • Shall oversee the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.

  • Develop and promote sexuality competencies for the counseling profession.



  • Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education Editorial Leadership

  • Counselor Competencies


Research & Scholarship Committee Chair

Amber L. Pope, Ph.D., LPC, LMHC, CCTP


Dr. Amber L. Pope is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology and Counselor Education Department at William & Mary. She is a licensed counselor in Virginia and Florida, and an approved supervisor for LPC and LMFT licensure in both states. Dr. Pope has over twenty publications in the areas of LGBTQ+ affirming counseling, same gender intimate relationships, mental health counselor training, and clinical supervision. She currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling and the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness.

2022 - 2023 Committee Members:

Bianca Augustine

Brean'a Parker

Clark Ausloos

Julie Lytle

Committee Updates Reported at ACSSW Annual Meeting 03/30/2023:

As a step towards raising the standards of practice, education, and research in sexuality-related topics within counseling and related professions, the Research & Scholarship committee are developing Exemplary Practices for Counseling Sexology and Sexuality Counseling. We are using Zeglin et al. (2018)’s proposed human sexuality counseling competencies as a framework for the exemplary practice areas, with the addition of the foundational practice of increasing comfort with sexuality and sex-related topics, ongoing awareness of sexual values, and engaging in personal reflection to develop sensitivity to and affirmation of variations in human sexual behavior.

Zeglin, R. J., Van Dam, D., & Hergenrather, K. C. (2018). An introduction to proposed human sexuality                 counseling competencies. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 40, 105-121.

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