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Bayne, Hannah

Hannah Bayne HeadshotAssistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-106 Norman Hall
PO Box 117042
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone number: 352-273-4311

Research Biography

My research interests are united by a personal and professional interest in understanding the experience of another person, including how counselors can effectively and competently work with clients across cultural divides (particularly those of race/ethnicity and sexual identity). My main line of research thus pertains to empathy conceptualization, assessment, training, and utility in therapy. My work so far has laid a foundation through qualitative methods (Bayne, Neukrug, Hays, & Britton, 2013), exploratory factor analysis (Bayne & Hays, 2017), the formulation of a new scale of empathic accuracy (Bayne, under review), and case studies from my own teaching and professional counseling practice (Bayne & Jangha, 2016). I plan to continue this research agenda through applied research methods; specifically, I am interested in exploring modalities of empathy training, as well as the impact of empathy on therapeutic outcomes. My research aims to address limitations of previous empathy research, with a specific focus on empathy as a skill for cultural competency and effectiveness across varied counselor and client identities.

Other related research interests include exploration of various components of racial and cultural diversity as well as integration of religion and spiritualty in counseling (Bayne, Horton-Parker, & Ward, 2014; Shaw, Bayne & Lorelle, 2012), with a specific focus on assisting LGBTQ individuals to integrate religious and spiritual identities while processing religiously connected traumas and discrimination (Bayne, 2016). I am also interested in exploring how counselors with personal religious value conflicts can work competently and affirmatively with LGBTQ clients (Bayne, Conley, & Neuer Colburn, In press). In addition, I am interested in the topic of racial and cultural broaching in counseling, as it relates to White counselor racial development and acknowledgement of race and privilege, as well as counselor of color experiences working with White clients (Bayne & Branco, In press). In both of these areas my focus is on how counselors can work across lines of historical and current systemic oppression and privilege to competently work with clients who are different.

Finally, I am engaged in work related to political identities and the impact of political differences on interpersonal relationships. This research focuses on ideological differences and values conflicts at a time of increasing interpersonal divide along political identities. From a practical standpoint, we are interested in how counselors can work with clients who are experiencing politically-linked personal or interpersonal conflicts, with implications for counseling interventions as well as managing the counselor’s own potential values conflicts.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, 2011
Old Dominion University

M.Ed. in Community Counseling, 2009
The College of William & Mary

B.A. & B.A. in International Studies & Communications, 2006
Virginia Tech

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2018 – Present

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Maryland, 2015 – 2018

Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, 2012 – 2015

Activities and Honors

Editorial Board Member, Counseling & Values, 2015 – Present

Editorial Board Member, Counselor Education & Supervision, 2014 – Present

Ethics Appeals Committee, American Counseling Association, 2018-Present

Ethics Committee Member, American Counseling Association (ACA), 2017-2018

Elected Board Member, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), 2017-Present

Graduate Student Member at Large, American College Counseling Association (ACCA), 2011-2014

Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia Department of Health Professions

Professional Service Award, Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), 2012

Emerging Leader, American College Counseling Association (ACCA), 2010

Ethics Case Study Competition first place Masters-level, American Counseling Association (ACA), 2008


Bayne (2017). Development and Initial Validation of the Empathic Counselor Response Scale. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Research Grant. ($1,500). 

Bayne, H. (2016). The Empathic Counselor Response Scale: Initial Formulation. Summer Research Grant. Loyola University Maryland. ($3,000).

Bayne, H. & Parks-Savage, A. (2009, November). Empathy training for a family medicine clerkship: a pilot training program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Granted by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. ($3,500).

Bayne, H. (2010). ACCA Emerging Leader Grant. (ACA conference registration fee).

Michel, R., Bayne, H., & Neuer Colburn, A. (2009). VACES Research Grant. ($300).

Bayne, H. (2010). ACCA Conference Grant. (ACCA conference registration fee).

Selected Publications

Bayne, H. & Tylsova, M*. (In Press). Understanding and incorporating God images within counseling.  Counseling & Values.

Bayne, H., Holland-Conely, A., & Neuer Colburn, A. (In Press). Counselor empathy, religiosity, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual perspectives. Counseling & Values.

Bayne, H. & Thompson, S. (2018). Helping clients who have experienced trauma gain emotional literacy. Journal for Creativity in Mental Health, 13(2), 231-242.

Bayne, H. & Alvarado, S*. (2018). A phenomenological inquiry into counselor of color broaching experiences. Journal of Counseling & Development, 96, 75-85. doi:10.1002/jcad.12179

Philip, S*., Neuer Colburn, A., Underwood, L., & Bayne, H. (In Press). The impact of religion/spirituality on acculturative stress among international students. Journal of College Counseling, xxx-xxx.

Bayne, H.  & Hays, D. (2017). Examining conditions for empathy in counseling: An exploratory model. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 56, 32-52. doi:10.1002/johc.12043

Bayne, H., & Jangha, A*. (2016). Utilizing improve to teach empathy skills in counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision, 250-262. *Second-place for the ACES 2017 Article of the Year award

Bayne, H. (2016). Helping gay and lesbian students integrate sexual and religious identities. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 61-75.

Bayne, H., Horton-Parker, R., & Ward, C. (2014). Doctoral student competency in spiritual and religious issues: A survey of CACREP-accredited programs. VISTAS, article 50. Retrieved online at https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/vistas/article_50.pdf.

Bayne, H., Neukrug, E., Hays, D., & Britton, B. (2013). A comprehensive model for optimizing empathy in person-centered care. Patient Education and Counseling, 93, 209-215.

Neukrug, E., Bayne, H., Dean, L., & Pusateri, C. (2013). Creative and novel approaches to empathy: A neo-Rogerian perspective. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35, 29-42.

Shaw, B., Bayne, H., & Lorelle, S. (2012). A constructivist perspective on integrating spirituality in counselor training. Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 270-280.

Neuer, A., Michel, B., Neale-McFall, C., & Bayne, H. (2012). Counseling supervision: Exploring the impact of temperament on supervisee satisfaction. Vistas, 1, article 29. http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas_2012_TOC-section_01.htm

Bayne, H. B. (2011). Training medical students in empathic communication. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36, 316-329.

Bayne, H. & Neuer-Colburn, A. (In print). How does God see me?: A reflective exercise. In J. Whitman & C. Boyd (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for sexual and gender identity diverse clients: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in counseling, training, and psychotherapy. Harrington Park Press, LLC.

Bayne, H. & Neukrug, E. (2016). Metaphors for empathy: Getting into character. In S. E. Stewart-Spencer & C.J. Dean (Eds.), Metaphors and therapy: Enhancing clinical supervision and education (Vol.1, pp. 80-87). Baton Rogue, LA: Independent Therapy Ink, LLC.

* Denotes student collaboration

Selected Links

Research Spotlight: Hannah Bayne