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Haynes-Thoby, Latoya

Latoya Haynes-ThobyAssistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-111 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone number: 352-273-4312

Research Biography

Dr. Latoya Haynes-Thoby draws from her belief that human beings thrive in community; and that individuals, families, and communities thrive in relationship. Her work explores the benefits of trauma prevention and trauma-responsive counseling that is culturally relevant and promotes resilience. As such, her research focuses on individual and community healing from trauma.

Dr. Haynes-Thoby’s current research foci are in two areas – trauma and resilience, and counselor development. Her research on trauma and resilience focuses on factors that contribute to resilience, access to care, and trauma’s impact on human development, including spiritual development. Her research on counselor development consists of trauma-informed care in counselor training, cultural competence, and trauma-informed supervision.

Her research agenda is brought forth through applied research methods, including the exploration of culturally specific factors that contribute to resilience, and the operationalization of trauma-informed counseling that promotes success. She approaches her work with a trauma-informed lens, and through perspectives that are rooted in Black-feminist and intersectional frameworks. Her research aims are to broaden what we understand about human resilience, especially related to marginalized communities. Other related research interests include community resilience, career development, access, and accessibility, especially in counselor training, supervision, and preparation.

Dr. Haynes-Thoby is interested in supporting new counselors to understand the impact of trauma, and to consider both trauma prevention, resilience, and life after trauma. Her research aims to honor the clients who trust us with their stories, and the community-rooted protective factors that support their well-being.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, 2019
Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed. in Counselor Education, 2015
Pennsylvania State University

B.A. in English, 2003
Pennsylvania State University

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2019 – present

Activities and Honors

Career Educator Academy, National Career Development Association, 2019

Doctoral Fellow, National Board for Certified Counselors, 2018

Emerging Leader, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2018

Bunton Waller Fellow, 2015 – 2019

Master’s Fellow, National Board for Certified Counselors, 2015

Selected Publications

Chapters in Books

Zalaquett, C., & Haynes-Thoby, L. (in press). Contexts of cultural and systemic influence. In L. Lopez Levers & D. Hyatt-Burkhart, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (the “Work”). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Journal Articles

Prescod, D.J., & Haynes-Thoby, L. (in press). Including Gottfredson’s career theory in STEM initiatives geared towards students of color. Journal of Negro Education

Prescod, D.J., Zeligman, M., Haynes-Thoby, L. (in press). The relationship between trauma symptoms, developmental work personality, and vocational identity. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision