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Swank, Jacqueline

SwankAssociate Professor of Counselor Education
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
1204 Norman Hall
PO Box 117046
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4326
Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

My research interests focus on three primary areas: (a) children and adolescents at-risk and their families, (b) counselor training and development, and (c) international counseling.

My first area of research is focused on addressing mental health issues of at-risk children and adolescents that may create barriers for their growth and development, specifically related to social and emotional development and academic achievement. This area of research involves assessment development and intervention and outcome based research, program evaluation, and play and nature-based interventions.

Within counselor training and development, my research is focused on competencies and gatekeeping, including an emphasis on assessment and program evaluation. Additionally, my research in this area includes the development and integration of creative experiences to enhance the learning environment for counseling students. Creative experiences integrated within my research include play therapy including sandtray, the use of nature, adventure based counseling, expressive arts, and games.

My research interest also encompasses an international context. In the Summer 2016, I conducted workshops on the development of helping skills with Haitian teachers and church leaders in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. The workshop with the Haitian teachers focused on counseling related issues that students may present in the classroom (i.e., bullying).


Ph.D. – University of Central Florida, Education-Counselor Education and Supervision, 2010

M.N.M. – University of Central Florida, Nonprofit Management, 2006

M.S.W. – University of Central Florida, Social Work, 2003

B.S.W. – University of Central Missouri, Functional Social Work, 1999

B.S. – University of Central Missouri, Child and Family Development, 1999

Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Florida, 2017–Present

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2011–2017

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010–2011

Activities and Honors

Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) Outstanding Adultspan Journal Article Award (2017)

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) Professional Level Exemplary Practice Award (2017)

American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award (2017)

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Beta (University of Florida) Chapter Outstanding Service to the Chapter Award (2015–2016)

Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) Professional Service Award (2015)

Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Outstanding Pre-tenure Counselor Educator Award (2013)

American Counseling Association (ACA) Best Practices Award (2013)

Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI) Outstanding Research Award (2012–2013)

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Beta (University of Florida) Chapter Outstanding Research Award (2012–2013)

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Rho Kappa (University of North Texas) Chapter Outstanding Research Award (2012–2013)

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Research in Counselor Education and Supervision Award (2012)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH 10022), Florida Department of Health

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW 8299), Florida Department of Health

Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Association for Play Therapy

Qualified Supervisor in Florida for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns and Registered Clinical Social Worker Interns, Florida Department of Health

Disaster Mental Health Responder, American Red Cross


Smith-Adcock, S. (PI), & Swank, J. M. (Co-PI). Playing for a change in elementary schools. U.S. Play Coalition Action Grant. Funded $1,000. (2016–2017).

Smith-Adcock, S. (PI), Amatea, E., & Swank, J. M. (Co-PI). Standing up or standing by? Responding to bullying and peer victimization. School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education Strategic Investment Fund-College of Education. Funded $10,400. (2016).

*Lenes, E., *Fields, K., & Swank, J. M. (Co-PI). Body whispers of counselor education students: A phenomenological inquiry. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Research Grant. Funded $500. (2015).

Swank, J. M. (PI) & Gagnon, J. (Co-PI). An examination of mental health policies and procedures within juvenile correctional facilities. College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) Award. University of Florida. Funded $39,931.69. (5/16/13–5/15/2014).

Swank, J. M. (PI), Smith-Adcock, S. (Co-PI), & Puig, A. (Co-PI). Play and creativity across the lifespan: A photographic journey. Catalyst Fund Award. University of Florida. Funded $10,000.00.  (8/15/2012–5/14/2013).

Selected Publications

*  Denotes student collaboration

*Oberheim, S. T., Swank, J. M., & DePue, M. K. (accepted). Building culturally sensitive assessments for transgender clients: Best practices for instrument development and the adaptation process. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.

*Anthony, C., & Swank, J. M. (accepted). Black college student-athletes: Examining the intersection of gender, and racial identity and athletic identity. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.

Swank, J. M. (accepted). Peer feedback within a play therapy course: A qualitative exploration. International Journal of Play Therapy.

*Prikhidko, A., & Swank, J. M. (accepted). Emotion regulation for counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development. (impact factor: 1.216)

Lambie, G. W., *Mullen, P. R., Swank, J. M., & *Blount, A. (in press). The Counseling Competencies Scale: Validation and refinement. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. (impact factor: 1.047)

Swank, J. M., & Mullen, P. R. (2017). Establishing evidence with conceptually related constructs: Bivariate correlations. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50, 270-274. doi:10.1080/07481756.2017.1339562 (impact factor: 1.047)

Swank, J. M., & Gagnon, J. C. (2017). A national survey of mental health screening and assessment practices in juvenile correctional facilities. Child and Youth Care Forum, 46, 379-393. doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5 (impact factor: 1.000)

Swank, J. M., Smith-Adcock, S., & Puig, A. (2017). Finding beauty in everyday life: A photo elicitation study of play across the lifespan. Adultspan, 16, 3-17. doi:10.1002/adsp.12030

  • Recipient of the AADA (Association for Adult Development and Aging) 2017 Outstanding Adultspan Journal Article Award

*Rivers, B., & Swank, J. M. (2017). LGBT ally training and counselor competency: A mixed methods study. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 11, 18-35. doi:10.1080/15538605.2017.1273162

Swank, J. M., *Cheung, C., *Prikhidko, A., & *Su, Y. (2017). Nature-Based Child-Centered Group Play Therapy and behavioral concerns: A single-case design. International Journal of Play Therapy, 26, 47-57. doi:10.1037/pla0000031

Swank, J. M., & Gagnon, J. C. (2016). Mental health services in juvenile correctional facilities: A national survey of clinical staff. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2862-2872. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0436-3 (impact factor: 1.802)

Swank, J. M., & Lambie, G. W. (2016). Development of the Research Competencies Scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 49, 91-108. doi: 10.1177/0748175615625749 (17% acceptance rate per editor, 2016; impact factor: 1.047)

Swank, J. M., *Shin, S., *Cabrita, C., *Cheung, C., & *Rivers, B. (2015). Initial investigation of Nature-Based Child-Centered Play Therapy: A single-case design. Journal of Counseling & Development, 93, 440-450. doi:10.1002/jcad.12042 (14% acceptance rate for this special issue; impact factor: 0.545)

Swank, J. M., & *Shin, S. (2015). Garden counseling groups and self-esteem: A mixed methods study with children with emotional and behavioral problems. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 40, 315-331. doi:10.1080/01933922.2015.1056570 (30% acceptance rate per editor, 2013)

  • Recipient of the AHTA (American Horticultural Therapy Association) 2017 Charles Lewis Excellence in Research Award

Swank, J. M., & *Shin, S. (2015). Nature-Based Child-Centered Play Therapy: An innovative counseling approach. International Journal of Play Therapy, 24, 151-161. doi:10.1037/a0039127 (39% acceptance rate per editor, 2014)

*Lenes, E., Swank, J. M., & Nash, S. (2015). A qualitative exploration of a music experience within a counselor education sexuality course. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 10, 216-231. doi:10.1080/15401383.2014.983255 (30% acceptance rate per editor, 2014)

Swank, J. M., & *McCarthy, S. (2015). Effectiveness of the Counselor Feedback Training Model. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 7, 96-115. doi:10.7729/71.1078 (35% acceptance rate per editor, 2015)

Swank, J. M. (2014). Counseling competencies: A comparison of supervisors’ ratings and student supervisees’ self-ratings. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 5, 17-27. doi: 10.1177/2150137814529147

Swank, J. M., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2014). Gatekeeping during admissions: A survey of counselor education programs. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53, 47-61. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2014.00048.x

Swank, J. M., & *Lenes, E. (2013). An exploratory inquiry of sandtray group experiences with adolescent females in an alternative school. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38, 330-348. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2013.835013

Swank, J. M., & Swank, D. E. (2013). Student growth within the school garden:  Addressing personal/social, academic and career development. Journal of School Counseling, 11(21). Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v11n21.pdf

Swank, J. M., & Huber, P. (2013). Employment preparation and life skill development for high school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Professional Counselor 3(2). Retrieved from http://tpcjournal.nbcc.org/employment-preparation-and-life-skill-development-initiatives-for-high-school-students-with-emotional-and-behavioral-disabilities/

Swank, J. M. (2013). Obstacles of grief: The experiences of children processing grief on the ropes course. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8, 235-248. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2013.821922

Swank, J. M., & *McCarthy, S. (2013). The Counselor Feedback Training Model: A developmental approach to teach feedback skills. Adultspan, 12, 100-112. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0029.2013.00019.x

Swank, J. M., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2013). Creative group strategies for interviewing applicants for counselor education programs. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 5, 38-48. doi: 10.7729/51.0039

Swank, J. M., Ohrt, J. H., & Robinson, E. H. (2013). A qualitative exploration of counseling students’ perception of altruism. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 52, 23-38. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2013.00030.x

Selected Links

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