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Swank, Jacqueline

Associate Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
College of EducationSwank
University of Florida
1202 Norman Hall
PO Box 117046
Gainesville FL 32611

Research Biography

My scholarly interests focus on prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk children and adolescents and their families, specifically focused on assessment and outcome based research, addressing the school to prison pipeline, and the use of creative interventions, such as adventure based counseling, nature, and play therapy. Additionally, my work focuses on counselor training and development specifically related to counseling competencies and gatekeeping, including an emphasis on assessment and program evaluation, and the use of creativity in training and supervising counselors and counselors-in-training.


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

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 (2013-2013)

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

Grief Camp Counselor, Lawrence Whelan Children’s Grief Center, Daytona Beach, FL


Principal Investigator, An examination of mental health policies and procedures within juvenile correctional facilities. College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) Award. University of Florida. Funded $40,000.00. (with Gagnon, J., Co-PI, 2013-2014)

Principal Investigator, Play and creativity across the lifespan: A photographic journey. Catalyst Fund Award. University of Florida. Funded $10,000.00. (with Smith-Adcock, S, Co-PI; & Puig, A., Co-PI, 2012-2013)

Principal Investigator, The utilization of challenge course activities to process grief: A phenomenological study. Research Grant Award. Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC). Funded $250.00. (2011-2012)

Selected Publications


*Lenes, E., Swank, J. M., & Nash, S. (in press). A qualitative exploration of a music experience within a counselor education sexuality course. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Swank, J. M. (2014). Counseling competencies: A comparison of supervisors’ ratingsand 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 groupexperiences 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 ProcessingGrief 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

Swank, J. M. & Lambie, G. W. (2012). The assessment of CACREP core curricular areas and student learning outcomes using the Counseling Competencies Scale. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 3(2), 116-127. doi:10.1177/2150137812452560

Swank, J. M. (2012). Using games to creatively enhance the counselor education curriculum. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 7, 397-409. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2012.740365

Swank, J. M. & Tyson, L. (2012). School counseling site supervisor training: A web-based approach. Professional School Counseling, 16(1), 40-48.

Swank, J. M., Lambie, G. W., & Witta, E. L. (2012). An exploratory investigation of the Counseling Competencies Scale: A measure of counseling skills, dispositions, and behaviors. Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 189-206. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6978.2012.00014.x

Ware, J. N., Ohrt, J. H., & Swank, J. M. (2012). A phenomenological exploration of children’s experiences in a social skills group. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 37(2), 133-151. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2012.663862

Swank, J. M., Robinson, E. H., & Ohrt, J. H. (2012). Manifestation of altruism: Perceptions among counselling students in the United Kingdom. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12(1), 63-70.

Selected Links

Research Gate Profile:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jacqueline_Swank

Dr. Swank’s Web Site