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Schuermann, Hope

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
1206 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4327
Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

The bulk of my research endeavors fall under two umbrellas: (a) trauma, and (b) counselor preparation. It is important to me that my research activities produce knowledge that is applicable in the classroom and the counseling session; therefore, I keep this in mind when choosing research projects.

In the past, my trauma research has been largely focused around Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which yielded three published articles. I have also written conceptual manuscripts on several aspects of trauma: Childhood Traumatic Grief, identifying trauma in schools, treating adolescent survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, and Shared Trauma — a topic that evolved from personal experience as a mental health provider during Hurricane Katrina. One realm of trauma that I am beginning to explore is Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). This is a fascinating phenomenon that occurs when trauma victims mentally and psychically grow from their experience, versus severely suffering from the trauma. I recently finished a research project exploring PTG in military personnel after returning from combat. PTG is a subset of trauma that I plan to continue developing in my research agenda. I continually work to further my trauma treatment knowledge and seek development through opportunities such as visiting the Sandy Hook/Newtown, CO community to be part of an in-service trauma team in 2015, and in 2016 conducting research-related interviews in Ferguson, MO with protesters, police, pastors, and other community members following the Michael Brown shooting and protests. Trauma is something all counselors will encounter in their work; thus, it is an area that deserves our continuing attention and research.

The other main topic of my research agenda is counselor preparation, including topics such as supervision, gatekeeping, and utilizing client outcomes. I completed two gatekeeping studies — one focused on professors’ perceptions of gatekeeping, and one on doctoral students’ perceptions of gatekeeping. Another area of counselor preparation in which I am heavily involved is the use of client outcomes measures. I began this line of research with my dissertation, which married the topics of client outcomes, supervision, and the therapeutic relationship. My work in client outcomes continued at my last university appointment, where I conducted an evaluation of the in-house clinic using outcomes measures. Assessing outcomes and what factors influence outcomes can impact the counselor and client; thus, it is an important facet to continue studying.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, 2013
University of Central Florida

M.S. in Community Counseling, 2006
Loyola University New Orleans

B.S. in Psychology, 2003
Mississippi State University

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2017 – Present

Contract Mental Health Counselor, Alamo Heights Counseling, 2015 – 2017

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2013 – 2017

Activities and Honors


SACES Dissertation Research Grant Award, 2012

Service Positions

Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas # 73186, 2014 – Present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 2013 – Present

Editorial Board Member, Counseling and Values, 2012 – Present

President, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2016 – 2017

Consultant/Trainer, Consultation Team for Sandy Hook Clinicians and Educators, 2015

Treasurer, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2013 – 2015


Growth Through Pain: Post-Traumatic Growth in Military Personnel, UTSA COEHD Faculty Research Award, Funded 2015 – 2016

Selected Publications

Corley, S., Lloyd-Hazlett, J., Schuermann, H., & Blessing, N. (2020). A phenomenological investigation of doctoral students’ gatekeeping experiences. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 2(1), 95-105. doi: https://doi.org/10.7290/tsc020109

Hartman, T., Schuermann, H., & Kenney, J. (2018). Ranking soldiers’ trust in mental health professionals. The Professional Counselor, 8(3), 213-225.

Schuermann, H., Bursek, C., Wong, C., & Somody, C. (2018). Client outcomes in a university clinic: Norming the ORS and SRS for a largely Hispanic population. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 9(2), 67-79.

Schuermann, H., Avent, J. A., & Lloyd-Hazlett, J. (2018). The impact of academic role on perceptions of gatekeeping in counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision, 57, 51-65.

Limberg, D., Schuermann, H., Fox, J., & Robinson III, E. (2018). Practicing counselors’ in Scotland, perceptions of altruism: A phenomenological investigation. Counseling and Psychotherapy Research, 18, 49-58.

Haiyasoso, M., & Schuermann, H. (2017). Application of Relational-Cultural Theory with adolescent sexual abuse survivors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. doi: 10.1080/23727810.2017.1381933

Bell, H. (2017). Creative approaches in teaching empathy in counselor education. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Bell, H., Hagedorn, W. B., & Robinson, E. H. M. (2016). An exploration of supervisory and therapeutic relationships and client outcomes. Counselor Education and Supervision, 55, 182-197.

Gonzalez, C., & Bell, H. (2016). Child centered play therapy for Hispanic children with Traumatic Grief: Cultural implications for treatment outcomes. International Journal of Play Therapy, 25(3), 146-153.

Jacobson, L., Fox, J., Bell, H., Zeligman, M., & Graham, J. (2015). Survivors with Dissociative Identity Disorder: Perspectives on the counseling process. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 37(4), 308-322.

Bell, H., Jacobson, L., Zeligman, M., Fox, J., & Hundley, G. (2015). Religious coping and resiliency in individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Counseling and Values, 60, 151-163.

Selected Links

Dr. Schuermann’s Curriculum Vitae