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Smith-Adcock, Sondra

Associate Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
College of Education
University of Florida
1209 Norman Hall
PO Box 117046
Gainesville, FL 32611

Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

I am an associate professor in Counselor Education. As a member of both School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling core faculty, I teach coursework in Counseling Theory, Play Therapy, and Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders. My primary research interests include play therapy and expressive arts in counseling, reputation enhancement, prevention of delinquency and bullying (including relational aggression), interventions for children/families in high poverty schools, school-family-community collaboration, and mental health counseling in schools.


Ph.D. – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Counseling and Counselor Education

M.Ed. – Clemson University, School Guidance and Counseling

B.S. – Clemson University, Elementary and Special Education

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Counselor Education

Associate Professor, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education


Co-Principal Investigator, Consejeros: Levantando El Pueblo (C-LEP).United States Department of Education. Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (OBEMLA). Funded at $700,000, October, 2001.

Selected Publications

Amatea, E., Smith-Adcock, S., & Villares, E. (2006). From Family Deficit to Family Strength: Viewing Families’ Contributions to Children’s Learning from a Family Resilience Perspective. Professional School Counseling, 9, 177-189.

Cholewa, B., Smith-Adcock, S., & Amatea, E. (2010). Decreasing elementary school children’s disruptive behaviors: A review of four evidence-based programs for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 8(4). Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v8n4.pdf .

Kerpelman, J. L., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2005). Female Adolescents’ Delinquent Activity: The Intersection of Bonds to Parents and Reputation Enhancement. Youth and Society, 37, 176-200.

Kerpelman, J. L. & Smith, S. L. (1999). Adjudicated adolescent girls and their mothers: Examining identity perceptions and processes. Youth and Society, 30, 313-347.

Lee, S. M. & Smith-Adcock, S. A model of girls’ school delinquency: School bonding and reputation (2005). Professional School Counseling, 9, 78-87.

Smith, S. L. (2003). Counseling and Social Skills Development (for teachers in alternative school settings). Alternative Education, online resource, http://alternativeed.sjsu.edu.

Smith-Adcock, S. (2007). The developmental school counselor and mental health counseling. In Wittmer & Clark. Managing your school counseling program (75-81). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

Scholl, M. B., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2007). Using psychodrama techniques to promote counselor identity development in group supervision, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 2, 13-34.

Smith-Adcock, S., Webster, S., & Walker, J. & Leonard. L. (2008). Benefits of a Holistic Wellness Group Counseling Model for Girls At-Risk: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 47, 111-126.

Smith-Adcock, S., Daniels, M. H., Lee. S. M., Villalba, J. A., & Indelicato, N. A. (2006). Culturally Responsive School Counseling For Hispanic/Latino Students and Families: The Need for Bilingual School Counselors. Professional School Counseling, 10, 92-101

Smith-Adcock, S., & Kerpelman, J. L. Girls’ self-perception of reputation and delinquent involvement. (2005). International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 12, 301-323.

Smith-Adcock, S., Scholl, M., Wittman, E., Rapsiarda, C., Graham, M., & Tucker, M. (2009). Using expressive arts in clinical supervision. In J.R. Culbreth & L. L. Brown (eds.), State of the art in clinical supervision (50 pages).

Tucker, M. C., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2008). Developing a community resource network for families in crisis. In Amatea, E. S. Developing culturally responsive family school partnerships: From theory to practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill.