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Woehler, Elliott

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

College of Education
University of Florida
2-105 Norman Hall
PO Box 118212
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-373-4300

Research Biography

My research interests fall into two main topic areas: The therapeutic relationship and clinical work in addictions counseling. My dissertation research combined my topics of interest to look at how the therapeutic relationship impacts therapeutic outcomes in addictions counseling, particularly with regard to the client’s perception of depth in the therapeutic relationship.

My evolving research interests are increasingly integrating humanistic principles to investigate how current and aspiring practitioners can strengthen the empirical support for the relational aspects of counseling. More recently, I have become interested in exploring training and personal development in counseling students in order to enhance counseling students’ relational aptitudes.

I have had the privilege to be able to engage in qualitative and quantitative research, and I enjoy working with students on research teams to enhance their knowledge and experience with research methodology. I have previously worked on research teams looking at the development of spirituality as well as mental health symptoms in college substance users.


Ph.D. in Counseling, 2019
University of North Texas

M.A. in Counselor Education, 2012
University of Central Florida

B.A. in Psychology, 2009
Emory University

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, College of Education, University of Florida, 2019–Present

Practicum and Internship Coordinator, Counselor Education, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, College of Education, University of Florida, 2019–Present

Activities and Honors


Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Spring 2018

Service Positions

Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor, 2020–Present

Legislative and Advocacy Committee, International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), 2018–Present

Community Liaison, Counselors for Social Justice, 2016–2017


Woehler, E., Smith, S., Coffman, E. (Co-PIs), & Swank, J. (PI). A2SPIRE: Addictions Attitudes, Screening, Prevention, Intervention, Referral, and Empathy. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Grants to Address the Substance Abuse Treatment Gap. Funded $199,795. (4/30/2020–4/29/2022).

Woehler, E. Texas Counseling Association Educational Endowment Fund. Funded $500. (2019).

Selected Publications

Prosek, E., Giordano, A., Woehler, E., Loseu, S., Stammon, J., Lollar, S., Grossman, H., & Stroh, L. (in press). The experience of religion and spirituality among college students who use illicit substances.

Ray, D., Lankford, C., Malacara, A., Woehler, E., & McCullough, R. (in press). Counselor experiences of training in relational depth: A phenomenological inquiry. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Ray, D., Lankford, C., McCullough, R., & Woehler, E. (2019). Meeting at relational depth: The transformative responsibility of counselor education. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory & Research, 46(1-2), 77-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/15566382.2019.1673094

Prosek, E., Giordano, A., Woehler, E., Price, E., & McCullough, R. (2018). Differences in emotion dysregulation and symptoms of depression and anxiety among illicit substance users and nonusers. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(11), 1915-1918. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1436563

Woehler, E. S., Giordano, A. L., & Hagedorn, W. B. (2018). Moments of relational depth in sex addiction treatment. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 25(2-3), 153-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/10720162.2018.1476943