Many faculty members in the UNC Charlotte Department of Counseling have experience in the field of school counseling. Several of these faculty members are profiled below.

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Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx is an Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte.  Dr. Foxx:

  • Is a former elementary and high school counselor.
  • Serves on the Editorial Board of Professional School Counseling, the journal of the American School Counselor Association.
  • Is the author of School Counseling in the 21st Century, 6th Edition.
  • Has developed partnerships between UNCC, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Cabarrus County Schools.
  • Serves on the board of CACREP.
  • Is a member of the North Carolina State Leadership Team, supporting the White House College Opportunity Agenda.
  • Was named the 2015 North Carolina Counselor Educator of the Year.
  • Has conducted more than 120 presentations and workshops at international, national, state, and local levels.

Dr. Edward Wierzalis is a Clinical Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Wierzalis:

  • Worked as a high school Counselor for 10 years in New Jersey.
  • Helped develop the High School Career Education program during his time as a school counselor.
  • Established a district-wide Career Center while working as a school counselor. This center provided all students with a central location for college and career information, scholarship/financial aid info, military information, as well as local and state job opportunities.
  • Assumed the role of the Coordinator of the School Counseling program soon after his arrival at UNC Charlotte and guided the program through course revision and development and through fostering strong relations with all surrounding school districts.
  • Moved UNC Charlotte’s school counseling program forward by incorporating the concepts and skills of the ASCA National Model and the transformed role of the 21st Century school counseling professional. 
  • Is an active member of the American School Counselor Association, currently serving on the Position Statements Committee. 
  • Was elected President of the North Carolina School Counselor Association in 2008, after serving in various governing board positions for association.
  • Has done extensive work as a clinician and continues to pursue his interests in supervision, multiculturalism, counseling and philosophy, and spirituality in counseling.

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Dr. Clare Merlin is an Assistant Professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Merlin:

  • Is a former high school counselor.
  • Serves as the School Counseling Interest Network Co-Chair for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Has presented school counseling research at national conferences for the American School Counselor Association, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work.
  • Received a CACREP grant for research on school counseling programs and accreditation requirements.
  • Has published books chapters in School Counseling Classroom Guidance: Prevention, Accountability, and Outcomes, Expressive Arts Interventions for School Counselors, and Critical Incidents in School Counseling, 3rd Edition.

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Dr. Susan Furr is a Professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Furr:

  • Worked as a middle school counselor in Travelers Rest, South Carolina for three years.
  • Also has experience working in community mental health with adolescents.
  • Has research interests in grief and loss issues and suicide and crisis intervention.

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Dr. Phyllis Post is a Professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Post:

  • Worked as a junior high school counselor for two years in Rowan County, NC. 
  • Has also worked with young children using play therapy in pre-schools and elementary schools in Charlotte for many years. 
  • Has research interests in play therapy interventions, cultural considerations when working with parents, and issues related to social justice advocacy in school counseling.