The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Gerard Lawson, an associate professor in the Counselor Education Program in the School of Education, for his work solving problems for the problem-solvers.
Lawson studies clinical supervision, counselor development, substance abuse counseling, and counselor wellness and impairment issues. He has examined strategies for counselors to make healthy decisions themselves and to maintain their quality of life.
He has published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, The Clinical Supervisor, and Counselor Education and Supervision and he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants related to research on counselor wellness and the use of qualitative research on triadic supervision, which is a supervision structure in the counseling profession that pairs two supervisees with one supervisor.
He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including counselor wellness, crisis response and resilience, and clinical supervision.
He advises, teaches, and supervises graduate students in the Virginia Tech Counselor Education program. He is a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor.
He is past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association.
Under his leadership, Virginia Tech’s Counselor Education Program received the 2009 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award. In 2011 Lawson was selected as the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Robert Rencken Professional Leadership Award, in 2012 he was awarded the John R. Cook Award by the Virginia Counselors Association, and he was awarded the inaugural Martin Ritchie Award for Advocacy in 2015.
Lawson received his doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the College of William and Mary, his master’s degree in community and college counseling from Longwood College, and his bachelor’s degree in family and child development and family studies from Virginia Tech.