The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders

office: 226 Curry Building

Title: Burlington Industries Excellence Professor


  • PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Florida
  • MAEd, Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • BA, English (education), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Faculty member at UNCG since: 1987

Scholarly Achievements and Awards (selected):

  • UNCG Faculty Marshal
  • Distinguished Senior Research Scholar Award, School of Education, UNCG
  • UNCG nominee for the 2013 O. Max Gardner Award, a UNC system award annually presented to “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”
  • Host for 8 counselor educators (on research leave) from Turkey, Romania, and Australia who came to UNCG to study counseling supervision practice and research.
  • Gonzalez, L. M., Hines, E. M., Borders, L. D., & Gonzalez, E. J. (2013). Finding your voice: Purpose, leadership, and vision. UNC-General Administration, GEAR UP NC Middle School Leadership Program for $9963.00.
  • Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., Hines, E. M. (co-Principal Investigators). (2011, Summer). “Who are our children and where are they going? A career and post-secondary planning guide for parents and family members.” (Funded by College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) as part of UNC College Access Challenge Grant). $43, 978.
  • Mentoring Award, School of Education, UNCG
  • ACA Fellow, American Counseling Association
  • One of four women featured in Models for Women in Counselor Education (DVD, ACES/ACA)
  • ACA Research Award, American Counseling Association
  • Author of more than 100 publications, including the New Handbook of Counseling Supervision and Evaluation of School Counseling Programs
  • Distinguished Mentor Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Women of Distinction Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Research in Counselor Education and Supervision Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Excellence in Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Professional Writing and Research Award, North Carolina Association for Counseling and Development
  • Chair of several award winning dissertations
  • Cited as one of the top 2%-5% contributors to Journal of Counseling and Development, 1978-1993
  • Cited as one of the top 5 contributors to Journal of Counseling and Development, 1988-1996

Research Interests (selected):

  • Counseling/Clinical supervision
  • Mentoring new and future counselor educators
  • College access and readiness
  • Adopted children and their families, including single adoptive parents and transcultural adoptive families
  • Ethics
  • School counseling

Professional Service (selected; current and past):

  • Member, International Advisory Board, Yale Program on Supervision, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Past Editor, Research Editor, and Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Member, Editorial Board, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Clinical Supervisor
  • Member, Executive Committee, International Interdisciplinary Clinical Supervision Conferences
  • Member, ACES Taskforce on Guidelines for Research Mentorship
  • Chair, ACES Taskforce on Best Practices in Counseling Supervision
  • Member, ACES/NBCC task force that created a national credential for counseling supervisors (Approved Clinical Supervisor, ACS)
  • Co-Chair, Ethics Committee of the American Counseling Association
  • Chair, Supervision Interest Network, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Secretary, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Counseling Supervision
  • Professional Seminar for doctoral students
  • Supervises master’s-level and doctoral-level counseling interns and doctoral supervision interns
  • Chairs dissertation committees

Counseling Experience (selected):

  • School counselor, public and private schools
  • Counselor, college counseling centers
  • Counselor, crisis intervention/suicide prevention center
  • Counselor, private practice

Clinical Experience and Interests:

  • Counseling issues of women and girls, college students, and persons at mid-life
  • Existential issues
  • Career counseling
  • Family counseling, particularly adopted children and their families


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, North Carolina)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)


  • Single adoptive mom of Jacob
  • Enjoys time with Jacob, sports, Southern women writers, and music

Recent Publications (Selected)

Gonzalez, L. M., Villalba, J. A., & Borders, L. D. (in press). Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and their children: Reflections on the path to college. Journal of Humanistic Counseling.

Wester, K. L., & Borders, L. D. (in press). Research competencies in counseling: A Delphi study. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Borders, L. D. (2014). Best practices in clinical supervision: Another step in delineating effective supervision practice. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 68, 151-162.

Borders, L. D., & Cashwell, C. S. (2014). Nicholas A. Vacc: A legacy of professional leadership and mentoring. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 347-354.

Clarke, L., & Borders, L. D. (2014). “You got to apply seriousness”: A phenomenological inquiry of Liberian women refugees’ coping. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 294-303.

Borders, L. D., Glosoff, H. L., Welfare, L. E., Hays, D. G., DeKruyf, L., Fernando, D. M., & Page, B. (2014). Best practices in clinical supervision: Evolution of a counseling specialty. The Clinical Supervisor, 33, 26-44.

Borders, L. D., Wester, K. L., Fickling, M. J., & Adamson, N. A. (2014). Research training in CACREP-accredited doctoral programs. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53, 145-160.

Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L. M., Hines, E. M., & Borders, L. D. (2014). The Latino parents learning about college (LP-LAC) program: Educational empowerment of Latino families through psychoeducational group work. Journal of Specialists in Group Work, 39, 47-70.

Kemer, G., Borders, L. D., & Willse, J. T. (2014). Cognitions of expert supervisors in academe: A concept mapping approach. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53, 2-18.

Wester, K. L., Borders, L. D., Boul, S., & Horton, E.  (2013).  Research quality: Critique of quantitative articles in the Journal of Counseling & DevelopmentJournal of Counseling & Development, 91, 280-290.

Giordano, A., Clarke, P., & Borders, L. D. (2013). Utilizing motivational interviewing techniques to address parallel process in supervision. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52, 15-29.

Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., Hines, E. M., Villalba, J. A., & Henderson, A.  (2013).  Parental involvement in children’s education: Considerations for school counselors working with Latino immigrant families. Professional School Counseling, 16, 185-193.

Eubanks Higgins, S., McCarthy-Veach, P., McFarlane, I. M., Borders, L. D., LeRoy, B., & Callanan, N. (2013). Knowledge, characteristics, and skills of effective clinical supervisors in genetic counseling. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 22, 39-57.  doi:10.1007/s10897-012-9512-z

Borders, L. D., Welfare, L. E., Greason, P. G., Paladino, D. A., Mobley, A. K., Villalba, J. A., & Wester, K. L.  (2012).  Individual and triadic and group:  Supervisee and supervisor perceptions of each modality.  Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 281-295.

Borders, L. D.  (2012). Dyadic, triadic, and group models of peer supervision/consultation: What are their components and is there evidence of their effectiveness? Clinical Psychologist, 16, 59-71. (Australian journal)

Borders, L. D., Wester, K. L., Granello, D. H., Chang, C. Y., Hays, D. G., Pepperell, J., & Spurgeon, S. L.  (2012).  ACES guidelines for research mentorship:  Development and implementation.  Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 162-175.

Borders, L. D., Young, J. S., Wester, K. L., Murray, C. E., Villalba, J. A., Lewis, T. L., & Mobley, A. K. (2011). Mentoring promotion/tenure seeking faculty: Principles of good practice within a counselor education program. Counselor Education and Supervision, 50, 171-188.

Welfare, L. E., & Borders, L. D. (2010). Counselor cognitions:  General and domain-specific complexity. Counselor Education and Supervision, 49, 162-178.

Welfare, L. E., & Borders, L. D. (2010). The Counselor Cognitions Questionnaire: Development and validation. The Clinical Supervisor, 29, 188-208.

Gibbons, M. M., & Borders, L. D. (2010).  A measure of college-going self-efficacy for middle school students.  Professional School Counseling, 13, 234-243.

Gibbons, M. M., & Borders, L. D. (2010). Prospective first-generation college students: A social-cognitive perspective. Career Development Quarterly, 58, 194-208.

Borders, L. D. (2010). In-house training clinic:  An ideal setting for training doctoral students in supervision. In A. K. Mobley & J. E. Myers (Eds.), Developing and maintaining counselor education laboratories (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Borders, L. D. (2010). Principles of best practices for clinical supervisor training programs. In J. R. Culbreth & L. L. Brown (Eds.), State of the art in clinical supervision (pp. 127-150). New York:  Routledge.

Borders, L. D. (2009). A primer on clinical supervision. In F. Korkut-Owen, R. Özyürek, & D. W. Owen (Eds.), Gelisen Psikolojik Danisma ve Rehberlik: Mesleklesme Sürecinde Ilerlemeler, Cilt 2 (Developing counseling and guidance:  Progress in professionalism)(Vol. 2) (pp. 35-49). Ankara, Turkey: Nobel Yayinevi.

Borders, L. D. (2009). Subtle messages in clinical supervision. The Clinical Supervisor, 28, 200-209.

Borders, L. D., & Murray, C. E. (2009). What’s in a name? An international adoption case study. In R. C. Henriksen & D. A. Paladino (Eds.), Counseling individuals, couples, and families with multiple heritages. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Penny, J. M., Borders, L. D., & Portnoy, F. (2007). Reconstruction of adoption issues: Delineation of five phases among adult adoptees. Journal of Counseling and Development, 85, 30-41.

Borders, L. D., Eubanks, S., & Callanan, N. (2006). Supervision of psychosocial skills in genetic counseling. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 15, 211-223.

Gibbons, M. M., Borders, L. D., Wiles, M. E., Stephan, J. B., & Davis, P. E. (2006). Career and college planning needs of ninth graders – as reported by ninth graders. Professional School Counseling, 10, 168-178.

Dodson, T. A., & Borders, L. D. (2006). Men in traditional and nontraditional careers: Gender role attitudes, gender role conflict, and job satisfaction. Career Development Quarterly, 54, 283-296.

Borders, L. D. (2005). Snapshot of clinical supervision in counseling and counselor education: A five-year review. The Clinical Supervisor, 24(1-2), 69-113.

Watts, R. H., Jr., & Borders, L. D. (2005). Boys’ perceptions of the male role: Understanding gender role conflict in adolescent males. Journal of Men’s Studies, 13, 267-280.

Borders, L. D., & Brown, L. L. (2005). The new handbook of counseling supervision. Mahwah, NJ: Lahaska/Lawrence Erlbaum.

Borders, L. D. (2002). School counseling in the 21st century: Personal and professional reflections on the four focus articles. Professional School Counseling, 5, 180-185.

Borders, L. D. (2001). Counselor supervision: A deliberate educational process. In D. C. Locke, J. E. Myers, & E. L. Herr (Eds.), The handbook of counseling (pp. 417-432). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hoffman, R. M., & Borders, L. D. (2001). Twenty-five years after the Bem Sex-Role Inventory: A reassessment and new issues regarding classification variability. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling, 34, 39-55.

Coker, J. K., & Borders, L. D. (2001). An analysis of environmental and social factors impacting adolescent problem drinking. Journal of Counseling and Development, 79, 200-208.

Borders, L. D., Penny, J. M., & Portnoy, F. (2000). Adult adoptees and their friends: Current functioning and psychosocial wellbeing. Family Relations, 49, 407-418.




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