The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez

phone: 336-405 8682  
   office: 215 Curry Building

Title: Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Counselor Education, North Carolina State University
  • MEd, College Counseling, University of Delaware
  • BA, Women’s Studies with a minor in Biology, Colgate University

Faculty member at UNCG since: 2009

Scholarly Achievements and Awards (selected):

Gonzalez, L. M., & Villalba, J. A. (2014, February).  Promoting higher education in Latino families: The LaP-LAC Program. Proposal submitted to the K. B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for $93,000 (funded).

Gonzalez, L. M., Hines, E. M., Borders, L. D., & Gonzalez, E. J. (2013, Fall). Finding your voice: Purpose, leadership, and vision.  Proposal submitted to GEAR UP NC Middle School Leadership Program for $9963.00 (funded).

Stein, G. L., Gonzalez, L. M., & Supple, A. J. (co-PI’s). (2012, Fall). The role of familism in promoting positive youth development in Asian and Latino immigrant families: Exploring mechanisms and context.  UNCG Regular Faculty Grant –  $10,000 (funded).

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 (funded).

Fellow, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision “Emerging Leaders” Program (2014)

Recipient, North Carolina Counseling Association Award for Professional Writing and/or Research (2014)

Recipient, UNCG School of Education Mentoring/Advising/Supervising Award (2014)

Research Interests (selected):

  • College student development
  • Post-secondary educational access of Latino adolescents
  • Latino parental involvement with their children’s educational goals
  • Social influences in human development (including ecological and social cognitive theories)
  • Ethnic identity and cultural influences in new immigrant communities

Professional Service (selected):

Co-Chair, College Counseling/Student Affairs Interest Network, Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (summer 2012 – present) and ACES (starting summer 2013)

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of College Counseling

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Student Development in Higher Education
  • Career Development and Career Counseling
  • Contemporary College Student
  • Advanced Theories and Research 2
  • Coordinates the College Counseling/Student Development in Higher Education track in the program
  • Supervises counseling interns
  • Serves on dissertation committees

Counseling Experience (selected):

Has worked as a counselor in the following settings:

  • Academic advisor and transitions counselor, undeclared college students
  • Career counselor, college students
  • Crisis counselor, rape and sexual violence

Clinical Experience and Interests:

  • Effective programs to support educational and career choices
  • Multicultural identity and wellness (including gender and ethnicity)
  • Self-efficacy beliefs and social cognitive theory in educational settings


  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Member, American Counseling Association
  • Member, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Member, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision


I enjoy watching my three small children evolve, practicing yoga, listening to world music, traveling, and time relaxing with my husband.

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.

Gonzalez, L. M., Stein, G. L., Kiang, L., & Cupito, A. (in press).  The influence of support and discrimination on developmental competencies in Latino adolescents.  Journal of Latina/o Psychology.

Gonzalez, L. M., Eades, M. P., & Supple, A. J. (in press). Ethnic identity of immigrant youth: Increasing knowledge, awareness, and skills of school counselors.  School Community Journal.

Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., & Hines, E. M. (2014). The Latino Parents-Learning About College (LaP-LAC) program: Educational empowerment of Latino families through psychoeducational group work.  Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39, 47-70.

Stein, G. L., Gonzalez, L. M., Cupito, A., Kiang, L., & Supple, A. J. (in press). Family cultural variables as protective factors in the lives of Latino youth.  Journal of Family Issues.

Ting, S. R., & Gonzalez, L. M. (in press). Quality of interactions in face-to-face and hybrid career development courses: An exploration of students’ perceptions. Journal of Online Teaching and Learning.

Gonzalez, L. M., Stein, G. L., & Huq, N. (2013). The influence of cultural identity and perceived barriers on college preparation and aspirations of Latino youth in emerging immigrant communities. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35, 101-118.  doi:10.1177/0739986312463002.

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.

Gonzalez, L. M. (2012) College level choice of Latino high school students: A social cognitive approach.  Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Gonzalez, L. M., Stein, G. L., Shannonhouse, L. R., & Prinstein, J. (2012).  Latina/o Adolescents in an Emerging Immigrant Community: A Qualitative Exploration of their Future Goals. Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.

Stein, G.L., Gonzalez, L.M., & Huq, N. (2012) Cultural stressors and the hopelessness model of depression in Latino adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.




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