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. (2013, Spring). Building self-efficacy for college planning in Spanish-speaking parents. Coalition for Diverse Language Communities fellowship – $3,000 (funded).


Hines, E. M., Gonzalez, L. M., & Borders, L. D. (2013, Spring). CFNC Parent curriculum pilot study with Smith High School.  School of Education Dean’s Office award – $2500 (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.
  • Gonzalez, L.M. & Stein, G.L. (co-PI’s) “Caminos al Futuro,” New Faculty Grant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, $10,000.
  • Dissertation Grant, American Educational Research Association
  • Fellow, Association for Institutional Research Summer Data Policy Institute


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)


  • Past member, Editorial Board, Journal of Counseling and Development
  • 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)

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.


Kiang, L., Supple, A. J., Stein, G. L., & Gonzalez, L. M.  (2012)  Gendered academic adjustment among Asian American adolescents in an emerging immigrant community.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence.


Borders, L. D., Hines, E. M., Gonzalez, L. M., Villalba, J. A., & Henderson, A. (2011, January). Parental involvement in college planning: A report for the College Foundation of North Carolina.


Behnke, A. O., Gonzalez, L. M., & Cox. R. (2010). Latino students in new arrival states: Factors and services to prevent youth from dropping out. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32, 385-409.


Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Gonzalez, L. M., & Mohamed, R. (2010). Individuals and families of Arab descent. In D. G. Hayes & B. T. Erford (Eds,), Developing multicultural counseling competency: A systems approach (pp. 216-245). Prentice Hall/Merrill.


Gonzalez, L. M., & Ting, S. R. (2008). Adjustment of undergraduate Latino students at a southeastern university: Cultural components of academic and social integration. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7, 199-211.



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