Christina A. Tillery

Ph.D. Student, School of Education
Expected Graduation: May 2024
Program Area: Counselor Education and Supervision

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  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2024)
  • M.Ed. in School Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University, (December 2016)
  • B.A. in History, The College of William and Mary, (May 2012)

Line of Research

Historically, Black girls are excluded from research regarding access to an equitable and advanced education and disciplinary policies. I aim to add to the budding research on Black girls’ schooling and how school counselors can create safe spaces for them in schools. Furthermore, I am looking at school counselor leadership development specifically for Black fem-identifying school counselors.

Selected Research and Scholarship

  • Livingston, A., Tillery, C., Man, I. (2021, October 5 - 10). Taking Racism Out of Research: Developing an Anti-Racist Research Self-Efficacy Measure [Poster session].Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States.
  • Tillery, C., (2021). She’s Not Forgotten: School Counselors in the pursuit of ending the school push out of Black Girls [Poster session]. Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Research Spring Symposium, Richmond, VA, United States.
  • Tillery, C., Crane, E., and Goodman-Scott, E. (In Review). Tiered Supports for the Class of 2021 in Unprecedented Times: A High School Counseling Department's Journey. Professional School Counseling Journal.


CLED 613: Data Driven Comprehensive School Counseling Programming Fall, 2021
This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge base of the profession of school counseling including the history of the profession, current issues, and future trends. Students will learn how to create, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program. In addition, this course will focus on the role of school counselors in becoming advocates for students and leaders in the school environment and profession.


Christina A. Tillery began her career in education as a social studies teacher, and after four years, she transitioned to a high school counselor in Henrico County, Virginia. She is currently a doctoral student in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. She enjoys finding evidence-based and creative ways to help students develop academically, emotionally and socially. Through her work within school counseling, she sees a significant need for collaboration between practitioners and counselor education researchers to develop equitable school counseling services for all students.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

As a practicing school counselor transitioning into academia, I prioritize increasing my professional involvement in the counselor education field. The Holmes Scholars Program will allow me the safe space and community to develop my research skills and expand my self-efficacy. I genuinely believe in having a supportive village. I am excited to be a member of a program that is centered on connectivity and fellowship.

Curriculum Vitae