Abigail H. Conley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Abigail H. Conley, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education, North Carolina State University
  • M.A. in counseling psychology, Lewis & Clark College
  • B.A. in psychology and religion, Wake Forest University

Research interests

Interpersonal Violence (IPV) prevention, survivorship, and healing; stereotype threat and underrepresentation in STEM fields; spiritual diversity and spiritual development; best practices in program evaluation and research methodology

Career highlights

  • Received the 2015 Charles P. Ruch Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Received the 2015 SOE Distinguished Junior Faculty Award
  • Received 2013 American College Counseling Association Emerging Scholar Award
  • Appointed associate editor of quantitative research for Counseling and Values, the official journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling

Recent publications/projects

  • Testing a Proposed Evidence Base for the Red Flag Campaign: Promoting Prevention through Program and Messaging Evaluation. 2015. Funded by the VCU Council for Community Engagement Co-PI. ($15,925, Briones).
  • Conley, A.H. & Griffith, C. (in press). Responding to Title IX: Suggestions for college counselors working with survivors of power-based personal violence. Journal of College Counseling.
  • Barden, S.M., Conley, A.H. & Young, M.E. (2015). Integrating health and wellness in mental health counseling: Clinical, educational and policy implications. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 37(2), 152-163.
  • Gutierrez, D., Conley, A.H., & Young, M.E. (in press). The effect of Jyoti meditation on student counselors. Counselor Education and Supervision.


Dr. Abigail H. Conley is an associate professor of counselor education and an affiliate faculty member with the Institute of Women’s Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the coordinator for the college student development and counseling concentration of the M.Ed. in counselor education program.

In addition to her work with the School of Education, Conley serves as the assessment committee chair for the Campus Alliance to End Violence, an inter-institutional collaboration between VCU and the University of Richmond, funded by the Office of Violence Against Women Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program.

She also currently serves as the associate editor of quantitative research for the journal, Counseling and Values.

Curriculum Vitae

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