Jenna Alvarez

Jenna Marie Alvarez

Assistant Professor Educator

Teachers College


CECH Human Services - 0068

Professional Summary

Dr. Jenna Marie Alvarez is an Assistant Professor-Educator and the School Counseling Track Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked as an elementary school counselor. Additionally, she worked as an intervention specialist at the middle school and high school within the same district, where she became a school counselor. Her research interests focus on professional school counseling with the goal of decreasing the achievement and opportunity gaps for marginalized students. Dr. Alvarez works toward this goal through research collaborations that contribute to evidence-based practices that are applicable and accessible for school counselor practitioners. Specifically, her research has examined the role of school counselor trainees who work with students with disabilities. She has expanded her research to explore the overall impact of trauma on students and the effectiveness of trauma-informed care as it relates to the school counselor role. Her commitment to creative teaching was recognized with the 2020 University of Cincinnati CECH Golden Apple for Teaching Award for Counseling Education. Additionally, she is a licensed mental health counselor with community and hospital internship experience. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of School Counseling (JSC), the Counselor Education & Supervision (CE&S) journal, and the Journal of College Counseling (JCC). Dr. Alvarez serves as an advisory council member for the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC). She was recently selected for the 2021 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Emerging Leaders Program. Dr. Alvarez received her doctoral degree from Ohio University (CACREP Accredited) and completed her master’s in school counseling at the University of Dayton (CACREP Accredited).


Doctor of Philosophy: Ohio University Athens, OH, 2018 (Counselor Education and Supervision)

Master of Science in Education: University of Dayton Dayton, OH, 2012 (School Counseling)

Bachelor of Science in Education: Ohio Dominican University Columbus, OH, 2009 (Special Education)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Alvarez, J., Bhat, C. S., Landmark, L. J. (2020. ) Are school counselors sufficiently prepared to serve students with disabilities? .Journal of School Counseling, , 18 (19 ) ,1-25

Published Books

Logan-McKibben, S. & Alvarez, J. (2022. ) The Ultimate School Counselor’s Guide to Assessment and Data Collection .New York, NY , Springer


Invited Presentations

Alvarez, J. & Saunders, R. (07-2021. ) Supporting Students Through Trauma .American School Counseling Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Conference. . Level:National