Dawn Horton

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Dawn Horton

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation
School Counselor Education

Email icondmhorton@umass.edu

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B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1981
MS., C.A.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1983
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2011
Ph.D., Montclair State University, 2017


Dawn Horton, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation and an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her scholarship focuses on factors influencing Hispanic students’ success in STEM, high school student graduation rates as influenced by school counselor assignment, and the creation of knowledge in disciplines. Dr. Horton has extensive experience writing and evaluating grants, having co-authored over $16 million in awarded STEM grants over the last five years. One of the most recent grant projects demonstrated how a summer Math Bridge program could provide students with the skills and course credit to not only make up a semester of mathematics but to excel in subsequent mathematics coursework. Dawn, having worked as a high school counselor for over a decade, has extensive experience in advising high school students on the college and career process having written thousands of student recommendations, and personally visiting over 150 universities and colleges meeting with hundreds of college admissions personnel.




Hispanic students' success in STEM; High school graduation rates by counselor assignment; Creation of knowledge in disciplines; Evidence-based practice in school counseling





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