Jonique Childs

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Jonique Childs

Assistant Professor
School Counselor Education


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B.S., Northern Illinois University, 2008
MSEd., Northern Illinois University, 2012
MSEd., Northern Illinois University, 2013
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2018


Jonique R. Childs is an assistant professor in the College of Education Student Development program. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa.

Additionally, she has completed a graduate minor in Multicultural Education & Cultural Competency and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Jonique has also completed dual Masters degrees MS.Eds in school and clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in career development. Dr. Childs has previous experiences as an at-risk school counselor, college career counselor and recruiter, and clinical mental health counselor on the national suicide hotline. She has served various individuals from different ethnic backgrounds to include adolescent, high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and older adults.


Dr. Child's research investigates the psychosocial needs of students that identify as First-Generation in K-12 and post-secondary education.

Her research seeks to systematically examine the personal, social, emotional, academic, and career attainment of post-secondary education of first-generation college students of color and the interconnectedness of mental well-being with an emphasis in help seeking behaviors and attitudes for personal counseling and career services. Jonique's research areas of interest include career development and decision-making, multicultural education, cultural competency, social justice advocacy practices, leadership characteristics, and mental health awareness.

  • Department of Student Development