Jonique Childs

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Jonique Childs

Assistant Professor
School Counselor Education

Email iconjrchilds@umass.edu

Phone icon413-545-1521

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Education

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

Biography

Jonique R. Childs is an assistant professor in the College of Education Student Development program. She has completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa. Additionally, she has completed an graduate minor in Multicultural Education & Cultural Competency and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and 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 prevention 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 of color that also 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 first-generation college students, student of color, career development, postsecondary education, multicultural education, cultural competency, social justice advocacy practices, leadership characteristics, and mental health awareness.

Publications

Childs, J. R., Sánchez, J., Wambu, G. W. (2021). (In press). Meeting the unique

needs of first-generation college students: An exploration of Psychosocial theory, postsecondary transition, and career development. In Chance W.  Lewis (Eds.), Equity-Based Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions: Am American Imperative, (pp[. xx-xx). Information Age Publishing.

Kimball, E., Abbott, J., & Childs, J. R. (2020), (In print). Cripping equity and assessment:

Disability as identity and culture in the context of culturally responsive assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessments.

Chan, C. D., Love, C. A., Wright, G. G., Rowe, J., Ford, D. J., Jr., & Childs, J. R. (2020), (In press).

Affirming diversity and disability in career development: Multiple perspectives, issues, and constituencies. Career Developments.

Wambu, G. W., & Childs, J. R. (2020, In print). Career development of African-immigrant college

students. In J. Keengwe & K. Kungu (Eds). Handbook of research on immigrant career development practices. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Sánchez, J., Muller, V., Barnes, E. F. & Childs, J. R. (In press). (2019). Assessment of

psychopathology. In D. R. Strauser & F. Chan (Eds.), Assessment principles and practice in rehabilitation and mental health counseling (pp. xx–xx). New York, NY: Springer.

Childs, J. R. (2019). (In press). Proceeding with Caution: Integrating Cultural Humility into

Multicultural Supervision Practices with Master-Level School Counseling Students. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. Vol. 26, Issue 2.

Childs, J. R., and Maxis, S. (In press). (2019). Diversity and advocacy: Toni’s trouble. In C. Wood,

T. Portman, and L. Tyson, Critical Incidents in School Counseling, 3rd Ed. American Counseling Association: Alexandria, VA

Research

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.

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