Anya Lainas

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Hanna Laneuskaya Lainas received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015. Dr. Lainas has five years of experience as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC and GA and has a certificate in Addictions Counseling. At Walden, Dr, Lainas is a Contributing Faculty in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. Lainas has over 10 years of clinical experience which includes work as a Program Director for Intensive-in-Home Services for children and adolescents and an owner of a Private Practice. In her private practice she specializes in trauma work with individuals, in addition she provides family counseling to adolescents and their families. Dr. Lainas’ research interests include experiential learning and counselor identity development; mindfulness interventions for anxiety; counselor wellness; ethical use of technology; multicultural competency development; social advocacy.


PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

MA, Appalachian State Univeristy

BA, Appalachian State Univeristy

Public Service

AERA, Board Member -

Awards / Honors

Global Scholar Award, Texas A&M International Univeristy , 2018


Pirtle, T., Wang, X., Brown, R., Lainas, H. (2017). Influence of a Wellness Course on Meaning-in-Life and Anxiety of Counselors-in-Training. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

Lainas, H., Seongkwan Cho (2017). The relationship between athlete burnout and perfectionism: A meta-analysis. IJASS(International Journal of Applied Sports Sciences)


Lainas, H. L., Perez-Gonzalez, G., Rivera, Y., Sanchez, G. (2019). #SOCIALADVOCACY. TACES

Mercado, I., Lainas, H. L. (2017). A Counselor’s Journey: Fostering Growth and Promoting Professional Identity Development in Master’s Level Counselor Trainees. TAMIU

Lainas, H. L., Ortiz, K., Gonzalez, L., Espinosa, A. (2018). Crossing borders: Phenomenological study of LGBT experiences.. ACA

Lainas, H. L., Sanchez, G. (2019). Interpretive Dance: Structured Peer Group Supervision. TACES

Lainas, H. L. (2019). Social Advocacy Projects on US-Mexico Border.