Linda Foster

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

Dr. Foster is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Walden University. She received her undergraduate degree from Samford University, master’s and education specialist degrees in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Mississippi State University. Linda worked as a licensed professional counselor for over 10 years at the elementary, middle and high school level and has been a counselor educator since 2007. She has served on local, state, national and international counseling boards and editorial boards. Dr. Foster’s current research interests include the impact of language in online learning, student engagement and creating effective learning communities. Dr. Foster has presented various topics at the state, national and international level and has published articles in peer reviewed journals, as well as authored several book chapters.

Courses Taught

COUN 6360 - Assessment in Counseling

COUN 6626 - Research Methods & Program Evaluation

COUN 6101 - Foundations in Graduate Study


PhD, Mississippi State University

Education Specialist, University of Alabama at Birmingham

BS, Samford University

Public Service

National Board for Certifed Counselors , Chair - Greensboro

Association for Assessment in Research and Counseling , Chair - Birmingham

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Member - Alexandria

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Practitioner, Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Society, 2001

Outstanding Researcher, Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Society Zeta Chapter, 2001

Outstanding Member, Alabama Counseling Association , 2004


Foster, L. H. (2005). The Work Activities of Professional School Counselors: Are the National Standards Being Addressed? . Professional School Counselor

Foster, L. H. (2010). A best kept secret: Single-subject research design in counseling. . Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation Journal

Foster, L. H. (2002). Single subject research design for school counselors: Becoming an applied researcher. Professional School Counselor

Foster, L. (2018). Language and Online Learning: The Power of Words to Engage and Transform. . The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision


Foster, L. H., Briggs, C. A., Neuer Colburn, A. A. (2016). Language and Online Learning: The Power of Words to Engage and Transform.. Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors

Foster, L., Overton, S., Young, A. J., Falkner, J. (2017). Understanding poverty: reducing barriers and creating opportunities. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Foster, L. H., Hays, D. G. (2011). Evaluation, Review and Revision of the current Standards for Multicultural Assessment.. Assessment and Research in Counseling

Robbins, J. M., Briggs, C. A., Falkner, J., Foster, L. (2023). Beyond the ethics course: Infusing professional identity and development throughout the curriculum-part 1. University of Holy Cross

Foster, L. H., Falkner, J. (2019). Conceptualizing Poverty through a Multicultural Lens Challenging Systemic Injustice. . American Counseling Association, British Association of Counseling & Psychotherapy, Irish Association of Counseling

Scott, S. K., Foster, L., Taylor, S. L. (2019). Barriers of poverty: Socio-economic influences in the delivery of disaster mental health services. Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

Foster, L. H. (2019). Applied Single Subject Research Design. . Oregon State University

Foster, L. H. (2011). Are we good participants in our own research? An evaluation of current published research on counselor educators. . Assessment and Research in Counseling