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Linda Foster

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Foster is a core faculty member in the School Counseling Program. 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 6743 - Psychopharmacology

COUN 6101 - Foundations in Graduate Study


PhD, Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS United States

Public Service

National Board for Certifed Counselors , Chair - Greensboro, NC United States

Association for Assessment in Research and Counseling , Chair - Birmingham, AL United States

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

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. 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. H., Overton, S. L., 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.