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Rebecca Cowan

Core Faculty
Rebecca Cowan

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree ProgramM.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Cowan's formal training is in counselor education and supervision and clinical mental health counseling. She has worked in mental health since 2004 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board Certified Telemental Health provider, and Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider. Dr. Cowan has been awarded Diplomate Status by the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) with the designation in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling. The award recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. Clinically, Dr. Cowan has experience working in inpatient psychiatric, private practice, residential treatment, integrated care (family medicine), and foster care/child protective services settings. She has numerous professional publications and has made several national and regional presentations. Dr. Cowan serves on the editorial board of several professional journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development and Adultspan journal. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota International's Counselor Community Engagement Committee and is the Chair of the SACES Service Learning Interest Network. Dr. Cowan is also a member of the Middle Adulthood Task Force through the AADA. She also enjoys volunteering as a Disaster Mental Health responder with the American Red Cross and has responded to incidents in Las Vegas, NV; Parkland, FL; and Virginia Beach, VA. At Walden, Dr. Cowan teaches in the School of Counseling and Human Services. She has served on over 30 doctoral student dissertation committees across several universities.

Courses Taught

COUN 6336 - Crisis, Trauma, and Response

COUN 6720 - Diagnosis and Assessment


PhD, Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA United States

MA, Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA United States

Public Service

The American Red Cross, Volunteer

Awards / Honors

Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, American Counseling Association, 2020

Top Forty Under 40, Inside Business, 2019

Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), 2019

Association for Adult Development and Aging-Outstanding Journal Award, AADA, 2013

National Organization of Human Services President’s Award, National Organization of Human Services, 2010


Cowan, R. G., Blum, C. R., Szirony, G. M., Cicchetti, R. J. (2020). Supporting Survivors of Public Mass Shootings Journal of Social, Behavioral, & Health Sciences

Frazier, D., Cowan, R. G. (2020). The correlation between attachment style, self-esteem, and psychological well-being of fatherless women ages 25-55. Adultspan Journal

Cole, R., Cowan, R. G. (2019). Military reintegration: The professional school counselor’s role in helping military families successfully reunite after deployment The Journal of Military and Government Counseling

Cowan, R. G., Cole, R., Craigen, L. (2019). School based sexual abuse prevention: Implications for professional school counselors The Professional Counselor

Margolies, S. O., Cowan, R. G., Rehfuss, M. C., Britton, B. (2018). The Patient Centered Medical Home and medical school education: An innovative interprofessional education model Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice

Cole, R., Cowan, R. G., Craigen, L. (2015). Building partnerships with low-income families of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Implications for professional school counselors Journal of Children and Poverty

Cowan, R. G., Cole , R. (2014). Awareness, recognition, and action: Meeting the needs of geriatric clients The Journal of Human Services

Cole , R., Craigen , L., Cowan, R. G. (2014). Compassion fatigue in human service practitioners The Journal of Human Services

Craigen , L., Cole , R., McBride-Cowan , R. (2013). The college counseling experiences of young women who self-injure: A qualitative study Human Services Today

Craigen , L., Cole , R., Cowan, R. G. (2013). Online relationships and the role of the human service practitioner Journal of Human Services

McBride, R., Hays, D. G. (2012). Counselor demographics, ageism attitudes, and multicultural counseling competence among counselors and counselor trainees ADULTSPAN Journal

McBride, R. (2012). Survival on the streets: Experiences of the homeless population and constructive suggestions to assist this population Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Hays , D., McBride , R., Cole , R., Emelianchik , K., Forman , J., Lorelle , S., Sikes , A. (2011). A phenomenological investigation of adolescent dating relationships and dating violence counseling interventions The Professional Counselor Journal

Sikes , A., Walley , C., McBride, R., Fusco , A., Fariss, R., Lauka, J. (2011). Inhalant and prescription medication abuse among adolescents: An inexpensive, accessible, and misperceived trend Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

Forman, J., McBride , R. (2010). Counselors’ role in preventing abuse of older adults: Clinical, ethical, and legal considerations ADULTSPAN Journal

Sikes , A., Cole , R., McBride , R., Fusco , A., Lauka, J. (2009). Addressing the needs of substance abusing adolescents: A guide for professional school counselors Journal of School Counseling


Cowan, R. G., Baumgarten, M. (2014). Working Together as Interdisciplinary Leaders: MD and Phd Program Directors In a Family Medicine Residency

Britton , B., O'Keefe , A., Cowan, R. G., Das, P. (2013). Enhancing Patient Communication: Structuring Simulated Patient Feedback and Evaluation of Family Medicine Clerkship Students.

Early , M., Cowan, R. G. (2013). Senior Care Clinic: A Success Story for Integrated Care

Cowan, R. G., Bluestein , D. (2013). Teamwork in Geriatrics: Making it Happen in the Real World

McBride, R., Neuer , A. (2010). Resilience and Community Needs of the Homeless Population

Neukrug , E., McBride, R., Neuer, A. (2010). Perceptions by ACA Members of Ethically Correct Behaviors

McBride, R., Lauka, J. (2009). Positive and Negative Aspects of Doctoral Students Supervising master’s Students in Counselor Education and Supervision Programs

Remley , T., McBride, R., Knight , J., Neuer , A., Richeson, B. (2009). Are Counselor Educators Over-Zealous in their Role as Gatekeepers for the Counseling Profession?

McBride, R., Forman, J. M. (2009). Survival on the Streets: Experiences of the Homeless Population and Constructive Suggestion for Assistance

Neukrug , E., Wisinger, S., McBride, R., Forman, J. M. (2009). A Content Analysis of CESNET-L

McBride, R., Forman, J. M. (2009). Perceptions of Ethical Behaviors of Counselors

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