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Shannon Kakkar

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Shannon Shoemaker is a contributing faculty in the CMHC program with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is an LCPC and Board Approved Supervisor in Maryland, and is an LMHC in Massachusetts, and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Shoemaker earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has over ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families, and currently has a private practice in Maryland. Dr. Shoemaker is a member of the American Counseling Association and numerous divisions including SAIGE, ACC, ACES, AARC, and ACSSW, which was just granted organizational affiliate status with ACA.


PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Public Service

Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness, Board Member


Awards / Honors

Presidential Award, Maryland Counseling Association, 2019


Boswell, J., Shoemaker, S., Barber, C., Gibbons, A. (2021). A Meta-Study of Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (JCMH) from 2006 to 2017. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Matthews, C., Suprina, J., Shoemaker, S., Harrell, D., Brace, A., Sadler-Gerhardt, C., Kocet, M. (2019). Best practices in cross-cultural counseling: The intersection of spiritual/religious identity and affectional/sexual identity. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.

Jain, S., Trevina-Flores, Seium, S., Shoemaker, S. (2019). Counseling and advocacy in Brazil. Indian Journal of Community Psychology.

Jain, S., Agaskar, V., Shoemaker, S., Behl, M. (2019). School counselling in India. Journal of Muallim Rıfat Faculty of Education.

Jain, S., Faimon, K., Mallory, M., Shoemaker, S. (2019). Counseling and advocacy in Ireland. Indian Journal of Community Psychotherapy.

Bettis Cox, J., Shoemaker, S., Chan, C. (2020). Taking access to the community: An ecological systems framework for in-home counseling with older adults. Adultspan.


Shoemaker, S. (2021). A Survey of ACA Members & Sexuality Training.

Shoemaker, S., Freeburg, M. (2019). Bibliotherapy and Photo-Elicitation: A Qualitative Research Study.

Le Brasseur, M., Shoemaker, S. (2019). Building mid-level student affairs and faculty partnerships for student success.

Zeglin, R., Schubert, A., McClain, F., Shoemaker, S., Vandenburg, M. (2020). Current Topics in Counseling Sexology: A Panel Discussion with ACSSW Leadership.

Freeburg, M., Shoemaker, S. (2019). Ethical Best Practices in Conveying Informed Consent: Ensuring Borderless Inclusion..