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Dr. V Wanzer

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Veronica M. Wanzer, PhD, LCPC, aka, Dr. V, a native New Yorker, has served as a counselor and clinical supervisor in Maryland for nearly ten years. In 2018, Dr. V graduated with a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University. Her dissertation focused on counselor competence with gender diverse clients. Immediately following graduation, she continued her journey as a counselor educator teaching in both Online and traditional Master’s-level counseling programs across the country, engaging with counseling students worldwide! At Walden University, Dr. V teaches courses in the Master’s and Doctoral level counseling program, including dissertation committee service.

Dr. V’s research interests include issues of social justice, counselor competence, and counselor professional identity. To disseminate this work, Dr. V presents at various counseling and interdisciplinary conferences on a yearly basis, including the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) national conferences. She is currently engaged in various innovative research, social change projects, and publication efforts focused on social change and counseling at an international level. She published her first peer-reviewed article in the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling. Dr. V’s social change and service efforts include her role as President of the Maryland branch of the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE-MD). In this role, Dr. V works with the SAIGE-MD board and members to move forward legislation and regulations that affirm and validate the existence and needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the realm of counseling.


BS, Howard University - Washington, DC United States

MA, Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA

DrPH, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN


Wanzer, V. M., Gray, G. M., Bridges, C. W. (2021). Lived experiences of professional counselors with gender diverse clients. Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling.

Zazza, A., Kirkland, V. M., Thompson, J. (2020). Addressing blended family and trauma issues with sexual and gender minority parents.

Peoples, K., Shelton, D., Zazzarino, A., Riley, P., Fisher, R., Thompson, J., Kirkland, V. M. (2019). Analyzing case studies on male infidelity using interpretive phenomenological analysis: A collaborative group approach.

Peoples, K., Zazzarino, A., Thompson, J., Riley, P., Shelton, D., Fisher, R., Kirkland, V. M. (2019). The unfaithful male in monogamous and non-monogamous marriage: A phenomenological case study. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity.


Wanzer, V. M. (2021). Self-care and compassion for the counselor. Maryland Counseling Association.

Trevenen, C., Wanzer, V. M. (2020). Ethics: Serving gender diverse youth. Montgomery County MD Health and Human Services.

Zazzarino, A., Wanzer, V. M. (2020). Understanding Opioid Use Disorder within the LGBTQ+ Community. SAIGE-ACA.

Kirkland, V. M. (2019). Counselor preparation: Transgender and gender non-conforming population. Redlands University.

Kirkland, V. M. (2019). Addressing blended family and trauma issues with sexual and gender minority parents. Maryland Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Counseling.

Dollarhide, C., Horne-Davis, D., Kirkland, V. M., Miller, C., Pester (2019). The Privilege in Our Pedagogy. American Counseling Association.

Kirkland, V. M. (2016). Professional counselors lived experiences of counseling transgender individuals. Walden University.