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Department of
Counselor Education


Ceara D. Shaughnessy, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor


Ceara D. Shaughnessy joined the Department of Counselor Education at Emporia State University in 2016. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas in 2010 and then her master's degree in mental health counseling from Emporia State in 2013. She is currently a doctoral candidate, finishing her PhD in counselor education and supervision at Ohio University.

Shaughnessy is a member of the Kansas Air National Guard and recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Her dissertation focuses on identifying barriers military members face when seeking mental health care services. Some of her other research interests include: gatekeeping in counselor education, student impairment in counselor education, gender issues, and military mental health. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Kansas and a nationally certified counselor (NCC).

She is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education program and the Director of Community Counseling Services at Emporia State University.



Phone: 620-341-5789


Office Location: The Earl Center, Ofc 238