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Adria Shipp Dunbar

Assistant Professor

Poe Hall 520


Adria Shipp Dunbar is an assistant professor and doctoral program coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development’s Counselor Education program at NC State University. Her research interests focus on utilizing a STEM School Counselor Collaboration Model to ensure school counselors are prepared to serve the needs of all students, and are aware of the potential for implicit bias to impact post-secondary career counseling for students from historically underrepresented populations in STEM careers. Additionally, Dr. Dunbar focuses on developing educational technologies for counselor education and supervision, promoting digital health and citizenship for k-12 students, and diffusion of innovations in educational environments.

She has developed two software systems that are currently available for use:

  • SuperVISE: An iOS mobile application for the supervision of clinical field experiences (i.e., tracking hours and securely sharing video or audio recordings for the purposes of supervision)
  • STEM Squad: An iOS and Android application focused on pairing middle and high school students interested in STEM careers with near peer undergraduate STEM majors for eMentoring opportunities, particularly focusing on individuals representing historically underrepresented populations in STEM. [Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)]

Research Description

My research centers around innovative ways to make counseling, teaching, and research more accessible. Exploring the process of Diffusion of Innovations, as well as social networks, is a means to better understand the process of innovation adoption. I am currently working on projects related to the following topics:

  • Improving suicide assessment training for school counselors using Virtual Reality
  • Increasing media literacy and digital citizenship in online environments
  • Promoting 1:1 learning environments for Counselor Education programs
  • Exploring innovativeness in Counselor Education

Additional research interests include:

  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • School-Based Health Centers


Courses Taught

  • ECD 510 Introduction to Counseling
  • ECD 525 Multicultural Counseling
  • ECD 524 Career Development and Counseling
  • ECD 530 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • ECD 561 Assessment in Counseling
  • ECD 590 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • ECD 651 School Counseling Internship
  • ECD 847 Practicum in Counseling Supervision


Doctor of Philosophy Counseling and Counselor Education The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Master of Education School Counseling Western Carolina University

Bachelor of Arts Psychology The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill