Jennifer Watkinson, Ph.D.

Jennifer Watkinson

Director, Associate Professor
Timonium Graduate Center, Room 26L


University of Maryland at College Park
Doctorate of Philosophy, Counselor Education with specialization in School Counseling, May 2000

The Johns Hopkins University
Master of Science, School Guidance and Counseling, May 1993

Loyola College in Baltimore
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1991

Professional Licensure and Certification

Advanced Professional Certification in School Guidance and Counseling in the State of Maryland
Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maryland LC#1410


Jennifer Watkinson is an associate professor and program director of Loyola University’s School Counseling Program. Dr. Watkinson’s research examines school counseling leadership and the professional role identity of school counselors. Dr. Watkinson has presented nationally on topics such as visioning in school counseling, advocacy in teacher education and college access. Additionally, Dr. Watkinson works with local school systems to advance the training of practicing school counselors in the area of school counseling leadership and accountability. Prior to coming to Loyola, Dr. Watkinson has served as an elementary school counselor in Harford County Public Schools where was involved in county-wide service such as mentoring and curriculum design.

Research Interests

Teaching and research interests include leadership in school counseling, systemic thinking applied to school counseling program implementation and an ecological approach to fostering social emotional development in children and adolescents.

Professional Activities/Society Memberships

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)