Jennifer D. Deaton, Ph.D., LCMHC

Counseling and Educational Development (CED) Department 

Jennifer Deaton headshot

Assistant Professor
Office: Curry Building, Room 219A

Research Interest

  • Posttraumatic growth
  • vicarious posttraumatic growth
  • trauma
  • assessment in counseling
  • program evaluation
  • research identity development

Visit Dr. Deaton’s research site M.O.R.E. Research Team


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina
  • M.Ed., Counseling and Development, Winthrop University
  • B.A., Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina


  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPC Equivalent)
  • National Certified Counselor


Dr. Jennifer Deaton seeks to cultivate trauma-informed environments by humanizing mental health in both community and educational settings. She aims to drive interdisciplinary collaboration in areas of trauma-informed care, posttraumatic growth, and vicarious posttraumatic growth with methodology expertise in program evaluation and instrument development. Through her research, she aspires to extend a trauma-informed lens to K-12 educational institutions. Dr. Deaton has served as an evaluator for externally funded research and evaluation projects, including university-based teacher induction programs. As a counselor educator, Dr. Deaton facilitates culturally responsive pedagogy that builds self-awareness, fosters a multicultural lens, and promotes evidenced-based practitioners.

Link to Dr. Deaton‘s CV


Wymer, B., Guest, J., Deaton, J., Newton, T., Limberg, D., Ohrt, J. (In Press). Supervision and secondary trauma experiences when treating child sexual trauma. The Clinical Supervisor.

Ohrt, J., Deaton, J., Linich, K., Guest, J., Wymer, B., & Sandonato, B. (2020). Teacher training in K-12 student mental health: A systematic review. Psychology in the Schools. doi:10.1002/pits.22356

Deaton, J., Ohrt, J. (2019). Integration of expressive techniques in multisystemic therapy with at-risk adolescents: A retrospective case analysis. The Family Journal, 27(1), 92-99. doi: 10.1177/1066480718819873

Ohrt, J., Wymer, B., Guest, J., Limberg, D., Carlson, R., Deaton, J. (2019). Counselor preparation for working with at-risk youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 5(2), 113-129. doi: 10.1080/23727810.2019.1586417

Haber, R., Deaton, J. (2019). Facilitating an experiential group in an educational environment: Managing dual relationships. The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 69. doi: 10.1080/00207284.2019.1656078