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


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Deaton, J. D., Wymer, B., & Carlson, R. (2021). Supervision strategies to facilitate vicarious post traumatic growth among trauma counselors. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 14(4). Retrieved from

Wymer, B., Guest, J., Deaton, J. D., Newton, T., Limberg, D., & Ohrt, J. (2020). Early career clinicians’ supervision experiences related to secondary traumatic stress when treating child survivors of sexual abuse. The Clinical Supervisor, 39(2), 284-305. doi: 10.1080/07325223.2020.1767253

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