Faculty & Staff


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jill_headshot.jpgDr. Jill Van Horne
  • 8282622590
  • 336B College of Education
  • vanhornejw@appstate.edu
  • PhD, LCMHCS, NCC, RPT, EAGALA Certified
  • Jill W. Van Horne PhD, (LCMHCS, NCPSC, NCC, RPTS, EAGALA certified)- is Director of the Professional School Counseling Program and Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University.  She has over 20 years of school counseling and clinical mental health experience. She works primarily with children and adolescents. Her professional interests include incorporating sensory and experiential approaches in her work and extending dialogue between professional school counseling and clinical mental health disciplines. She is a board member of the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy as well as a member of the Board of Governors for the European Branch of the American Counseling Association. 
gjohnsonimg_5132_1.jpgDr. Glenda Johnson
  • 8282626051
  • 336E College of Education
  • johnsong@appstate.edu 
  • PhD, LCMHC
  • Glenda S. Johnson, PhD, LCMHC, NCSC is an Assistant Professor in the professional school counseling (PSC) program. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2012 from Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX). In 1997, she earned a Masters of Arts in counseling from Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black college and university (HBCU). She has worked as a school counselor for 17 years, a teacher of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for 7 years, and a part-time licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) for 3.5 years all in the state of Texas. Her research interests include the counseling needs of students who are at-risk of dropping out of high school, students living in poverty, students’ college and career readiness, and the mentoring needs of novice school counselors.
dr._purgason_headshot.pngDr. Lucy L. Purgason
  • 8282628376
  • 314B College of Education
  • purgasonll@appstate.edu
  • Lucy L. Purgason, PhD, LSC, ACS, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the HPC department. She earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2013 and also received her Master's and Education Specialist degrees in School Counseling from UNCG (2005). She has worked as a professional school counselor for five years in North Carolina and Virginia and is licensed in the state of Washington. During her time in the field, she gained experience in rural and urban settings including Title I schools and a school for newcomer immigrant and refugee students. Her research interests include understanding the importance of both online and offline relationships for immigrant and refugee students and students of other underrepresented groups, in both K-12 and higher education settings. In addition, she also pursues scholarship related to mentoring and supervision, with a specific emphasis on relational-cultural approaches.