Dr. Jennifer Parzych
Dr. Jennifer Parzych joins Southern and the School of Education community as an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology department. Her focus is on counselor preparation, specifically school counselors. Dr. Parzych earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Connecticut, her M. S. in School Counseling from Central Connecticut State University, and B. A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a state certified school counselor, and spent the first fifteen years of her career as a high school and middle school counselor in Connecticut. Prior to coming to SCSU, Dr. Parzych was an assistant professor at Mercy College in New York.
Dr. Parzych is actively involved in statewide efforts to develop and advocate for K – 12 comprehensive school counseling programs which enhance student success. With an emphasis on college and career readiness for all students, ensuring equity and providing access to post-secondary opportunities is what drives her work. She regularly presents at national, regional and state conferences, and provides service to the community through professional development for district departments on evidence-based school counseling.
As a leader, Dr. Parzych has served the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) as President, Vice President for Middle-Level School Counseling, Conference Chair, and currently is a member of the Government Relations Committee. She has represented Connecticut as a voting delegate to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She has provided testimony on the mental health needs of students at the 2013 public hearing of the Legislative Sandy Hook Task Force – Mental Health Services Working Group Hearing. Dr. Parzych is an invited team member of the White House Convening, as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative focusing on improving school counseling programs to increase college access and opportunity. She is also a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Taskforce for revising the state model for comprehensive school counseling.
Dr. Parzych’s research interests include school counselor preparation, and advocacy for K-12 comprehensive school counseling programs. She has taught courses in professional orientation to school counseling, college admissions counseling, counseling theories and practices, group counseling, assessment in counseling, practicum and internship. Dr. Parzych currently teaches counseling procedures with children, consultation, practicum and internship.