LaShauna Dean is an Associate Professor and the Director of Masters Programs in the Department of Counseling at University of the Cumberlands. Dr. Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Masters Addiction Counselor. Dr. Dean has also worked in the field of mental health counseling for over eight years in a variety of roles specializing in substance abuse, mental health disorders, and trauma. 

Dr. Dean’s research agenda and passions center on the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, social justice, and implicit bias. She was recently awarded the 2020 Social Justice Award by the North Atlantic Region ACES. She regularly presents on a variety of topics for K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators including implicit bias, microaggressions, assertive communication strategies, classroom management strategies, stress management, addressing mental health problems in schools, communicating across multigenerational workforces, cross-cultural communication tools, and many more.  

Dr. Dean enjoys spending time with her Lhasapoo Stella, listening to podcasts and books, and traveling. 

PhD Counselor Education and Supervision, Old Dominion University, 2013
MA Community Counseling, Regent University, 2008
BA Psychology, Virginia Wesleyan University, 2004

Publications (Refereed)
Dean, L. (2019). Dissociative disorders and somatic symptom and related disorders. In Treating
Those with Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach to Case Conceptualization and Treatment (2nd Ed.), pp. 462–491). United States: Pearson.

Dean, L. (2017). Synthetic drugs: What school and mental health counselors need to know. In P. S.
Lassiter & T. J. Buser (Eds.), Annual Review of Addictions and Offender Counseling (v. 3), (pp. 7- 21). Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Dean, L. (2020, June). Impact of Cannabis legalization on counselors. New Jersey Counseling Association,
(NJCA) Annual Conference, virtual.

Dean, L. (2019, October). The impact of Cannabis legalization on the addictions course. Association
for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Seattle, W.A. Accepted: 50- minute Education Session.  

Vincenzes, K., Drew, M., Dean., L., & Hinkle, M. (2019, October). Building community and
maximizing student success: Perspectives from counselor educators in traditional, online, and hybrid counselor education programs. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Seattle, W.A. Accepted: 90- minute Education Session.  

Dean, L., Drew, M. J., Decker, K. M., Hinkle, M. (2018, April). Addiction in the schools: Improving
training for school counselors. American Counseling Association (ACA), Atlanta, GA.

  • Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Addiction