Clinical Program Manager

Faculty member at Wake Forest University since July 2012

Dr. Carla Emerson

Mailing Address: WFU Department of Counseling, Box 7406, Winston-Salem, NC 27109


Office Phone:  336-758-3370


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro, 2010
  • Ed.S in School Counseling, UNC-Greensboro, 2006
  • M.S. in Community Counseling, UNC-Greensboro, 2006
  • B.S. in Psychology, Guilford College, 2000

Research and Special Interests:

  • Counselor professional identity development; public perceptions of the Counseling profession; integrative behavioral health

Awards (selected):

  • Outstanding Doctoral Level Student Award, 2008
  • Doctoral Cohort Award, 2008
  • Chapter Outstanding Entry Level Student Award, 2005
  • Marian Pope Franklin Award, UNCG, 2005

Counseling Experience:

  • Clinical mental health counseling with adolescents and their families in residential treatment and inpatient psychiatric settings; school counselor at a rural elementary school.

Professional Licensure and Memberships (selected):

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • Licensed School Counselor
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)

Presentations (selected):

  • Rogers, J.L., Binkley, E., Warden, S. P., Cashwell, T. H., Emerson, C. H., & Forti, A. (2016, February). Rethinking clinical supervision: A fresh look at common challenges.  All-day pre-conference training at the North Carolina Counseling Association’s annual conference.  Greensboro, NC.
  • Warden, S. P., Emerson, C. H., & Rogers, J. L. (2015, February). Enhancing your vision for site supervision. 50-minute presentation at the North Carolina Counseling Association’s annual conference. Greensboro, NC.
  • Emerson, C., Robinson, H. (October 2014) Enhancing Professional Identity: Service Learning as a Catalyst for Professional Orientation. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision conference, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Rogers, J.L., Cashwell, T., Emerson, C., Forti, A., Warden, S. (October 2014) Leaning In Without Losing Balance. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision conferrence, Birmingham, AL.
  • Emerson, C. H., (2011, October). Research instrument construction and validation. ACES Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Emerson, C. H., & Paredes, M. B. (2010, October). Construction and validation of research instruments. SACES Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Emerson, C. H. (2009, October). Counselor professional identity: Defining and measuring a nebulous concept. ACES Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Emerson, C. H., & Hall-Renn, K. E. (2008, October). Voices of professional identity. SACES Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • MacDonald, C., Emerson, C. H., Wester, K. L., & Hall-Renn, K. E. (2007, March). The development of professional identity among entry-level students: A longitudinal pilot study. ACA Conference, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Hall-Renn, K. E., & Emerson, C. H. (2006, September). Identity crisis: Is professional identity being cultivated in counselors in training? SACES Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Wester, K. L., Hall, K. E., Emerson, C. H., Seaman, M., & Weaver, E. (2005, October). Professional identity of counselor trainees. ACES Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Hall, K. E., Emerson, C. H., & Wester, K. L. (2005, April). Incoming students’ perceptions of professional counseling: Who are we and why are we here? ACA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.