Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity OfficerProfessor

Faculty member at Wake Forest University since 2011

Email Address:

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


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ed.S. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 1993

Research and Special Interests:

  • Health disparities in Latino adolescents; Multicultural considerations on counseling and counselor education; school counseling and diverse populations; and college access of Latino adolescents and their families.

Awards (selected):

  • The UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for Untenured Faculty, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007.
  • Recognition of Service Award, Indiana Counseling Association, 2003

Professional Service (selected):

  • Senior Associate Editor – Journal for Specialist in Group Work, January 2018 to present.
  • Chair – American Counseling Association Foundation, July 2014-July 2015.
  • Member – American Counseling Association Foundation, September 2012 to June 2015.
  • Associate Editor – Journal for Specialist in Group Work, July 2008 to 2017.
  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 2008-present.

Counseling Experience:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Health Center, Department of Gerontology, Memory Counseling Program, August 2012 to June 2013.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Family Solutions, LLC, January to June 2012.
  • School Counseling consultant, High School, 2000-2001.
  • School Counselor, Elementary School, 1996-1999.

Professional Licensure and Memberships:

  • North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor – License number 8875
  • North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction – K-12 School Counseling License
  • NBCC, National Certified Counselor
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Specialist in Group Work
  •  Counselors for Social Justice
  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
  •  Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Recent Publications (Selected):

  • Gonzalez, L., & Villalba, J. A. (2018). Initial evaluation of a Latino parent college planning program: It changed my life and my child’s life. School Community Journal, 28, 145-165.
  • Wester, K. L., Ivers, N., Villalba, J. A., Trepal, H., & Henson, R. (2016). The relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal ideation. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 3-12.
  • Ivers, N. N., & Villalba, J. A. (2015). The effect of bilingualism on self-perceived multicultural counseling competence. The Professional Counselor, 5, 419-430.
  • Gonzalez, L., Villalba, J. A., & Borders, L. D. (2015). Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and their children: Reflections on the path to college. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 2, 122-139.
  • Xin, H., Aronson, R. E., Lovelace, K. A., Strack, R. W., & Villalba, J. A. (2014). Vietnamese refugees perspectives on their community’s resilience in the event of a natural disaster. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32, 508-531.
  • Hines, E., Gonzalez, L., Borders, L. D., Villalba, J. A., & Henderson, A. (2014). Parent involvement in college planning: Cultural considerations when working with African American families. Journal for Multicultural Education, 8, 249-260.
  • Hall, D., Wilkerson, J., Lovato, J., Sink, K., Chamberlain, D., Alli, R., Clarke, P., Rogers, S., Villalba, J. A., Williams, J., & Shaw., E. (2014). Variables associated with high caregiver stress in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease: Implications for medical and mental health providers. Journal for Mental Health Counseling, 36, 145-159.
  • McCarthy, C. J., Falco, L. D., & Villalba, J. A. (2014). Ethical and professional issues in experiential growth groups: Moving forward. Journal for Specialist in Group Work, 39, 186-193.
  • Gladding, S. T., & Villalba, J. A. (2014). Imitation, impersonation, and transformation: The power of role models.  Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 114-121.
  • Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L., Borders, L.D., & Hines, E. (2014). The Latino parents-learning about college (LaP-LAC) program: Educational empowerment of Latino parents through psychoeducational group work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work39, 47-70.

Book Chapters (selected):

  • Villalba, J. A. (2018). Individuals and families of Latino American and Latin Descent. In D. G. Hays & B. T. Erford (Eds.), Developing multicultural counseling competence: A systems approach (3rd Ed; pp. 363-393.). New York, NY: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2015). Multicultural counseling and its multiple applications. In B. T. Erford (Ed.), The counseling internship handbook: Practical application of counseling theory (pp. 170-186). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2014). Individuals and families of Latino heritage. In D. G. Hays & B. T. Erford (Eds.), Developing multicultural counseling competence: A systems approach (2nd Ed; pp. 313-340.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.

Recent Presentations (selected):

  • Gonzalez, L., Villalba, J. A., & Sostaita, D. (2019, February). Building a partnership: The process of campus-community collaboration. Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference. Greensboro, NC.
  • Gonzalez, L. M., & Villalba, J. A. (2018, October). Padres promoviendo preparación: College knowledge and support for Spanish-speaking parents. 2018 Go Alliance Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board. Fairfax, VA.
  • Redmond, S., & Villalba, J. A. (2018, October). Are we as “woke” as we think we are: Exploring counselor education’s multicultural competence. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  •  Villalba, J. A. (2018, March). Influence policy, offer programming, and facilitate practice: It’s what we do. National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.
  •  Villalba, J. A., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2017, April). Sustaining parent support of Latino students’ post-secondary options. Prepárate Conference, The College Board. Orlando, Fl.
  • Villalba, J. A., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2016, April). Latina/o parents promoting their children’s post-high school opportunities. Prepárate Conference, The College Board. New York, NY.
  • Villalba, J. A., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2015, October). Funding a research agenda in counselor education: Ideas for successfully securing grants. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Grant Initiatives (selected):

  • Co-Principal investigators, Gonzales, L., & Villalba, J. A. “The Latino-Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC program). Funded at $102,371 by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. 8/1/2014-7/30/2017.
  • Co-Principal investigators, Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., & Hines, E. M., “Who are our children and where are they going?  A career and post-secondary planning guide for parents and family members.” Funded at $43,978.23. Subcontract grant from the College Foundation of North Carolina as part of a U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant. 5/15/2011 – 8/14/2011.
  • Principal investigator, Villalba, J. A.Addressing rural Latina/o adolescent health disparities through school nursing and school counseling services pilot study. Funded at $178,253. Part of: Wallace, Debra C. (PI). TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. 1P20MD002289-01, NCMHD/NIH. 10/1/2007– 9/30/2012.
  • Principal investigator, Villalba, J. A., The impact of mental and physical health disparities on the education of Latina/o students in rural schools versus Latina/o students in urban schoolsFunded at $17,437. Mentorship grant from the TRIAD Project for Health Disparities, NCMHD/NIH. 1/9/2006 – 7/10/2006.


Enjoy spending time with my wife, Rachel, and children, Jacob, Celia, and Alex at parks, zoos, movies, and other things that families with little ones do. Also enjoy watching movies and going to concerts when time permits, which doesn’t happen that often.