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Christine Schimmel, EdD, NCC, LPC

Program Coordinator - Counseling


Professional Highlights

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in WV
  • Co-investigator with Mountaineer School-Based Mental Health Fellows Program
  • Co-investigator with WVU's Youth Mental Health First Aide in WV Public Schools Program


  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction (School Counseling), Marshall University
  • M.A., School Counseling, West Virginia University
  • B.A., Education, Glenville State University


  • Two Time WV School Counselor Educator of the Year - WV School Counselor Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Group Counseling
  • Rural School Counseling
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

Research Interests

  • Children & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Rural School Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Creative Counseling with Youth


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, WV)

Committees and Memberships

  • WVU Faculty Ombudsperson
  • Reviewer, Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Christine J. Schimmel is a Professor and Program coordinator in the School of Counseling & Well-Being at West Virginia University. She specifically focuses her energies working with and training pre-service school counselors. In that role, Dr. Schimmel provides supervision to students in field experiences. A former school counselor herself, Dr. Schimmel has spent the last 25 years providing staff development and conference workshops on topics relevant to school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and teachers. She has presented on topics such as Impact Therapy, creative counseling techniques, counseling theory, dealing with students who exhibit problematic behaviors, growth mindset, protective factors, and group counseling. Dr. Schimmel has published numerous articles, books, book chapters, and monographs on these subjects as well. Along with her colleague, Dr. Ed Jacobs, they have published one of the most widely used Group Counseling textbooks on the market, Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills which is now in its 9th edition. In July of 2023, her textbook with co-editor Dr. Ann Vernon, Counseling Children & Adolescents (6th ed.), was released. It is currently Cognella’s number one selling textbook. Here most recent texts, A School Counselor’s Guide to Small Groups (2022, 2nd ed.) and Applying Neuroscience to Counseling Children & Adolescents: A Guide to Brain Based Experiential Interventions were also recently released by Cognella.