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Margaret Glenn, EdD, CRC



  • PhD, Counseling, George Washington University
  • MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Glenn is currently Professor of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) program at West Virginia University. Since her hire in January 2001, she has served as the coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling program and wrote the standards for the new Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program of study. In addition, she served as chair of the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology from 2002-2012.

Dr. Glenn graduated with a doctorate in counseling from The George Washington University; and master’s of science in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has also been on the faculty of VCU and Montana State University – Billings.

She was recently appointed to a five-year term as a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Her term of service is from 2020-2015.

Dr. Glenn is currently serving as Principal Investigator on a 5-year $2.5 million grant funded by the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Innovative Training program. The project is designed to deliver training to vocational rehabilitation counselors who are hired to work with youth with disabilities (age 14 to 16) in Pre-Employment Training Services. The remote delivery includes online modules, podcasts, skill training using virtual simulation labs with avatars and virtual reality 360 videos.

Dr. Glenn is also directing a project within the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health State Opioid Response Grant Prescriber/Provider Training, Education and Development Implementation. It funded an online continuing education opportunity for counselors, In addition, she provided fellowship funding for students within the counseling program who were engaged in clinical experiences in substance use disorder treatment programs.

In 2012, Dr. Glenn was awarded the Switzer Distinguished Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to conduct a year-long exploratory study of service dog use in the workplace. She received Outstanding Researcher of the Year for the WVU College of Education and Human Services in 2014 for this work.

During this time, she volunteered with the Hearts of Gold program that supports the service dog training program on campus. A side benefit of her work was to be given Lily, a white labradoodle who has served as the college’s visitation dog since 2015.

The US Rehabilitation Services Administration has awarded Dr. Glenn and WVU five RSA Scholars Program grants over the past 17 years. Approximately 175 students have received tuition payments and stipends from the over $3.75 million in funding. The most recent award ended in September 2020.

The Research and Training Center on Substance Abuse, Disability and Employment at Wright State University engaged Dr. Glenn in their research resulting in a number of publications focused on building capacity in vocational rehabilitation agencies to serve people with addictions. They included articles related to policy, readiness of counselors, and models for service delivery. She also prepared a desk reference for rehabilitation counselors disseminated through the state-federal system. Her work in addictions also expanded to problem gambling and employment.

Dr. Glenn developed an interest in expanding our effectiveness as counselors through the use of complementary and alternative healthcare practices. In 2012, she was invited to be a Distinguished Lecturer at South Dakota State University on the topic Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices: Their Role in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. Since then, she has been certified as a health coach, as well as a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor by the Chopra Center.

She has expanded the use of this training to investigate self-care in counseling and graduate students in counseling. She pursued an inquiry of clinical supervisors, asking them what they perceive to be the characteristics found in effective and well-balanced counselors.

When she first arrived in West Virginia, she engaged in addressing the issue of problem gambling. She co-founded the WV Council on Problem Gambling and served as president and member of the board. Dr. Glenn also served as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. She also published on the topics of problem gambling and work as well as vocational rehabilitation.

Prior to academia, Dr. Glenn was Director of Programming for VSA Educational Services in Washington, DC. She was awarded and managed a number of contracts and grants awarded by federal and federal governments, as well as private sponsors. She as Principal Investigator for Discretionary Grant Application Support Services for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services; OSERS; Director of the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Training System Rehabilitation Specialists Program; Principal Investigator for Resources for Respect and Resiliency, a CSAP Communications Campaign; Subcontract Director for Sisters for Life, a CSAP funded prevention program in Washington, DC and Curriculum Specialist for Learning for Life, a CSAP funded prevention program in Nashville, TN; Manager of the CSAP funded Resource Center on Substance Abuse Prevention and Disability; Project Director for Making Healthy Choices, funded by the Nancy Reagan Foundation.

In addition, Dr. Glenn served as a rehabilitation counselor and supervisor for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services; and Director of Homeless Services for Fairfax County’s Alcohol and Drug Services.

Dr. Glenn has served as President and Board member of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education; Secretary of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association; Board member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions; and Board member of the National Council for Problem Gambling. She also founded and served as President of the West Virginia Council for Problem Gambling.