Maggie Parker

Maggie Parker
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development

Maggie Parker is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development at George Washington University. Her research agenda focuses on the mental health needs of children and adolescents and developmental approaches to counseling. She is interesting in exploring the provision of play therapy services within school settings, and teaching play therapy skills to teachers and parents. Dr. Parker is also interested in exploring trauma, diversity, and expressive arts with children and adolescents.

Dr. Parker provided counseling services within diverse settings, including community mental health centers, juvenile detention centers, pre-schools, high schools, and elementary schools. She held several leadership positions within state and national associations. She hopes her research can help practitioners and scholars understand mental health needs of youth and enable greater access to counseling services for underrepresented students. Dr. Parker received her undergraduate degree from University of Richmond, her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Methodist University, and her PhD in Counselor Education, specializing in school counseling and diversity, from University of North Texas. She is a Registered Play Therapist, a Child Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and was a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in both Texas and Mississippi.