Pearson Named Editor of Journal of Mental Health Counseling

Oct. 28, 2010


By Lucy Berry

FLORENCE, Ala. – A University of North Alabama faculty member was recently appointed editor of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, a quarterly publication that focuses on clinical studies and counseling practices for members of the American MentalHealth Counselors Association.

Dr. Quinn Pearson, a licensed professional counselor and UNA professor of counselor education, was named editor after working on the journal’s editorial board from 2002 to 2008. She will begin her three-year position in July 2011.

“Dr. Pearson is an excellent choice to serve as editor for this important national journal,” said Dr. Paul Baird, chair of the UNA Department of Counselor Education. “Furthermore, her selection is a tribute to the high quality of Dr. Pearson’s scholarship andto her expertise as a counselor educator. This is an uncommon opportunity for a university that is not a doctoral, research institution.”

Pearson was selected for the position after competing with a small pool of qualified applicants across the country that had either served as an associate editor for the journal or had equivalent editorial experience.

As editor, Pearson will organize the peer review process, manage correspondence, edit submissions, supervise the editorial board, give feedback to authors and perform other tasks. The journal is published four times a year and focuses on topics such as theory,practice, research and professional exchange from authors nationally and internationally.

“I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to impact the professional literature in the mental health counseling field and to be involved at a higher level,” Pearson said.

For more information, contact Pearson at 256-765-4643 or qmpearson@una.edu or the UNA College of Education at 256-765-4763.