Margaret Lamar, PhD

Margaret Lamar


Associate Professor; Associate Department Chair of the PhD Program in Counselor Education and Supervision

Contact Information:

Faculty Status:

Core Faculty




PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado (2013)
M.Ed., Counseling, University of North Texas (2009)
B.F.A., Music/Theater, University of North Texas (2003)


Dr. Margaret Lamar is a board-certified, licensed professional counselor with a background in university and clinical mental health counseling. Her research is in the areas of maternal mental health, parental mental health, alcohol, and substance use during COVID-19, and research education in counselor education. She has several publications in this area and has been interviewed by various outlets, such as Counseling Today and The Thoughtful Counselor. Dr. Lamar is the current past-president of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Areas of Interest:

Research Education; Researcher Development; Ethics; Professional Identity; Career; Theory; Master’s/Doctoral Research

Talks and Lectures:

Podcast Interviews with Dr. Lamar:

Lamar, M. R., Speciale, M., Forbes, (2021). Parenting in a pandemic: New research on the impact of COVID-19 on parent’s mental health. Accepted for presentation for the American Counseling Association National Conference.

Lamar, M. R., Forbes, L. K., & Donovan, C. (2021). Counseling Moms in a Challenging Social Environment: New Findings and Best Practices. Accepted for presentation for the American Counseling Association National Conference.

O’Brien, S., Donovan, C., Forbes, L., & Lamar, M. R. (February 2021). Analysis of the Intensive Parenting Questionnaire Using Rasch Modeling. Poster accepted for presentation to the
International Objective Measurement Workshop, Virtual.

Lamar, M. R., Speciale, M., & Dennis, F.* (2019). Research Mentoring in Master’s Only Programs: Unique Challenges and Opportunities. Accepted for presentation at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Lamar, M. R., Chen, S., Sheperis, D., Speciale, M., & Dennis, F.* (2019). Creating Research Mentoring Opportunities that Excite Master’s Counseling Students. Submitted for presentation at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling National Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Lamar, M. R., & Forbes, L. K. (2018). Addressing Gender Role Oppression, Career Barriers, and the

Mental Health Needs of Working Mothers in an Intensive Mothering Culture. Accepted for presentation at the 35th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable Conference, New York, NY.


Selected Publications:

Lamar, M. R., Speciale, M., Forbes, L. K., Donovan, C. (2021). The mental health of U.S. parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 43(4): 319-335.

Forbes, L. K., Lamar, M. R., Speciale, M., & Donovan, C. (2021). Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting attitudes during COVID-19. Current Psychology, 1-10.

Forbes, L. K., Donovan, C., & Lamar, M. R. (2020). Differences in Intensive Parenting Attitudes
and Gender Norms Among US Mothers. The Family Journal, 28(1), 63-71. doi:1066480719893964.

Lamar, M. R., & Forbes, L. K. (2020). A Phenomenological Investigation into the Role of Intensive Mothering in Working Mothers’ Career Experiences. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy. doi: 10.1080/2336716X.2020.1753596

Lamar, M. R., Clemens, E. V., & Dunbar, A. S. (2019). Promoting Doctoral Student Researcher Development Through Positive Research Training Environments Using Self-Concept Theory. The Professional Counselor, 9(4), 298-309.

Lamar, M. R. & Helm, H. (2017). Researcher Identity Development in Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Students. Counselor Education and Supervision, 56(1).
Sheperis, D. S., Ordway, A., & Lamar, M. R. (2020). Legal and Ethical Challenges in Online Counselor Education. The Professional Counselor, 10(1). doi:10.15241/dss.10.1.106

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