J. Richelle Joe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Counselor Education

Office: ED 322T

Phone: 407-823-4752


Professional Summary

Dr. J. Richelle Joe is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has served as a professional school counselor in Virginia and is a Board Certified Counselor. Her research focuses on culturally responsive services for underserved and marginalized clients and communities, and specifically includes an emphasis on effective school-family relationships, the experiences of individuals of color, and the mental health needs of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. At UCF she leads H.E.A.R.T., the HIV Education, Awareness, and Research Team and is involved with student organizations, such as the Holmes Scholars Program. Additionally, Dr. Joe is active in multiple professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the National Board for Certified Counselors, and the Association for Moral Education.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
The College of William & Mary

Areas of Expertise

  • School Counseling
  • Counselor Education
  • Counseling Diverse Populations

Research Interests

  • Culturally responsive counseling services for diverse and underserved populations
  • Addressing HIV prevention and HIV/AIDS in counseling and counselor education
  • Effective school-family-community partnerships

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Leader, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2017)
  • Post-graduate Award for Excellence, The College of William & Mary, School of Education (2015)
  • Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar (2012-2015)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellow (2013-2014)

Recent Publications

Joe, J. R., Shillingford, M. A., & Oh, S. (2019). The Experiences of African American mothers raising sons in the context of #BlackLivesMatter. The Professional Counselor, 9(1), 67-79. doi:10.15241/jrj.9.1.67

Joe, J. R., Heard, N. J., & Yurcisin, K. (2018) Entering the discomfort zone: Counseling students’ perspectives on counseling clients with HIV/AIDS. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 41(4), 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10447-018-9340-4

Joe, J. R. (2018) Counseling to end an epidemic: Revisiting the ethics of HIV/AIDS. Journal of Counseling and Development, 96(2), 197-205. doi:10.1002/jcad.12192

Joe, J. R., & Foster, V. A. (2017). Moral development, HIV/AIDS knowledge, and attitude toward HIV/AIDS among counseling students in the United States. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. doi:10.1007/s10447-017-9299-6

Joe, J. R., & Harris, P. N. (2016) Family matters: An investigation of family coursework in school counseling programs. Journal of School Counseling, 14(11). Retrieved from www.jsc.montana.edu

Belser, C. T., Shillingford, M. A., & Joe, J. R. (2016). The ASCA model and MTSS: A framework to support students of color with problem behavior. The Professional Counselor, 6(3), 255-261. doi:10.15241/cb.6.3.251

McAdams, C. R., Foster, V. A., Avadhanam, R., Harris, P. N., Javaheri, A., Kim, S., Kooyman, B. A., Joe, J. R., Sheffield, R. L., & Williams, A. E. (2016). The viability of structural family therapy in the 21st century: An analysis of key indicators. Contemporary Family Therapy, 38, 255-261. doi:10.1007/s10591-016-9383-9

Current Funded Projects

Shillingford, M.A., Joe, J. R., Co-investigator, & Oh, S. (2016-2017). Exploring the physical and mental health of African American mothers raising boys and young men. University of Central Florida, Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute, $7200 (funded).

Joe, J. R., Principal Investigator, & Butler, S. K., Co-Principal Investigator (2016-2018). HIV prevention among young African American men how have sex with men: An exploration of protective factors. University of Central Florida, Office of Research and Commercialization Internal Grant, $7500 (funded)

Professional Organizations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Association for Moral Education
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