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Rita Schellenberg, Ph.D.

Rita SchellenbergDepartment Chair-Residential, School Counseling



  • Ph.D., Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M. Ed., The College of William and Mary, School Counseling


Dr. Schellenberg was named Outstanding Graduate in her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program. She served twelve years in elementary and secondary school counseling during which time she was named one of the top 15 school counselors in the nation by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Her research interests include bullying, peer mediation, curriculum crosswalking, school counselor identity development, and the integration of spiritual and religious competencies in school counseling.

Dr. Schellenberg has published multiple peer-reviewed books. Her research has been published in several counseling and school counseling peer-reviewed journals, including Professional School Counseling.

She has presented research findings at several national conferences, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American School Counselor Association, Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, and National Bully Prevention Conference. She also presents regularly at the regional and state levels at conferences such as the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Counseling Association, the Virginia School Counselor Association, and the Virginia Alliance for School Counselors.

Dr. Schellenberg is a licensed professional counselor (LPC-Virginia), national certified counselor (NCC), national certified school counselor (NCSC), certified clinical mental health counselor (CCMHC), approved clinical supervisor (ACS), and distance credentialed counselor (DCC). She is also certified by ASCA as a School Counseling Ethical and Legal Specialist and a Bully Prevention Specialist.

Dr. Schellenberg is a member of many professional organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and Virginia Alliance for School Counselors (VASC).