University of Rochester

Guiffrida Receives American Counseling Association Award

April 23, 2007

Douglas Guiffrida, assistant professor, counseling and human development, educational leadership, at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, was awarded the American Counseling Association's Ralph Berdie Memorial Research Award for his research on advancing college retention theory and improving ways in which counselors and other student affairs professionals prepare and support minority college students. He received the award at the recent American Counseling Association's annual convention in Detroit, Mich.

Guiffrida's primary research focuses on understanding the experiences of minority college students to more effectively support and retain them. He is currently researching the efficacy of the cultural/motivational model of student persistence, which he developed, and is developing and researching constructivist methods for teaching counseling theories and supervising counselors in training.

His research has appeared in leading counseling and higher education journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Review of Higher Education, NASPA Journal, Counselor Education and Supervision, and Equity and Excellence in Education. Guiffrida serves as associate editor of the Journal of College Counseling and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association, and NACADA, the journal of the National Academic Advising Association.

The Ralph Berdie Memorial Research Award supports innovative research affecting directional changes in the field of counseling and college student personnel work. Founded in 1952 and now headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the American Counseling Association is the world's largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education, and advocacy services for its more than 45,000 members. For more information about the American Counseling Association, visit

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.