Dr. Anna K. Owens earned a doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University, a CACREP accredited program in Counselor Education and Supervision. She possesses a concentration of knowledge in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health, while developing a strong research focus in evidenced-based social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions. As an experienced certified school counselor, ESOL director, counselor in private practice, and adjunct instructor; Dr. Owens has worked in diverse settings with thousands of students, educators, and various educational stakeholders. As president and past-president of the Chi Sigma Iota Beta Rho Chapter, she understands the dynamics required for effective leadership specifically within the academic setting. With a steady commitment to the profession of counseling made evident by research efforts, continued leadership in counseling organizations, and generating new scholarship; she attends professional counseling conferences regularly and engages in leading scholarly presentations. Dr. Owens holds leadership positions within International Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC), Florida School Counseling Association (FSCA), Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC), and the Mental Health Counselors Associations of Palm Beach (MHCAPB). In addition, Dr. Owens serves as an appointed member of the Education Task Force committee for the City of Boca Raton and enjoys volunteer work for a nonprofit woman’s organization within the community. These various leadership roles foster the opportunity to merge a passion for teaching and supervision with personal interest in critical inquiry into counseling research.