Shenika J. Jones, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and director of the Professional School Counseling Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Jones earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research and teaching interests include multicultural competency, social justice advocacy, and counseling children and adolescents. She is a licensed school counselor with extensive practice in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Most of her experience has been in school settings. Although, she has also served as a clinical counselor in private practice and hospital settings in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Jones is the incoming president of the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA).