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Joel Diambra

Joel Diambra, EdD, LPC-MHSP-S, NCC

Associate Professor

Biography

I enjoy humor. Perhaps the familiar phrase, laughter is the best medicine is considered cliché, but I experience and utilize the healing power of it daily.

I find camping, hiking, kayak fishing, and motorcycling enjoyable and relaxing.

As a hobby, I like to buy and repair used vehicles (e.g., motorcycles and cars), enjoy them, and trade up, or sell to start a new project.


Research

  • Counselor & Student Development
  • Supervision
  • Group Dynamics

Education

  • EdD, Counseling and Counselor Education, The College of William and Mary, 1997
  • EdS, Counseling and Counselor Education, The College of William and Mary, 1993
  • MEd, School Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989
  • BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1986
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Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017 | Director of Graduate Studies of the Year, University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate
  • 2020-2025 NBCC-Center for Credentialing & Education, Board of Directors - Secretary 

Grants

  • 2020 Spurgeon, S. L., Minton, C. B., Gibbons, M. M., & Diambra, J. F. [invited on as Co-PI after grant awarded] (2020). Ensuring quality training on substance use disorders for counselors-in-training. Grant proposal submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Funded for $199, 703.
  • 2020   One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grant. Discover focused. Using Photovoice to Express and Hear the Experiences and Perspectives of 3 Diverse Student Groups. Emma Burgin, Joel F. Diambra, Caroline Mann, Robert Kronick. $49,140 requested. Not awarded.


Publications

Blueford, J. M., & Diambra, J. F., & Wheat, L. (2021). Counselor preparedness to counsel grieving clients: Insights and implications, Death Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1956644

Stephens, A., Diambra, J. F., Shirley, D., Pollard-Kosidowski, B. (2021). Burnout among new mental health counselors: Applying the Indivisible Self Model of Wellness, The Journal for the Pennsylvania Counseling Association

West, N. B., Diambra, J. F., & Wheat, L. (2021). Developmental networks and interpersonal support of beginning counselors, The Professional Counselor.

Pollard, B. L., Diambra, J. F., Bettge, J. R., & Burd, C. K. (2021). A qualitative exploration of using experiential groups to train future group counselors, Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Diambra, J. F. (2020, May). Navigating the COVID roller coaster. NBCC Visions, https://nbcc.org/resources/nccs/newsletter/navigating-the-covid-roller-coaster?_zs=uSAkD1&_zl=wPll5

Thacker, N., & Diambra, J. F. (2019). Parallel process of professional identity development during clinical supervision: The counselor educator-in-training and counselor-in-training, Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 12(3), Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol12/iss3/6

Banks, B., & Diambra, J. F. (2019). Suicide response preparedness in counseling students: A study of knowledge, attitudes, and simulated behavior. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 12(1). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol12/iss1/3

Diambra, J. F., Zakrzewski, R. F., Cole, K. G., Ingram, A. M., & Basma, D. (2019). Body image discrepancies and college students: A contemporary perspective. Tennessee Counseling Association Journal, (8)1, 18-37. Retrieved from https://tca.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/TCA%20Journal%20Volume%208%202019.%20Final%20Draft.pdf

Simpson, L. R., & Diambra, J. F. (2018). Person-Centered and existential approaches to group counseling and psychotherapy: Theory, techniques, and applications. In B. T. Erford (Ed.) Group work: Processes and applications (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

Luke, C., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). Neuro informed group work. In T. A. Field, L. K. Jones,  & L. A. Russell-Chapin (Eds), Neurocounseling: Brain-based clinical Approaches, (Chapter 11, pp. 181-194). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Luke, C., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). Identity integration via career development Issues: Counseling college sophomores from moros to sophos. Education, 138(1), 363-370.

Presentations

Lazarim, P., & Diambra, J. F. (July, 2021). Intercultural encounter in supervision: Building connections and effective cultural learning. Fifteenth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Washington D.C.  Education Session - Paper Presentation.

West, N., & Diambra, J. F. (November, 2019). Developmental Networks and Interpersonal Support of Beginning Counselors. Tennessee Counseling Association Nashville, TN.

Diambra, J. F., Spurgeon, S. S., Gibbons, M. M., Brott, P., & Wheat, L. (October, 2019). Assessment in Counselor Education: Using Program Dispositions as a Gatekeeping Tool. Seattle, WA.

Diambra, J. F., & Gibbons, M. M. (October, 2019). Crossing the Finish Line: Creative Ways to Support Languishing Doctoral Candidates. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Seattle, WA.

Adams, C., Blueford, J. M., & Diambra, J. F. (March, 2019). Trauma-Informed Application of the Seven-Stage Crisis Model. America Counseling Association, New Orleans, LA.

Shirley, D., & Diambra, J. F. (February, 2019). Navigating the Nuances of Third-Party Payment and Private Pay: HMO or HM-NO? Smoky Mountain Counseling Association, Jefferson City, TN.

West, N., & Diambra, J. F. (2018). Developmental networks and interpersonal support of beginning counselors. Southern Association of Counseling and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Spurgeon, S., & Diambra, J. F. (2018). Using dispositions as a gatekeeping tool. Southern Association of Counseling and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Blueford, J., & Diambra, J. F. (2018). Preparedness for counseling grieving clients: A look into experience from the field. Tennessee Counseling Association, Nashville, TN.

West, N., & Diambra, J. F. (2018). Developmental networks and interpersonal support of beginning counselors. Tennessee Counseling Association, Nashville, TN.

Hinds, A., & Diambra, J. F. (February, 2018). Human sexuality: Educating future counselors. Annual Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change, Savannah, GA.

Diambra, J. F., & Pollard, B. (December, 2017). Human sexuality for counselors-in-training–questions, secrets/fantasies: What should we be teaching? National Sex Education Conference. Atlantic City, NJ.

Pollard, B., & Diambra, J. F. (December, 2017). Transformation: Advocacy in action. National Sex Education Conference. Atlantic City, NJ.

Diambra, J. F., Moralejo, J. Shepard, D., & West, N., (2017). Addressing diversity in clinical supervision. 1st Annual Graduate School of Education (GSE) Open House.

Hinds, A., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). Human sexuality: Educating future counselors. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

Moralejo, J. Shepard, D., West, N., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). Addressing diversity in clinical supervision. 1st Annual Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Awards Breakfast.

Stephens, A., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). Keeping burnout at bay: Preparing new professional counselors for wellness.  Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

Banks, B., & Diambra, J. F. (2017). An exploration of suicide response preparedness in pre- practicum counseling students. America Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.

Joel Diambra

Contact Information

  • 448 Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-8774
  • E-mail: jdiambra@utk.edu