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Jordan Westcott, PhD

Assistant Professor


Jordan was born and raised in Oklahoma, and she was excited to join UT in 2023 after a few years in Virginia. Her research focuses on LGBTQIA+ health across the lifespan and how counselors can address systemic barriers for this population. She lives with her partner (Jess) and their gaggle of cats, who bring joy to their daily lives with the kind of chaos only cats can find. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys exploring local food and restaurants, green space, playing board games, reading, and watching really bad TV.


  • LGBTQIA+ Health Equity
  • Lifespan/Later Life
  • Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling/Advocacy
  • Suicide Prevention


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Virginia Tech, 2023
  • M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Northeastern State University, 2018
  • B.S., Psychology, Northeastern State University, 2016

Professional Service

Select Professional & Community Leadership:

  • Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) Education Committee Co-Chair (2022–present)
  • Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling Editorial Board Member (2022–present)
  • ADULTSPAN Journal Fellow (2022–2023)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Service-Learning Interest Network Co-Chair (2020–2021)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA) Task Force on Professional Advocacy Training Member (2019–2020)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, American Association of Colleges and Universities (2023)
  • Diversity Scholar, Virginia Tech (2021)


Select Recent Publications:

Westcott, J. B., Castagna, N., Baker, M., Musci, J., Gowen, N., Wiley, B., Patterson, A., & Fullen, M. C. (in press). Connecting with clients in later life: The use of telebehavioral health to address older adults’ mental health needs. ADULTSPAN Journal.

Westcott, J. B., Epstein, D., Wiley, B., Westcott, J. M., Welfare, L. E., & Catalano, C. (2023). Collecting sexual orientation in counseling research: Implications for counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision. Advance online publication.

Shaikh, A. N., Westcott, J. B., Franck Love, S., Flynn, L., Chang, C. Y., & Mize, M. C. (2023). Examining help-seeking intentions among Generation Z college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. Advance online publication.

Westcott, J. B. & Grimes, T. O. (2023). Applications of relational-cultural theory for social justice in mental health counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 45(1), 1–19.

Westcott, J. B., Fullen, M. C., & Jordan, J. (2023). Advancing access to Medicare-funded mental health treatment during the opioid epidemic: A counselor advocacy analysis. Journal of Counseling & Development, 101(1), 15–28.

Shannonhouse, L. R., Hong, J., Fullen, M. C., Westcott, J. B., Mingo, C., Mize, M. C., & Love, S. (2022). Racial differences in the relationship between pain and suicide desire in older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.   

Fullen, M. C., Smith, J. S., Clarke, P., Westcott, J. B., McCoy, R., & Tomlin, C. (2022). Holistic wellness coaching for older adults: Preliminary evidence for a novel wellness intervention in senior living communities. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.

Westcott, J. B., Fullen, M. C., Tomlin, C., Eikenberg, K., Delaughter, P. M., Mize, M. C. B., & Shannonhouse, L. R. (2022). “Listen closer”: Home-delivered meal volunteers’ understanding of their role in suicide prevention. Ageing & Society. Advance online publication.

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Contact Information

  • 443 Claxton Education Building; 1122 Volunteer Blvd.; Knoxville, TN 37996