Dr. Jose Villalba

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer / Professor

Email Address: villalja@wfu.edu

Mailing Address: Department of Counseling, Box 7406, WFU, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Faculty member at Wake Forest University since 2011


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ed.S. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 1993

Research and Special Interests:

  • Health disparities in Latino adolescents; Multicultural considerations on counseling and counselor education; school counseling and diverse populations; and college access of Latino adolescents and their families.

Awards (selected):

  • Humanities Scholar, The North Carolina Museum of History, in relation to the Al Norte Al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina exhibit. 2012.
  • The UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for Untenured Faculty, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007.
  • Recognition of Service Award, Indiana Counseling Association, 2003

Professional Service (selected):

  • Associate Editor, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2008-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 2008-present

Counseling Experience:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Health Center, 2012-2013
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Family Solutions, LLC, 2012
  • School Counseling consultant, High School, 2000-2001
  • School Counselor, Elementary School, 1996-1999

Professional Licensure and Memberships (selected):

  • NC DPI, K-12 licensed school counselor
  • NBCC, National Certified Counselor
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Specialist in Group Work
  • Counselors for Social Justice
  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
  • Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Recent Publications (Selected):

  • Gonzalez, L., & Villalba, J. A. (2018). Initial evaluation of a Latino parent college planning program: It changed my life and my child’s life. School Community Journal, 28, 145-165.
  • Wester, K. L., Ivers, N., Villalba, J. A., Trepal, H., & Henson, R. (2016). The relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal ideation. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 3-12.
  • Ivers, N. N., & Villalba, J. A. (2015). The effect of bilingualism on self-perceived multicultural counseling competence. The Professional Counselor, 5, 419-430.
  • Gonzalez, L., Villalba, J. A., & Borders, L. D. (2015). Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and their children: Reflections on the path to college. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 2, 122-139.
  • Xin, H., Aronson, R. E., Lovelace, K. A., Strack, R. W., & Villalba, J. A. (2014). Vietnamese refugees perspectives on their community’s resilience in the event of a natural disaster. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32, 508-531.
  • Hines, E., Gonzalez, L., Borders, L. D., Villalba, J. A., & Henderson, A. (2014). Parent involvement in college planning: Cultural considerations when working with African American families. Journal for Multicultural Education, 8, 249-260.
  • Hall, D., Wilkerson, J., Lovato, J., Sink, K., Chamberlain, D., Alli, R., Clarke, P., Rogers, S., Villalba, J., Williams, J., Shaw, E. (2014)  Variables Associated with High Caregiver Stress in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease: Implication for Providers in a  Co-Located Memory Assessment Clinic. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(2),145-159
  • Clarke, Philip B., Shaw, Edward G., Villalba, Jose A., Alli, Rabeena., Sink, Kaycee M. (2013) Therapeutic Interactions to Enhance the Mental Health and Wellness of Dementia Caregivers and Patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39 (11),7-10.
  • Borders, L. D., Young, J. S., Wester, K. L., Murray, C. E., Villalba, J. A., Lewis, T. F., & Mobley, A. K. (2011). Mentoring promotion/tenure-seeking faculty: Principles of good practice within a counselor education program. Counselor Education and Supervision, 50, 171-188.
  • Myers, J. E., Willse, J. T., & Villalba, J. A. (2011). Promoting self-esteem in adolescents: The influence of wellness factors. Journal of Counseling and Development. 89, 28-36.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2011). The impressions of school nurses and school counselors related to health disparities of Latina/o students in rural, emerging Latino communities. Hispanic Healthcare International, 9, 32-40.
  • Shattell, M., Quinlan-Colwell, A., Villalba, J., Ivers, N., & Mails, M. (2010). A cognitive behavioral group therapy intervention with depressed Spanish-speaking Mexican women living in an emerging immigrant community in the United States. Advances for Nursing Science, 33, 158-169.
  • Villalba, J. A., Ivers, N. N, & Bartley Ohlms, A. (2010). Cuento group work in emerging rural Latino communities: Promoting personal-social development of Latina/o middle school students of Mexican heritage. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35, 23-43.

Recent Presentations (selected):

  • Villalba, J. A. (2014, September). The long-lasting effects of educational disparities on immigrant youth and families: What K-12 educators can do in spite of limited resources. Presentation to the school administrators in Guildford County Schools, as part of the Equity Wednesday’s program.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2012, October). Latinos in North Carolina: Handling the realities, challenges, and opportunities of life in the Tar Heel State. Presentation at the North Carolina Museum of History, as part of their Al Norte Al Norte temporary exhibit. Raleigh, NC.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2011). Preparandose para la Universdida/Getting ready for College. Panel presented to Latina/o students and parents at Statesville High School. Statesville, NC.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2009). Health disparities in Latina/o youth living in rural emerging Latino communities: Impressions from school health service providers. 6th Annual Latino Health Symposium: Focus on the Family (Greensboro AHEC). Greensboro, NC.
  • Shattell, M., Villalba, J. A., & Stokes, N. (2008). Mental health needs for Latinas: A community-based participatory research project. Southern Nursing Research Society. Birmingham, AL.
  • Villalba, J. A. (2008). Students services personnel working with immigrant students: The role of school counsellors and school nurses in addressing Latin American immigrant student health disparities in school settings. International Conference on Education, Innovation, and Research. Madrid, Spain.


  • Co-Principal investigators, Gonzales, L., & Villalba, J. A. “The Latino-Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC program). Funded at $102,371 by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. 8/1/2014-7/30/2017.
  • Co-Principal investigators, Villalba, J. A., Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., & Hines, E. M., “Who are our children and where are they going?  A career and post-secondary planning guide for parents and family members.” Funded at $43,978.23. Subcontract grant from the College Foundation of North Carolina as part of a U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant. 5/15/2011 – 8/14/2011.
  • Principal investigator, Addressing rural Latina/o adolescent health disparities through school nursing and school counseling services pilot study, $178,253 requested. Part of: Wallace, Debra C. (PI). TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. 1P20MD002289-01, NCMHD/NIH, 10/1/2007-9/30/2012, $6,589,787.


  • Enjoy spending time with my wife, Rachel, and children, Jacob, Celia, and Alex at parks, zoos, movies, and other things that families with little ones do. Also enjoy watching movies and going to concerts when time permits, which doesn’t happen that often.