Dr. Nikki Elston

Assistant Teaching Professor

Professor Elston at Wake Forest University

Phone: (336) 758-2458

Email Address: elstonnc@wfu.edu

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

Faculty member at Wake Forest University since 2018

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice, Georgia State University, 2018
  • M.S. in College Student Development, St. Cloud State University, 2003
  • B.S.B.A. in Marketing, University of West Florida, 2000

Research and Special Interests:

  • Counseling student development and skill preparation, suicide intervention training, college student development.

Awards/Honors (selected):

  • Outstanding Service to Chapter, Chi Sigma Iota – International Award, 2018
  • Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, Georgia State University, 2018
  • Dean’s Excellence Award in Counselor Education & Practice, in Memory of Mary Jane Phillips, 2017
  • Outstanding Chapter Award – Large Chapter, Chi-Epsilon, Chi Sigma Iota International, 2016-2017

 Counseling Experience:

  • I have experience working in institutions of higher education and community agencies.  In the university setting I have counseled undergraduate and graduate students dealing with myriad issues.  As a counselor in a community agency I have worked with individuals dealing with chronic health issues, homelessness, gender identity issues, and substance use disorders.

Professional Licensure and Memberships (selected):

  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
  • Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education Supervision (SACES)
  • American Association for Suicidology (AAS)
  • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)

Recent Publications (Selected):

  • Shannonhouse, L., Elston, N., Lin, Y-W., Mize, M.C., Rumsey, A., Rice, R., Wanna, R., Porter, M. (September 2018). Suicide Intervention Training for Counselor-trainees: Quasi-Experimental Study on Skill Retention. Counselor Education and Supervision, 57(3), 194-210.
  • Rumsey, A.D., Golubovic, N., Elston, N., Chang, C., Dixon, A., & Guvansel, K. (2017).  Addressing the social and emotional needs of refugee adolescents in schools: Learning from the experiences of school counselors.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. Published online.
  • Elston, N., Rumsey, A., Shannonhouse, L., & Mize, M.C. (in preparation) Suicide intervention training for counselor trainees: A content analysis study.
  • Shannonhouse, L., Elston, N., Rumsey, A., Mize, M.C., & Lin, Y. D.  (in preparation).  Suicide training in counselor preparation: Behavioral observations of counselor trainees’ suicide intervention skills.

Recent presentations (selected):

  • Elston, N., Gilbride, D., & Shannonhouse, L. (2018, October).  Supervisors, are your supervisees ready to intervene with clients at risk of suicide.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Rumsey, A., Elston, N., Moh, Y. (2018, October). The Do’s and Dont’s of Collaboration: Lessons learned as Doc Students and New ProfessionalsSouthern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Shannonhouse, L., Elston, N., Mize, M.C., & Rumsey, A. (2018, October).  Using Standardized Role-Play to Evaluate Counselor Trainee Suicide Intervention Skill Acquisition.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Elston, N., Rumsey, A., Mize, M.C., & Grad, R. (2018, September). Evaluating Self-Reported Counseling Skills Used During the First Fieldwork Experience.  Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Richmond, VA.
  • Shannonhouse, L., Elston, N., Mize, M.C., & Rumsey, A. (2018, September). Evaluating Suicide Intervention Skills Acquisition through Behavioral Observations: a Quasi-Experimental Study.  Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Richmond, VA.
  • Grad, R.  & Elston, N. (2018, February).  Self-Care in the Counseling Profession: The Benefit of Connecting with Others.  Association for Specialists in Group Work, National Conference, Savannah, GA.

Personal:

  • I love spending time outside, nature is my happy place.  My current exercise craze is spinning, several years ago it was marathons and triathlons. Endurance sports are my jam. If I’m not outside you can find me baking something that’s high in calories and made of butter and chocolate.