Holly Wagner, Ph.D.


Holly Wagner, PhD, LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy. Dr. Wagner received her bachelor’s degree (Child Development & Family Relations) from the University of Southern Mississippi, master’s degree (School Counseling) from Montana State University, and doctorate (Counselor Education and Counseling) from Idaho State University.

Dr. Wagner’s specialty area is School Counseling, with areas of concentration including Career Development, Human Growth & Development, Helping Relationships, and Professional Orientation & Ethics. Holly is excited to share her knowledge and experience related to counseling, teaching, research, and supervision with UMSL’s master’s and doctoral counseling students. She is a certified school counselor in Montana, a nationally certified counselor, a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Idaho, and a certified family life educator. Holly has previous work experience as a parent educator, a Professional School Counselor in a K-8 school setting, as well as the program leader for the school counseling tract at Montana State University.

Holly’s teaching, counseling, and supervisory experience over the years has enhanced her ability to work with individuals from a variety of developmental levels and backgrounds. Whether teaching at the Kindergarten level as a school counselor or the master’s level as a counselor educator, she discovered her true passion for education and the process of learning along a broad continuum of development and life stages.

Dr. Wagner’s research interests include school counseling, counselor development, human development, feminist pedagogy, cultural competence, LGBTQQIA competence and advocacy, and social justice issues in counselor education. She is publishing in journals such as Counselor Education & Supervision, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and the Journal of School Counseling. She looks forward to continued research and scholarship that impact clinical, programmatic, pedagological, and supervisory domains within the field of counseling and counselor education.