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Assistant Professor of School Counseling

School Counseling Program Director


  • Ph.D. University of South Florida Counselor Education, 2012 
  • M.S. School Counseling, Long Island University-Brentwood 2005
  • B.A. Communications Video / Film Hofstra University 2003

Professional Credentials

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Certified School Counselor: New York, New Jersey, & Florida


My name is Allison Paolini. I proudly serve as the MSE School Counseling Program Director at A-State! Prior to working in academia, I worked as an Elementary School Counselor at a Title I school in Tampa, Florida. In regard to my teaching philosophy, I am extremely student centered and strive to deliver curricula that is evidence based, data driven, engaging, relevant, experiential, interactive, and practical so that all activities completed in class can be integrated into students' future work setting.  I believe in the importance of building strong relationships, facilitating knowledge, and having open communication with students, as this helps to foster learning, engagement, connectivity, empowerment, as well as augments personal and professional growth. I work tenaciously to prepare students in becoming transformational school counselors.  My main areas of research interest include social emotional learning and its impact on reducing gun violence, the impact of social emotional learning on college and career readiness, social emotional learning and its impact on amplifying academic performance and student wellness., as well as best practices for mitigating bullying and substance abuse amongst students.