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Dr. Mary Ann Hollingsworth

Dr. Mary Ann Hollingsworth

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator - Ed/Din Rural Education: Counseling, College of Education


  • Education
    • PhD dual major Counseling Psychology/Health Psychology-Walden University
    • EdS School Counseling Mississippi State University
    • MS Counseling Psychology University of Southern Mississippi
    • MA Management & Supervision Central Michigan University
    • BS Elementary Education William Carey College
  • Certifications and Licenses held (past and  current)
    • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
    • National Certified Counselor
    • Approved Clinical Supervisor
    • Board Certified-Telemental Health
    • Board Certified-Coach
    • Certified School Counselor-Mississippi State Department of Education
  • Experience
    • Retired from United States Army as Personnel and Administration Officer
    • Over 10 years of experience as professional counselor in elementary schools, clinical mental health, primary health care, and university counseling center.
    • Over 10 years teaching in higher education from technical college to undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Current Teaching Focus
    • Graduate courses in Lifespan Development and Learning
    • Graduate courses in Professional Orientation for future counselors
    • Graduate courses for integration of telemental health and distance counseling into practice
  • Research and Publication – last two years
    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2019).  European journal of educational sciences, Editor-in-Chief


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2019)  Editor, Special Edition: “Resilience building for children with chronic trauma: Promising work by educators.”  European journal of educational sciences.


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018).  Theories of lifespan development.  Ann Arbor, MI:  XanEdu


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018). Role of self-regulation and self-care with academic performance.  Journal of Psychology Research, 8(6), 251-262,  doi:10.17265/2159-5542/2018.06.001   


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, June).  Student-built websites: Raising the bar on engagement and course content mastery.   Proceedings of the S.T.E.A.M & Education Conference, Honolulu, HI


    • AbuKhalid, H.  & Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018).  Teaching, leadership, and learning with dignity  Journal of Modern Education Review, 8 (4), 247-260.


Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018).  Pictures worth a thousand words: A new approach in graduate school.  Journal of Literature and Art Studies, 8(1), 153-158


  • Scholarly Presentations - last two years
    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2019, April).  Slices of Life:  Resilience at the Grass Roots.  Resilience Conference, Nashville, TN.


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, November).  Integration of Person and Profession with Codes of Ethics.  Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL



    • Rose, D. & Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, November).  Distance Counseling:  Fiction or Future. Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL


    • Rose, D. & Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, July).  Embracing the Future:  Trends in Distance Therapy.  Continuing Education Workshop 6 Contact Hours for Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Social Workers, University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, June).  Student-built websites: Raising the bar on engagement and course content mastery.  S.T.E.A.M & Education Conference, Honolulu, HI


    • Hollingsworth, M.A. (2018, April).  The Heroes Bridge Project: Connecting Veterans and other Adult Heroes as Mentors with Youth at Risk.  Resilience Conference, Nashville, TN


  • University Service, University of West Alabama Committees – Past & Present
    • Academic Council, College of Education
    • ADA Compliance Committee
    • College of Education Review Group
    • Counseling Advisory Committee
    • Faculty Senate
    • Freshman Studies Committee
    • Graduate Council
    • Orientation Committee
    • Student Life Committee
    • University Academic Council
    • Search Committee, Counselor for Online Students
    • Search Committee, Outreach Coordinator – SAMSHA Suicide Prevention Grant
    • Search Committee, Assistant Professor – Instructional Leadership and Support
    • Thesis Committee – Minerva May, African-American women and self-confidence:  A      look into colorism, body image, and depression as predictors of self-esteem.
    • University Scholars Committee


  • Professional Memberships and Service – Past & Present
    • American Counseling Association
      • American College Counseling Association
      • American School Counselor Association
      • Emerging Leader Conference Grant Recipient for ACA 2008 Annual Convention
      • Southern Region ACA Emerging Leader Representative from Mississippi
    • Alabama Counseling Association
    •  Mississippi Counseling Association
      • President, MASERVIC – 2019/2020
      • Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor Association
      • Mississippi School Counselors Association
      • Mississippi Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
      • 2007 Conference Chair for Program Layout
      • Conference Chair 2008 Conference
      • Advocacy Chair – Mid Eastern Region


  • Community Service - Current


Quitman School District, Quitman, MS – Consultant and trainer for life skills with High School Special Education classes.  October 2013 to present.


Sumter County Alabama Quality Assurance Committee for Department of Human Resources  August 2010 – 2018  Chair person ( June 2015 – September 2017) – lead committee to review and analyze cases of foster child placement for appropriate placement for  meeting child’s needs.


Veterans of Foreign War Post 4932 Coordinator of Youth Patriotic Essay Contests – Post & District; District Surgeon