Cameka Hazel specializes in the supervision and training of professional mental health and school counselors. As a counselor educator, she is an advocate for holistic training for future counselor educators to be effectively prepared to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of the diverse K–12 student population. Her research includes multicultural counseling competence training in counselor education, mental health care for children and families of refugee status and trauma in children. Hazel has presented at local and national conferences on subjects such as helping new school counselors thrive, reducing preventive and risk factors for school counselor burnout and Caribbean national migration experiences to the U.S., and acculturation stressors during the transition process. Her current research focuses on school counselors' perception of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students' academic, social, and emotional development.
During her role as a practicing school counselor, Hazel has worked at various grade levels—from elementary to high school, in the Jamaican school system, and also specialized in trauma and crisis counseling in volatile school zones. Hazel also served in a Child and Adolescence Outpatient clinic providing mental health care for children and families. Hazel earned a bachelor's degree in Guidance and Counseling at the Mico University (Jamaica), a master's degree in the counseling and psychology program at Boston College, a master's degree in the educational leadership program at Boston College, and a Doctorate in Counselor Education at the University of Rochester. Hazel is currently the faculty advisor for the New York Tech Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society chapter and is chairperson for the New York State chapter of the American Counseling Association (2022-2023).
Recent Projects and Research
- Hazel, C., Lustica, H., & McCluskey, R. (2021). School Counselors Perception on the Covid-19 College and Career Readiness
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Hazel, C., Lustica, H., & McCluskey, R. (2021). School Counselors Perception on the Covid-19 College and Career Readiness (in progress).
- Hazel, C., Smythe-Browne C., & Reid, C. (2021). Examining Caribbean Nationals Immigrant Issues: Migration Experiences to the US and Acculturative Stressors During the Transition Process. Presentation at ACES Conference in Atlanta, GA.
- Hazel, C (2021). Prior Experience With Diversity Affects How Multicultural Counseling Instructors Teach Diversity: A Qualitative Study. In peer review.
- Kim, N., Lee, D., & Hazel, C. (2020). Preventative and Risk Factors for School Counselor Burnout. NYSSCA Virtual Conference.
- Hazel, C. (2019) Mentorship: Helping the New Counselor Thrive. Presented at NYSSCA conference 2019 in New York, NY.
- Hazel, C., & Rubenstein B. (2016). Counseling Refugee Children and Family: A Qualitative Study. Presented at ACA conference in Montreal Canada.
Professional Honors and Awards
- Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society – Nu Chi Phi Chapter of New York Tech
- William F. Scandling Scholarship Award – Warner School Graduate Scholarship Award
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- EDCO 615: Foundations of Counseling
- EDCO 730: Internship: Academic/Career/Personal Social Development I
- EDCO 740: Internship: Academic/Career/Personal Social Development II
- EDCO 880: Bilingual Field Practicum and Seminar
- EDCO 705: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
- EDCO 780: Field Practicum and Seminar
- EDCO/MHCO 710: Multicultural Issues in Counseling
- EDCO 725: School Violence Prevention and Student Behavior Management
- EDCO 735: Consultation School and Community
- EDCO/MHCO 703: Trauma and Crisis Counseling: Intervention, Practice and Theory
- EDCO/MHCO 610: Theories of Psychopathology