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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lauren B. Melamed, Ph.D.



I teach counseling for the same reasons I counsel: to create and leverage agency. I take responsibility for fostering action in learners to become empowered in their education. I aim to generate democratic learning communities, where people consciously come together to examine, re-think, and reformulate goals, understandings, dispositions, and practices. Conflict, disagreement, and struggle are inherent to this process; but so too are consensus, enjoyment and collaboration. There are concrete skills to be learned, but a respect for mutual differences and life experiences in this case is a requirement for each course. A commitment to individual freedom and social justice underlies the efforts of democratic learning communities, as well as the products and outcomes that they yield. My responsibility is not only to students but to the future communities they will serve. With this in mind, I try to encourage students to explore cultural differences and become more comfortable having difficult conversations surrounding systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

My scholarship supports both my clinical and research interests: sexuality, identity, interpersonal conflict, transformative learning, qualitative research, Judaism and public trauma narratives.

Please email me if you have questions or would like more information about me.



  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Roosevelt University
  • B.S., Psychology, Appalachian State University
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (since 2010)
  • Illinois Counseling Association (since 2012)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (since 2013)
  • Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in Counseling (since 2013)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (since 2009)
Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • Mental Heatlh Counselor, Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • Restorative Practice Coach, WES Health Systems and Chicago Public Schools
  • CEDAR Clinic Supervisor: The Pennsylvania State University, CEDAR Clinic, Penn State University
  • Doctoral Clinical Supervisor: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Mental Health Counselor: Hands Together Heart to Art, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
  • Career Counselor: CEDAR Clinic and Bank of America Career Center, University Park, Pennsylvania
Select Publications

Select Publications

Peer reviewed Publications

  • (IN PRESS) Melamed, L. B., Perez, J., & Hunt, B. (2019). Teaching strategies for the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Benoist, L. N. (2014). Blurred lines: Indigenous Canadians and Globalization of Counseling. Chi Sigma Iota RAM Report. Fall 2014.
  • Benoist, L. N. (2012). Facts vs. Fears: Examining Counselor Attitudes Towards Utilizing Technology. Counseling Today. May 2012.
  • Benoist, L. N. (2011). Counseling Non-Violent Drug Offenders: Innovative Approaches to Therapy. Roosevelt University Counseling Association Newsletter. March 2011.
  • Benoist, L. N. (2008). Keeping Punishment Just: Examining Alternatives to Corrections for Drug-Addicted Offenders. Carolina Correctional Association Newsletter. August 2008

Manuscripts in Revision for Publication

  • Kumble, S., Melamed, L. B., Perez, J., & Seo, Y. (2019) Teen Suicide in the News: A Content Analysis of Responsible Reporting and Framing in the United States Newspapers. Journal of Mass Communication.

Manuscripts in Development

  • Melamed, L. B., (2019) Is This What Counselors Are? A Narrative Inquiry about Conflict in Multicultural Courses.
  • Melamed, L. B., Adler, J. (2019). Affirming Counseling for Jews-by-Choice.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Melamed, L. B., (2019) Critical Incidents and Shared Experiences of Jewish People. Poster Presentation at Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Skokie, IL
  • Benoist, L. N. (2019). Workshop Facilitator. Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago. Narrative Clinical Interventions for Multicultural Counseling. Chicago, IL
  • Daniels, A., Benoist, L. N., Kostohryz, K. (2018). I Want to See a Counselor Who is More Like Me’: Ethical Issues in Training Clinic. North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Benoist, L. N. (2017). Conflict Stories in Multicultural Counseling Classrooms: Results of a Narrative Analysis. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES).
    Kostohryz, K., Daniels, A., Benoist, L. N. (2017). Multicultural and Accessibility Considerations for University Training Clinics. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES).
  • Ravitz, A., & Benoist, L. N. (2017). Client-Oriented Spaces: The Therapeutic Value of Inpatient Facility Design. Poster Presentation- Illinois Counseling Association, Lisle, IL.
  • Benoist, L. N. (2015). Navigating Intercultural Conflict in Counsellor Education. International Association for Counselling Annual Conference, Verona, Italy.
  • Benoist, L. N. & Hunt, B. H. (2015). A Primer On the Use of Intersectionality In Multicultural Counselor Education. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES)
    Benoist, L. N., Calandriello, K., Perez, J., & Kostohryz, K. (2015) Creating a Collaborative Counselor Education Training Clinic: The Real World Model. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES).
  • Benoist, L. N. (2015). Invited Speaker for Statewide Conference. Infusing Intersectionality in Multicultural Counselor Education State College, Pennsylvania.
  • Benoist, L. N., Chang, H. (2014). Intersections in Identity: Counseling practices that address the postmodern shift in identity development – Breakout Session Canadian Counselling Association Annual Research Conference, Moncton, NB
  • Benoist, L. N. (2014). Intersectionality: Models of Identity Development and Implications for Practice, Curriculum, and Instruction- Roundtable Discussion Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling National Conference (ALGBTIC), New Orleans
  • Benoist, L. N. (2014). Intersectionality, Identity, and Culturally-Critical Counseling – Breakout Session Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Conference, University Park, PA

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