Lorraine DeKruyf

Lorraine DeKruyf, PhD

Professor of Counseling

Director, School Counseling Program



My professional experience includes 20 years as a school counselor and teacher at the high school level in Wisconsin and Washington. In 2002, I joined the Graduate School of Counseling at George Fox University as director of the school counseling program.

My research interests are reflected in the topics I have published and presented on locally, regionally and nationally. These topics include school counseling site supervision and school counselor professional identity, cross-cultural mentorship, cultural sensitivity, narrative counseling, and social justice advocacy. I also serve on the editorial board for Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading good fiction, listening to music from a variety of genres, sailing, gardening and hiking.

Academic Background

PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, Oregon State University
MEd, School Counseling, Western Washington University
BA, German, Psychology, English, Dordt College

Selected Research Bibliography

Publications and Presentations

Honors & Awards

I received the 2014 Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Publication Award in recognition of contributions made to counselor education and supervision literature. Among my contributions were collaborative pieces written or edited with colleagues Richard Auger from the University of Minnesota, Mankato, and Shannon Trice-Black from the College of William and Mary, for a two-part special issue for Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal for the American School Counseling Association. Our work culminated in 14 peer-reviewed articles contributing to the professional literature on the role school counselors play in meeting students’ mental health needs.

I was also recipient of George Fox's 2014-15 Graduate Faculty Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship.

School Counselor Professional Identity

Click here to access my recent lecture titled "Superheroes, School Counselors, Professional Identify, & Getting the Job Done."  In this lecture, I explore what happens when training and professional identity are at odds with job assignments – for superheroes and for school counselors – and offer suggestions as to what might be done. The event was sponsored by the Richter Committee and the Faculty Development Committee.

How do you pronounce your last name?

Depends who you ask. I think you could spell it: "de-KRIFE." Although I publish under the long version of my name, I generally go by Lori DeKruyf.

Do you keep in touch with your grads?

Once a month, I let my grads know where and when I’ll be hanging out at a restaurant. This gives my school counseling alumni a chance to gather to eat, socialize, share ideas, network, and head into the next month feeling refreshed. It also gives me a chance to find out what my grads are up to and learn ways I can better prepare them for the "real world" after graduation.

What is your quest?

Micah 6:8 sums it up well. I strive to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.