Amanda L. Giordano


Dr. Giordano specializes in addictions counseling with clinical, instructional, and scholarly experience related to both chemical and behavioral addictions. She is the sole author of a clinical reference book titled, A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions: Conceptualizations, Assessments, and Clinical Strategies and co-author of an upcoming textbook titled, Addiction Counseling: A Practical Approach. Dr. Giordano works to advance the counseling field with rigorous research and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She regularly teaches addictions counseling courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2018, Dr. Giordano won the Addictions/Offender Educator of Excellence Award from the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Giordano’s clinical training is in chemical addictions treatment and clinical mental health counseling. Dr. Giordano has experience as an editorial board member for several prominent counseling journals including the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, Journal of Counseling and Development, and Counseling and Values. Dr. Giordano’s secondary area of specialization is multiculturalism. As a community consultant, she provides diversity trainings to raise awareness regarding systemic privilege and oppression. Dr. Giordano regularly teaches courses related to social justice and multiculturalism to help students cultivate cultural humility and advocacy in their clinical work, research, and leadership efforts. Dr. Giordano serves on the ACA of Georgia Leadership Council, the board of AARC, and is a member of several other ACA divisions including ACES, SACES, ASERVIC, and IAAOC.


  • Addictions Counseling
  • Multiculturalism
  • Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counseling


  •  PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, 2012
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  •  MS in Community Counseling, 2009
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  •  BS in Psychology, 2007
    University of Georgia


Research Summary

Most Recent Publications:

Tucker, S. K., Schmit, M. K., & Giordano, A. L. (in press). Perceptions of poverty: Counseling students’ preference for working with clients in poverty.

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E. A., & Watson, J. (in press). Adolescent cyberbullying perpetration: Exploring social media addiction and psychological factors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Schmit, M. K., & Giordano, A. L. (in press). Introduction to the special issue: Advancing the counseling profession through research and publication. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E., A., Henson, R. K., Silveus, S., Beijan, L., Reyes, A., Molina, C., & Agarwal, S. (in press). Effects of vicarious racism exposure via the media on college students of color: Exploring affect and substance use. Journal of College Counseling.

Giordano, A. L., Schmit, M. K., & Schmit, E. (in press). Best practice guidelines for publishing rigorous research in counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development.

O’Hara, C., Chang, C. Y., & Giordano, A. L. (in press). Multicultural competence in counseling research: The cornerstone of scholarship. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Giordano, A. L., Gorritz, F. B., Kilpatrick, E. P., Scoffone, C. M., & Lundeen, L. A. (in press). Examining secondary trauma as a result of clients’ reports of discrimination. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.

Prosek, E. A., Giordano, A. L., Woehler, E., Loseu, S., Stamman, J., Lollar, S., Grossman, H., & Stroh, L. (2020). The experience of religion and spirituality among college students who use illicit substances. Counseling & Values, 65, 189-205.

Watson, J. C., Prosek, E. A., & Giordano, A. L. (2020). Investigating psychometric properties of social media addiction measures among adolescents. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98, 458-466.

Giordano, A. L., Lundeen, L. A., Scoffone, C. M., Kilpatrick, E. P., & Gorritz, F. B. (2020). Clinical work with clients who self-injure: A descriptive study. The Professional Counselor, 10, 181-193.

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E. A., Schmit, M. K., & Wester, K. L. (2020). “We are still here”: Native American perspectives on counseling and counselor education. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98, 159-171.

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E. A., Bain, C., Malacara, A., Turner, J., Schunemann, K., & Schmit, M. K. (2020). Withdrawal symptoms among American collegiate internet gamers. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42, 63-77.

Giordano, A. L., Malacara, A., & Agarwal, S. (2019). A process addictions course for counselor training programs. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 1, 47-59.

Awards and Accolades

Counselor Education Alumni Professional Excellence Award

UNCG, 2019

Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award

IAAOC, 2018

Junior Faculty Research Award

UNT, 2016

Outstanding Research Award

CSI, 2015

Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Award

ACA, 2014