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 and co-author of a textbook titled, Addiction Counseling: A Practical Approach. Dr. Giordano works to advance the counseling field with rigorous research and has published over 55 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She regularly teaches addictions counseling courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Giordano works to raise public awareness about behavioral addictions by regularly offering community trainings and workshops (both domestically and internationally), being a guest on podcasts, and contributing to news media stories on the topic of addiction. She also writes a blog for Psychology Today called, “Understanding Addiction.” In 2018, Dr. Giordano won the Addictions/Offender Educator of Excellence Award from the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). Recently, she was awarded the 2022 Russell H. Yeany Jr. Research Award from UGA’s College of Education in recognition of the impact and significance of her scholarship. 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 the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Giordano’s clinical training is in addictions treatment and clinical mental health counseling. Her secondary area of specialization is multiculturalism. As a community consultant, she provides diversity trainings to raise awareness on topics such as systemic privilege and oppression, racial identity development, and transracial adoption. 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
  • Behavioral Addictions


  •  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:

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E. A., Schmit, E. L., & Schmit, M. K. (in press). Examining coping and nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescents: A profile analysis. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Prosek, E. A., Giordano, A. L., Burgin, E. E., Valverde, N., & Hagedorn, W. B. (in press). Predictors of hazardous drinking and internet gaming severity among a military sample. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.

Giordano, A. L., Schmit, M. K., & McCall, J. (2022). Exploring adolescent social media and internet gaming addiction: The role of emotion regulation. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling. Advanced Online Publication.

Giordano, A. L., Schmit, M. K., Clement, K., Potts, E. E., & Graham, A. R. (2022). Pornography use and sexting trends among American adolescents: Data to inform school counseling programming and practice. Professional School Counseling. Advanced Online Publication.

Giordano, A. L., Lundeen, L., Wester, K., Lee, J., Vickers, S. & Kim, I. K. (2022). Nonsuicidal self-injury on Instagram: Examining hashtag trends. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1, 1-16.

Watson, J., Prosek, E. A., & Giordano, A. L. (2022). Distress among adolescents: An exploration of mattering, social media addiction, and school connectedness. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 40, 95-107.

Prosek, E. A., Wei, Q., Scoffone, C., Gallardo, D., & Giordano, A. L. (2022). Guilt, shame, and empathy as predictors of coping engagement among college students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 44, 64-78.

Giordano, A. L., Prosek, E., A., Henson, R. K., Silveus, S., Beijan, L., Reyes, A., Molina, C., & Agarwal, S. (2021). Effects of vicarious racism exposure via the media on college students of color: Exploring affect and substance use. Journal of College Counseling, 4, 4-17.

Tucker, S. K., Schmit, M. K., & Giordano, A. L. (2021). Perceptions of poverty: Exploring counseling students’ reactions to presenting concerns. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 14.

Schmit, M. K., & Giordano, A. L. (2021). Introduction to the special issue: Advancing the counseling profession through research and publication. Journal of Counseling & Development, 99, 119-122. Impact factor = 2.063

Giordano, A. L., Schmit, M. K., & Schmit, E. (2021). Best practice guidelines for publishing rigorous research in counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 99, 123-133. Impact factor = 2.063

Awards and Accolades

Russell H. Yeany Jr., Research Award

UGA, 2022

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