George McMahon


H. George McMahon is a clinical associate professor and Associate Department Head in the Counseling and Human Development Department at The University of Georgia, and coordinates the school counseling MEd/EdS and the school counseling EdS programs. His professional interests include the ecological model of school counseling, social justice and privilege, and group work, and he has published several journal articles and book chapters in those areas. He has served as Associate Editor for Professional School Counseling, and on the editorial boards for The Journal for Specialists in Group Work and the Journal of School Counseling. He is also a Fellow of the Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, George worked as a professional school counselor in New Orleans, LA, from 1996–2000. He earned his PhD from The University of Georgia and his MEd from The University of Virginia.

Areas of Expertise

  • The Ecological Model of School Counseling
  • Data Driven School Cousneling
  • Privilege and Educational Equity
  • Group Work


  • Ecological Participatory Action Research in Schools
  • School Counselor leadership and advocay to promote educational equity
  • Ecological Assessment of Student Needs



  •  PhD in Counseling Psychology, 2004
    University of Georgia
  •  MEd in School Counseling, 1996
    University of Virginia
  •  BA in Psychology, 1992
    University of the South - Sewanee


 Aderhold Hall, 422 H

Research Summary

My primary focus of research has been developing the Ecological Model of School Counseling as a foundation for working collaboratively with schools and districts to develop comprehensive assessments of student needs and design, implement, and evaluate collaborative, participatory action research projects based on the identified needs of the schools. Other research areas include preparing school counselors to work from an evidence-based and need-focused perspective; privilege and ally identity construction; and group work process and outcomes in schools.


An Ecological Model of School Counseling
  • McMahon, H.G., Mason, E.C.M., Daluga-Guenther, N., & Ruiz, Alina.
  • Journal of Counseling and Development