Dr. Laura Choate holds the Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professorship in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University. She has 15 years of experience as a counselor educator at LSU and 16 years as a licensed professional counselor.
Dr. Choate has 40 publications in journals and in books, most of which have been related to girls’ and women’s wellness. She is recognized as an expert in the area of girls’ and women’s issues in mental health counseling, and has been interviewed and featured in Ladies Home Journal, Parents Magazine, Counseling Today, WebMD, YouBeauty.com, and other publications. Choate also served as guest editor for an issue of Journal of Counseling and Development.
Currently, Dr. Choate serves on the ACA Research and Knowledge Committee, the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners and the Board Chair and the Chair of the Discipline Committee. Just some of the awards Dr. Choate has won include the American College Counseling Association Research Award, the LSU Phi Kappa Phi Non-tenured Faculty Award for Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2014 Distinguished Research Award from the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education, and the 2013 Best Practices Award by the American Counseling Association for her work in the area of eating disorders treatment.
In addition, Dr. Choate is the author of three books: Girls and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions (2008), Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (edited; 2013), and Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention (2013). Her forthcoming book, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture, is published by Oxford University Press and will be released November 2, 2015.