- PhD, Counselor Education, Oregon State University MEd, Counseling and Guidance, Brigham Young University BS, Psychology, Brigham Young University
- Dr. Laura Owen joins AU as a researcher in residence, where she will focus on researching evidence based practices for school counselors and college advisors aimed at addressing the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the country face. Previously, Dr. Owen was an assistant professor and director of the school counseling program at San Diego State University (SDSU) and held an appointment as assistant professor in counseling at Johns Hopkins University. A prior urban school counselor and district counseling supervisor, she is a passionate advocate for closing college opportunity gaps. Dr. Owen has worked collaboratively with leaders from across the country to address systems issues impacting student postsecondary outcomes. In July 2014, Dr. Owen participated on a panel of school counseling experts at the Harvard White House Convening to discuss research-based approaches to address financial aid and college affordability, the college enrollment process, and the summer transition between high school and college.
Refereed Journal Articles
Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2016). Reprint of “ Stay late or start early? Experimental evidence on the benefits of college matriculation support from high schools versus colleges.” Economics of Education Review, Special Edition. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.03.011
Owen, L., & Westlund, E. (2016). Increasing college opportunity: school counselors and fafsa completion. Journal of College Access, 2(1), 6-26.
Young, A., Gonzalez, I., Owen, L., & Heltzer, J. (2015). The journey from counselor-in-training to practitioner researcher: Bridging the professional gap. Professional School Counseling, 18(1), 216-225.
Refereed Book Chapters
Stauffer, M., White, A., & Owen, L. (2013). Ethical and legal considerations in counseling. In Capuzzi, D., & Gross, D. (Eds.), Introduction to the Counseling Profession (6th Ed). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.
Unpublished, Refereed Papers before Professional Conferences
Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2015, March). Do college-ready students benefit when high schools and colleges collaborate? Experimental evidence from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC.
Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2015, February). Personal or personalized? Investigating the impact of counselor outreach vs. automated and personalized messaging on mitigating summer melt among college-intending, low-income high school graduates. Paper presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Washington, DC.
Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2014, March). Personal or personalized? Investigating the impact of counselor outreach vs. automated and personalized messaging on mitigating summer melt among college-intending, low-income high school graduates. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
SDSU College of Education Most Influential Faculty Member Award
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)
Funded Research Grants
Owen, L. (2015-2016) Formative Evaluation of the Implementation of California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI) in partnership districts. Foundation for California Community Colleges. Principal Investigator: L. Owen Awarded: $86,500
Arnold, K., Avery, C., Castleman, B., Long, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2014-2017). Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment and Success. Institute of Education Sciences, $3.4 Million. Co-Principal Investigator: L. Owen Awarded: $142,481
Castleman, B., Owen, L., & Page, L. (2014-2015). My Summer GPS. Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, $107,000. Co-Principal Investigator: L. Owen
Owen, L. (2013-2014). Baltimore Area Summer Melt Program. Abell Foundation, $10,000. Principal Investigator: L. Owen