Dr. Brittany Pollard

  • Brittany Pollard

    Dr. Brittany Pollard

    Assistant Professor

    Professional background

    Brittany Pollard joined the IUP faculty in fall 2015. She completed a dual BA at Syracuse University, received an MEd in Mental Health Counseling from Lincoln Memorial University, and earned a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. Her dissertation focused on the small group training experiences of master’s-level counseling students learning group work.

    Pollard’s primary research interests include the use of experiential learning methods within counselor education and the training of counseling students in specialty areas such as group work, human sexuality, and grief. Before joining IUP, she worked as a counselor for five years in Knoxville, Tennessee, during which time she provided individual and group services to high-risk and HIV+ clients in a variety of community and clinical settings.

    She is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Specialists in Group Work, and Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness, as well as several regional, state, and local affiliates. Pollard presents regularly at national, regional, state, and local conferences and has won several awards related to her teaching and scholarly achievements.

    At IUP, Pollard serves as the Coordinator for our Pittsburgh East counseling programs and co-advises the Iota Upsilon Pi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling honor society. She teaches in the master’s and doctoral programs at both campus locations, with Systems, Theories, and Human Sexuality among her favorite courses to instruct.

    Personal Background

    During her free time, Pollard most enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and fiancé, Tom. She loves traveling, attending various sporting events, playing tennis, and getting out on the water on the rare occasions she gets to go back home to Michigan.

    Recent Publications

    Guth, L., Pollard, B. L., Nitza, A., Puig, A., Chan, C. D., Singh, A. A., & Bailey, H. (2019). Ten strategies to intentionally use group work to transform hate, facilitate courageous conversations, and enhance community building. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 44(1), 3-24. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2018.1561778

    West, S. C., Pollard, B. L., & Wood, C. (2018). Counseling individuals with addictive behaviors. In Capuzzi, D., & Stauffer, M. D., Career counseling: Foundations, perspectives, and applications (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

    Selected Presentations

    International

    Shook, M. (Producer). (2017, October 4). Utilizing creative and expressive techniques to give grief a voice: A conversation with Brittany Pollard and Tiffany Brooks [Audio podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor.

    Stephens, A. F., & Pollard, B. L. (2016, April). Counselor wellness: Promoting mental health career sustainability. Presented at the international conference for the American Counseling Association, Montreal, Quebec.

    National

    Guth, L., Pollard, B. L., Nitza, A., Puig, A., Chan, C., Singh, A., & Bailey, H. (2019, March). Ten ways to intentionally use group work to transform hate and enhance community building. Invited to the national conference of the American Counseling Association,New Orleans, LA.

    Pollard, B. L., Bruno, M., & Guth, L. (2018, February). You want to talk about what? Ten tips for addressing sensitive issues in groups. Presented at the national conference of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, Savannah, GA.

    Regional

    Pollard, B. L., Stephens, A. F., & Bruno, M. L. (2018, September). Getting connected: Training counselors in the digital age. Presented at the regional conference of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Burlington, VT.

    Stephens, A. F., Bruno, M. L., & Pollard, B. L. (2018, September). Plugging in to wellness: Using technology in supervision. Presented at the regional conference of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Burlington, VT.

    Guth, L., Pollard, B. L., & Chan, C. (2018, September). Diversity, equity, and inclusion: ASGW's innovative tips for fostering unity in group settings. Presented at the regional conference of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Burlington, VT.

    State

    Pollard, B. L., Nelson, M. E., & Uphold, H. (2018, November). Practice makes… prepared: Fostering professional identity using group practicum training experiences. Presented at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Pollard, B. L., Nelson, M. E., & Uphold, H. (2018, November). Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable: Hidden biases we often ignore. Presented at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.