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Contact Information

Ebony White


Associate Clinical Professor

Counseling and Family Therapy Department

Ebony White, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor and an approved clinical supervisor. She is also the program director of the Master in Addictions Counseling program at Drexel University. White teaches a variety of courses such as Multicultural Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Counseling and Case Management Techniques through a social justice framework. She also provides multicultural and mental health training for law enforcement, religious leaders, educators and community members.

White is a master TeamStepps trainer and has provided training for the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, as well as healthcare professionals in Gombe State, Nigeria using these techniques. She appeared on TVC News Nigeria for her presentation on using effective communication strategies in healthcare settings to prevent fatalities at the Nigeria Health Leadership Conference in April 2019.

White’s research interests broadly focus on advocacy and social justice within the African American community. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of individual and systemic trauma on the development and functioning of individuals, families and communities within the African diaspora nationally and globally. She has also done extensive research on issues in adoption, particularly transracial adoption.

White is Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow program faculty, a Liberty Scholar’s mentor and a peer collaborator for the Mandela Fellowship program. She is also the faculty advisor for NAMI Drexel, a student organization that focuses on reducing mental health stigma on campus, and the faculty advisor for CATS of Color. 

White has been designated a faculty media expert and has contributed to articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, Medium, PopSugar and Newsweek. She has appeared on CBS to discuss the impact of mass shootings on mental health as well as the everyday violence that plague under-resourced communities in urban settings and the subsequent trauma response that may occur.

Professional Society

Chair – North Atlantic Region, American Counseling Association
Advocacy Chair – Counselors for Social Justice
Ethics Committee – Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development

Selected Publications

Baden, A. L., Harrington, E. S., & White, E. E. (2020). Searching for contact with birth relatives: Search angels and search facilitators. Journal of Social Work.

Baden, A. L., Shadel, D., Morgan, R., White, E. E., Harrington, E. S., Christian, N., Bates, T. (2019). Delaying adoption disclosure: A survey of late discovery adoptees. Journal of Family Issues, In print. 1-27.

Hannon, M.D., White, E. E., Nadrich, T. (2018). Fathering style among Black American fathers: A narrative inquiry. Journal of Family Therapy, 40(2), 224-246.

White, E.E. (2016). Trauma in the classroom: Introducing a new strategy for teachers. PHILLIS Journal for Research on African American Women, 4(1).

White, E. & Colistra, A. (2018). Implicit bias mirror. In J. Jordan, B. Perkins, & R. Lee (Eds.) Handbook of Experiential Teaching in Counselor Education: A Resource Guide for Counselor Educators. Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent

Grant participation:

Racial Equity Project Awardee
Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund Grant

Project Title “Examining Whiteness: An Immersive Education Program to Address Racism and Racial Injustice in Education Using VR Technology”

Editorial review board membership:

Reviewer for Health Equity Journal

Research Interests

National and global mental health of Black individuals, families and communities; African American women and girls raised by female head of households; impact of racism on the identity development of Black youth; multicultural issues in transracial and international adoption.


Multicultural Counseling & Development, Adolescents with Behavioral Diagnoses, Supervision & Training

PhD in Counselor Education
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI