Lonnie Rowell

Associate Professor

  • School, Family and Mental Health Professions
  • Ph.D University of Southern California
  • M.S. San Diego State University
  • B.A. San Diego State University

Lonnie Rowell, Ph.D., teaches and writes in the areas of school counseling, action research, and school reform. He came to USD in 1995 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he served on the faculty of the department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and was chair of Clinical Instruction. Dr. Rowell also was a faculty member at San Diego State University and a visiting faculty member at the University of Victoria in Canada and at Yanaan University in China.  

Dr. Rowell has been a leading advocate for California school counseling and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in counselor leadership and advocacy. Awards have included the 2007 Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Counseling from the H.B. McDaniel Foundation, a 2006-2007 University Professorship Award from USD, USD’s 2005 Innovations in Experiential Learning Award, and the California Association of School Counselors’ Outstanding Counselor Advocate Award. Dr. Rowell served as the director of operations for the California Association of School Counselors’ (CASC) Legislative Action Task Force that spearheaded advocacy in support of 2006 California legislation establishing the Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling Program (MHSSCP) and served as program chair for the 2005 California School Counseling Research Summit, the first of its kind in California. He founded and directed the Center for Student Support Systems (CS3) at USD from 2002-2011. Working with graduate students in school counseling, he created the Annual Forum on the State of Counseling & Guidance in Schools. The Forum, a professional development event that brought together school counselors, school counseling advocates, and graduate students, was held for 13 years.

His scholarly work has appeared in Professional School Counseling and Theory into Practice, and Learning and Individual Differences, among other sources. He was the lead author of a 2008 Policy White Paper assessing the impact of the initial year of MHSSCP, served as co-editor of the California Standards for the School Counseling Profession and co-authored the introductory chapter of the Standards. Dr. Rowell is an Associate Editor of the journal Educational Action Research and serves on the International Advisory Committee for the UK-based Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).