About the Department
Our Department Chair
Rebecca K. Weinbaum serves as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Populations at Lamar University, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), Certified School Counselor, and Play Therapist in the state of Texas. Research areas include youth-based mentoring, at-risk student success, creativity in counseling, supervision, multicultural counseling, and literature reviews for best practices in counseling and research.
With over 30 publications, two book chapters and a book in press, Dr. Weinbaum’s scholarship includes a recent article in the American Counseling Association flagship journal: Journal of Counseling & Development.
Dedicated to promoting work with children and adolescents, Dr. Weinbaum has a longstanding involvement in the local chapter of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), specifically, the Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy. She currently serves as a director-at-large for the Southern Educational Research Association (SERA). Her dissertation topic (mentoring) and numerous publications in the area of youth-based mentoring underscore Dr. Weinbaum's passion to advocate for school counseling-community partnerships and student connectedness with adults for academic and personal success as outlined by the American School Counselor Association (2005) model and Educational Trust (2003) vision.