Laura Boddicker  PhD tLMHC CRC

Assistant Professor of Counseling


BS, Upper Iowa University, 2014
MA, University of Iowa, 2016
PhD, University of Iowa, 2022

Dr. Laura A. Boddicker is a core counselor education faculty member and an assistant professor of counseling with a diverse educational background. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Upper Iowa University, followed by a master’s degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling and a doctorate in counselor education, all from the University of Iowa.

As a certified rehabilitation counselor and licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa, she brings over twelve years of experience in the mental health and rehabilitation field. Her professional journey has encompassed roles in mental health and vocational counseling, as well as case management. Throughout her career, her primary focus has been working with individuals facing physical and mental health disabilities, aiming to enhance their level of functioning and overall quality of life.

She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Within the latter, she is honored to serve as the Chair for the New Faculty Interest Network, contributing to the development and support of new faculty members.

Her research interests revolve around wellness and burnout among mental health counselors, as well as military sexual trauma among military veterans. Notably, her current focus is on designing and implementing evidence-based interventions for veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma, utilizing experimental design methodologies.

Outside of academia, she cherishes her time with her children and her adorable service dog, Teddy. Her love for the outdoors, passion for drawing, and enjoyment of music, yoga, and the game Magic the Gathering, provide her with a balance to her professional pursuits.