Melissa Luke

Melissa Luke
Dean's Professor
Phone: 315.443.5265
Address: 440D Sims Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Counseling and Counselor Education

Melissa Luke, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS is Dean’s professor in the School of Education. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified School Counselor in the State of New York. Dr. Luke is an active member of ACA and the following ACA Divisions; ACCA, ACES, AARC, ACAC, AMCD, ASGW, ASERVIC, ALGBTIC, and CSJ, as well as an engaged member of NBCC and CSI.


  • Ph.D. Syracuse University, Counselor Education
  • M.S. State University of New York at Oswego, School Counseling Services
  • M.A. State University of New York at Brockport, Liberal Studies
  • B.A. University of Rochester, English/ Psychology

Research & Scholarship

Dr. Luke is an international leader in counselor education. Her scholarship focuses on counselor preparation and practice to more effectively respond to the needs of underserved persons, particularly LGBTIQ+ youth. Having fifteen years of experience in the P-12 educational context, Dr. Luke’s research has a specific focus on school counselors, and she has published extensively in the area of counselor supervision and group work. Towards that end, Dr. Luke is involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects including the design and implementation of training simulations that use actors as standardized school stakeholders (e.g., administrators, teachers, students, family members), the professional identity development and ethical decision-making of counselors across global settings, as well as more recently the role of attachment and cognitive distortion in the experience of and receptivity to feedback within clinical supervision.