Chelsea Fullilove

Florida Atlantic University

College of Education

Boca Raton, Florida 33431



Doctor of Philosophy—Counselor Education

Spring 2022 (Anticipated)

Florida Atlantic University, FL (CACREP Accredited) 

Area of Specializations: Counselor Education and Supervision

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL (CACREP Accredited)

Area of Specialization: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Webster University, Saint Louis, MO

Major: Psychology
Minor: Business


Graduate Teaching Assistant August 2019- present

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Assist in Master’s level coursework for School Counselors in addition to lecturing opportunities regarding adverse childhood experiences within the course: Counseling Children.

Graduate Research Assistant August 2017- 2019

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

Assists Russell Sabella, PhD with empirical research associated with the Department of Counseling’s Distinction Project as well as collaborating on a journal article in progress.

Clinician Intern July 2018- May 2019

Larkin Community Hospital, Hollywood, FL
Manages and delegates daily tasks in a psychiatric hospital including: clinical assessments, individual counseling, family therapy, couples counseling, and crisis intervention. Patients are in acute crisis and include Baker and Marchman Acts as well as severe mental disorders. Treatment includes substance abuse as well as social and life skills training.

Clinician Intern August 2017- May 2018

Camillus House, Miami, FL

Provided clinical assessments and individual therapy to survivors of human trafficking. Project Phoenix is a residential treatment program which included trauma recovery therapy and substance abuse treatment inclusive of LGBTQ populations. The program adhered to stringent guidelines, maintaining the highest CARF accreditation.

Practicum Counselor May 2017- August 2017

Wings of Shelter, Estero, FL

Facilitated individual counseling and interviewing of child abuse sex trafficking survivors. This residential treatment safe home included comprehensive treatment and substantial services as a DCF provider.

Birth Doula November 2015- August 2017

TLC, The Labor Companion at Family Birth Center, Naples, FL

Provided crisis counseling services and continuous support to birthing mothers, couples, and families. Employed a diversity of therapeutic interventions to yield optimum results for clients. Facilitated reality testing, psychoeducation, continuous support, coping mechanisms and transitional support.

Owner/ Inactive Partner October 2011- current

Expenxier, Miami, FL

As an entrepreneur, developed a wholesale distribution company and 7,500 square foot warehouse. Oversaw millions of dollars in sales yearly in a managerial role which included developing logistical protocol, HR, accounting department, and merchandise management.  

Research Internship July 2009 –  August 2010

Kids Matter, International, Roatán, Honduras

Interviewed victims of child sexual abuse as well as supports within the island community. Consulted with local governance and professionals in all related fields documenting daily encounters for research. Manuscript was developed in 2017 which enhanced the previous initiative and practical tools for the non-profit.

Orphanage Coordinator January 2004 – September 2004

Houses of Hope, International Antigua & Zacapa, Guatemala, C.A.

Supported the director in a clerical position overseeing the orphanage operations and house transitions.

Assistant to the Director May 2000 – April 2004

People for Missions, Ft. Worth, TX & Zacapa, Guatemala, C.A.

Supported the director as an executive assistant and handled administrative operations within the non-profit.


National Certified Counselor
National Board for Certified Counselors Certification

2019 (Anticipated)


Professional Awards

08/2019Graduate Teaching Assistant
08/2018-05/2019Graduate Research Assistant
05/2018American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship
12/2017Golden Key International Honor Society
08/2017FGCU Graduate Studies Award
01/20172017 NBCC MFP Minority Fellowship
01/2017-05/2017Graduate Research Assistant
08/2016-08/2017FGCU Foundation Scholarship
08/2016Bartley Scholarship
08/2011University Academic Honors: Magna Cum Laude
 Psychology Departmental Honors
 International Distinction designation
01/2010-09/2011Teaching Assistant for Department Chair De La Loza, JD LLM
06/2009Delta Mu Delta Honors Society
01/2009Chris Devries Leadership Scholarship
08/2008-08/2009Student Council President & Undergraduate Representative
01/2008-08/2011Mayflower Scholarship for Academic Achievements & Dean’s List


Research Interests:

  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Adolescent & Family Therapy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences/ Trauma
  • Burnout and Counselor Well-being

Manuscript Submitted for Publication in National Referred Journal

Fullilove, C. D. (2018). Child Sexual Abuse Analysis in the Caribbean Bay Islands. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Current Empirical Research Investigations

Fullilove, C. D. (2019-present). Examining the Relationship Between Adolescents’ In-patient Hospital Length of Stay and Parental Support: A Pilot Study

Manuscripts in Preparation

Fullilove, C. D., Garcia, Y.A., Sabella, R.A. (2019). Sex Trafficking: Myths and Realities. Manuscript in preparation.

Non-Scientific Works in Progress

Fullilove, C. D. (2019). The Space Between Bitter and Better. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Fullilove, C. D. (2019). The Miracle of Forgiveness. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Fullilove, C. D. (2019). Forgiving the Truth. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Papers Presented at Regional Refereed Conferences

Fullilove, C. (2018). Addressing Trauma: Human Trafficking.Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Myrtle Beach, SC.

Papers Presented at State Refereed Conferences

Fullilove, C. D.(2018, February). Attachment Theory and What Counselors Need to Know. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Orlando, Florida.

Fullilove, C. D.(2018, April). Child Sexual Abuse: Qualitative Case Study. Primary research presented at the annual Research Day of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida.

Fullilove, C. D.(2018, June). Raped and Married: Transgenerational Trauma in the Caribbean. Paper presented for the annual traumatology symposium of the Florida Counseling Association, Orlando, Florida.

Fullilove, C. D. (2019, February) Results of the 2017 Counseling Research Child Sexual Abuse Study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Orlando, Florida.

Bovee, A., Fullilove, C. D. (2019, October). Counselor Self-care in Work with Crisis: Five Keys of Functioning. Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the Florida Counseling Association, Tampa, Florida.

Upcoming Conference Presentations

Bovee, A., Fullilove, C. D. (2020, February) Lets Think Prevention: Tools and Treatment for Adolescents in Psychiatric Crisis. Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Orlando, Florida.

Papers Submitted for Presentation

Fullilove, C. D. (2020, March) Evidence Based Pilot Study: Research Design and Tools to Address Adolescents in Psychiatric Crisis. Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the Evidenced-Based School Counseling Conference, Boca Raton, Florida.

Invited Presentations

Fullilove, C. D. (2018). Addressing Trauma: Human Trafficking. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Myrtle Beach, SC.

Fullilove, C. D. (2020). The Grad School Grind: Surviving or Thriving? Tools to Optimize Self-care and Wellness. Florida Atlantic University: Boca Raton, FL.


FCA’s Leadership Development Institute, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2019Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention, Hollywood, FL, 2018

Psychological First Aid, Fort Myers, FL, 2017

Stop Hurting, Start Healing, Fort Myers, FL, 2017

NBCC Learning Institute Motivational Interviewing with Transition-Aged Youth: Eliciting Change, Confidence, and Commitment, Greensboro, NC, 2017

Thai Mindfulness Training, Phuket, Thailand, 2006


Webster University

Teaching Assistant January 2010 – September 2011

Business Department Chair De La Loza, JD LLM

Courses Co-Taught & Guest Lectures under Faculty Supervision

Florida Atlantic University

MHS 6421: Counseling Children

Doctoral supervisor for Fall, 2019, Under supervision of Melissa Mariani, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

MHS 6423: Counseling Adolescents

Conducted class lecture on Protective Factors and Resiliency, Fall, 2019, Guest lecturer under supervision of Melissa Mariani, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)


National Service

Conference Proposal Reviewer.  Evidence Based School Counseling Conference – 2019

State Service

University Service

  • College of Education Representative for GPSA, Graduate and Professional Student Association (Florida Atlantic University), 2019-2020.
  • Graduate Member for Key Club International (Florida Gulf Coast University), 2017-2019.
  • Graduate Student Representative (Florida Gulf Coast University), 2017-2018.
  • Undergraduate Student Representative for the Stakeholders’ Meetings (Webster University), 2008-2009.
  • Student Council President (Webster University), 2008-2009.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), 2019-present

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), 2019-present

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), 2017-present

Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), 2017-present

American Counseling Association (ACA), 2016-present

Florida Counseling Association (FCA), 2016-present

Florida Mental Health Counseling Association (FMHC), 2016-present

Lambda Kappa Chapter, Delta Mu Delta, (2010)


International and National

  • NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia (May, 2017)
  • NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium, Restin, Virginia (May, 2018)


  • SACES Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC (October, 2018)


  • FMHCA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (February, 2018)
  • FCA Traumatology Symposium, Orlando, FL (June, 2018)
  • FMHCA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (February, 2019)