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Heather Hadraba

Assistant Professor

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Rogers Hall

Originally from Chicago, Heather moved to Oregon in 1996 to not only escape the weather patterns in Chicago, but to begin her educational journey.  Since 1996 she has been on a career path that focuses on working towards advocacy for all students. She settled on the career of a counselor because she wanted to be actively involved in the academic, personal/social, and career success of all students.

Heather worked as a middle school counselor for 6 years and she implemented the American School Counseling National Model. While working as a professional school counselor she felt a calling to be more directly involved in the preparatory programs for school counselors. This calling and her passion for school counseling led to her pursuit of a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University. In addition to experience working in the schools, Heather is a Nationally Certified Counselor and she is a member of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American School Counseling Association, and the Oregon School Counseling Association.

Personal Statement

I believe I will never be a finished product. I challenge myself to continuously explore my sense of self, my experiences of privilege, and my lived experiences. I believe in taking time to listen to student stories and through this act of listening creating a culture of respect.  I strive to create a learning environment that invites all students to explore their personal beliefs and how these beliefs impact their work as school counselors.  My hope is that students will complete their program with confidence and knowledge of how they can move their ideas into social action.

Areas of Expertise

Motivational Interviewing, Group counseling, Multiple baseline study within schools, College and career readiness for K-12 students

Current Research

Heather’s current research is on the use of motivational Interviewing within school counseling programs with academically unmotivated students  In addition, she is particularly interested in the use of single subject case design within school settings and the evaluation of school counseling preparatory programs and the ability of these programs to train graduate students to provide counseling services to K-12 students in special education programs.


Pedersen, L. & Hadraba, H.  (2013).  College and Career Readiness: Serving Every Child.  Practitioner’s workbook in progress.


  • Pedersen, L. & Hadraba, H.  (2013, April).  Advocacy: Essential Steps in Promoting Pk12 College and Career Readiness Programs. Accepted to present at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. 


  • Eakin, G., Aasheim, L., DeKruyf, L., Pedersen, L. & Hadraba, H. (2012, December).  Invited webinar. Advocacy in Oregon. American School Counseling Association.


  • Aasheim, L., Dilts, R., vanAsselt, K., Anctil, T., Biles, K., DeKruyf, L., Eakin, G., Pedersen, L., Torres, D. & Hadraba, H.  (2012, November).  A Statewide University Collaboration Model:  School Counselor Educators Partner for Comprehensive Success.  Presentation at the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Portland, Oregon.


  • Hadraba, H.  (2012, November).  Motivational Strategies for School Counselors.

Accepted to present at the American Middle Level Education Conference, Portland, Oregon


  • Hadraba, H. & Eakin, G.  (2012, June).  Enhancing Intrinsic Motivation to Change and Achieve.  Presentation at the American School Counseling Association Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Hadraba, H., & Ill, D.  (2006, April).  Transitioning the Middle School Student to High School.  Presentation at collaborative inquiry, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, West Linn, Oregon.


  • Hadraba, H. (2006, April).  Building a Character Education Plan. Presentation at collaborative inquiry, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, West Linn, Oregon.


  • Eakin, G., & Hadraba, H.  (2005, July).  Academic Achievement of Middle School Students. Presentation at Oregon School Counseling Association Conference, Warm Springs, Oregon.


  • Pehrrson, D., Nakazawa-Hewitt, M., James, G., Mohr, E., Miller, A., Turner, S., Hadraba, H. & Justice, J.  (2003, October).  Applying Play Therapy to our Adult Lives.  Presentation at Oregon School Counseling Association Conference,  Eugene, Oregon.




Academic Credentials

Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Oregon State University

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