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Nicole A. Cobb

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Research:  Professor Cobb has worked in education for 21 years as a teacher, school counselor and administrator at the district and state level.  Her professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to school climate, crisis response, college access and school counselor effectiveness. Before joining the faculty in the school-counseling program of the Department of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University she was the Executive Director of School Counseling for Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and was appointed by Governor Bredesen as Director of School Counseling for the State of Tennessee during his term in office. 

Teaching:  Professor Cobb’s teaching has included Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling, Foundations of School Counseling, Pre-Practicum, Practicum and Internship for School Counselors.


National: ACTE, Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President; SREB, College Access & Success Advisory Committee; College Board National Ambassador; Governor’s Advisory Council for Tennessee Promise

State: Governor Haslam’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council; Mental Health America President’s Cabinet

Community Engagement:  Professor Cobb is on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance and for TEDxNashville.