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Adriana C. Labarta Named April Holmes Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to Adriana C. Labarta, Holmes Scholar of the Month for April 2023. In 2021, Labarta was awarded the grand prize for the Tomorrow’s Counselor Essay Contest and was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year in the Department of Counselor Education. Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, she has been recognized from 2020-2022 as a Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Emerging Leader.

Labarta completed her M.Ed and Ed.S. in  Counselor Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from University of Florida. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida.

Labarta has co-authored several publications including first author of a 2019 book chapter in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Through the Lifespan: A clinician’s guide to treatment considerations entitled Prevention and treatment strategies in community settings. Labarta has worked with diverse clients in a variety of counseling settings, including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and university counseling centers. Currently, she serves as an Emerging Leader for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) and as the Past-President of the Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international and professional academic honor society for counseling students. 

Labarta’s research focuses on eating disorders (ED), body image concerns, and multicultural/social justice in counseling and counselor education. She is particularly passionate about addressing barriers and disparities that impact marginalized groups and promoting equity in research and higher education. In February of 2022, she successfully defended her dissertation, which focused on the development and validation of the Multidimensional Eating and Body Image Screening (MEBIS) for LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals. The purpose of the study was to address current ED research gaps by enhancing assessment and screening approaches. Labarta is also actively engaged in research related to sizeism/weight bias and culturally responsive pedagogy. Moving forward, Labarta intends to expand this line of research on culturally responsive ED assessment and treatment. 

To nominate a Holmes Scholar for the Scholar of the Month award, please use this online form