Professor Pearce is currently completing their PhD in Education with an emphasis in
Counseling, Counselor Education, and Supervision at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Virginia. Professor Pearce also holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Professor Pearce's research interests include concerns related to the LGBTQ community,
especially non-binary and gender expansive individuals. Within this domain, intimate
partner violence and sexual assault within LGBTQ relationships is of particular interest.
Professor Pearce also studies the impact of emotional labor demands on LGBTQ helper-educators.
They are also interested in international impacts of counseling and the role cultural
exchange and immersion can play in helper education.