Dr. Elisa Woodruff

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision – Northern Illinois University; Graduate Certificate in Trauma Informed Counseling – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; Masters of Science in Education in Counseling – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts – Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Elisa Woodruff has served as a counselor and trauma-informed therapist in a variety of settings including private practice, a community agency for youth and their families, and a university counseling clinic. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois, a National Certified Counselor, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Counseling. Prior to joining the faculty at Buena Vista University, she taught at Northern Illinois University and Adler University Chicago Campus.

A member of several divisions of the American Counseling Association and its related branches, Elisa frequently presents at conferences, workshops, and as a guest speaker/trainer. She maintains active membership and has served in leadership positions for the Illinois Counseling Association, the Illinois Association for Adult Development and Aging, Illinois Spiritual Ethical Religion and Values in Counseling division, and Illinois Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling. She is also a national and regional member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and a 2019-2020 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honors Society Excellence in Wellness Research Grant.

Elisa’s clinical and research interests include sexual and gender minorities, wellness and the mind/body connection, religion and values in counseling, the needs of older adults, and medical issues and disability.

Elisa Woodruff