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, Ill.; Master’s of Science in Education in Counseling – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.; Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts – Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.

Dr. 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 Certified Tele-Mental Health Associate (CTMH-A), 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. She currently sees telehealth clients in part-time private practice.

A member of several divisions of the American Counseling Association and its related branches, Dr .Woodruff 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, 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 was a 2019-2020 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honors Society Excellence in Wellness Research Grant.

Dr .Woodruff’s clinical and research interests include sexual and gender diversity, wellness and the mind/body connection, systemic and generational trauma, religion and values in counseling, the needs of older adults, and medical issues and disability. She is the author of several book chapters and serves as a Diversity Ambassador for BVU.

In her spare time, Dr. Woodruff plays several musical instruments, engages in physical exercise, volunteers in her community, and enjoys time with her dog Scout.


Counseling Theories, Research Methods, Social and Cultural Foundations, Group Counseling, Advanced Techniques and Crisis Intervention, Career Counseling, and Trauma-Informed Counseling

Elisa Woodruff