University at Buffalo

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh (She/They)

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Clinical and Career Counseling; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Cultural Competence; Multicultural Competence; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; School and Community Partnerships; Mental Health; Social Justice; Qualitative Research Methods; Research Design; Program Evaluation; Research Methods; School and District Reform; School Counseling; Self-regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Training and Supervision

Professional Summary:

Dr. Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh is an experienced counselor educator and qualitative researcher. Her scholarship critically examines experiences of injustice within education and career development, the role of counselors in social justice work, community-participatory approaches in counseling, and Indigenous-centered and anti-racist practices.

Education and Training:
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Missouri- St. Louis, Counselor Education and Supervision (2018)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study, The University of New York at Buffalo, School Counseling (2013)
  • Masters in Education, The University of New York at Buffalo, School Counseling (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, Delaware Valley University, Livestock Science & Management (2010)
Awards and Honors:
  • Article of the Year, School Psychology Training and Pedagogy Journal (2023); National Association of School Psychologists; 2023-02-15;
  • Certificate of Appreciation; Society of Indian Psychologists Native-to-Native mentorship program; 2021-06-26;
  • Elementary school counselor of the year; St. Louis Public School District; 2018-05-19;
  • Supporting high-intensity mental health needs of Native and Indigenous youth: School psychologist and counselor advanced preparation (SHPA); Federal; Department of Education; Awarded; (10/01/2019-10/31/2025)
  • Hutchison, B., Wambu, G., & Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2022). School to Career 12th ed. Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher. Tinley Park: ILL.
Journal Article:
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K. T., Clemons, K., Robertson, A., Placeres, V., Gay, J., Lopez-Perry, C., Mason, E.C., Ieva, K.P., Lane, E.M.D., & Saunders, R. (2023). Antiracist school counseling: A consensual qualitative study. Journal of Counseling & Development, 1–13.
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., Sianez, L., Reinholz, D. L., & Shah, N. (2023). Data analytics for counseling education: EQUIP tool for equity-minded teaching. Teaching Briefs in Counselor Education, 1, 106-121.
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K. T. (2021). The Phenomenological House: A Metaphoric Framework for Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Design and Analysis. The Qualitative Report, 26(6), 1817-1829.
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., & Hutchison, B. (2019). Cultural Identity Silencing of Native Americans in Education. Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice, 4. Article 3.
  • Leigh, K.T., & Davis, M.D. (2017). U.S. public education: The ivy tower of historical trauma. Journal of Philosophy and History in Education, 67(1). 19-34.
Book Chapter:
  • Hutchison, B., Leigh, K.T., Wagner, H.H. (2016). Early adulthood: Emotional and social development. In M. Stauffer, & D. Capuzzi, (Eds), Human growth and development. Wiley Publishing Co, Hoboken: NJ
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2020, July 26). It’s time for JHS to rise above, acknowledge, and remove the mascot [Op-ed]. The Post Journal, A5.
Invited Lectures:
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2022, March). Career readiness: Thriving in today’s diverse work environments. [virtual webinar]. G-W Publisher.;
  • Pipitone, R., Brown, C., & Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2021, October). Balancing Self-Care & Ambition. [Virtual Webinar]. NJCDA;
  • Copeland, C., & Britton, R. (Host). (2021, February 28). Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh: Family Matters. [Audio podcast episode]. Diagnosing Sitcoms & Movies podcast. Podbean.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2020, June 10) [video conference]. Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association Post-PhD Alumni forum. Facebook.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., & Copeland, C., (2021, January). From positionality to relationality: Ethics and practice for working with Native American and Indigenous communities. [Webinar]. Association of Humanistic Counseling.;
  • Higgins, M. (Host). (2020, April 27). Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh: Indigenous communities and career development (No. 8) [Audio podcast episode]. Dive In: A podcast for Career Development professionals.;
  • Burt, I., Tosado, L.A., Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., & Prosser, T. (2023, February). Facilitating students’ journeys through their cultural trepidations: A racial healing group for counselors-in-training. Professional development institute, Counselors for Social Justice, virtual.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. & Copeland, C.1 (2023, March). Justice in counseling for Native American Indigenous Peoples. American Counseling Association, Toronto, Canada;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2023, March). Career identity development in individuals living with epilepsy. American Counseling Association, Toronto, Canada.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2023, March). Career identity development in individuals living with epilepsy. American Counseling Association, Toronto, Canada.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., Goodman-Scott, E. (2023, March). Qualitative Research 101. Evidence-based School Counseling Conference, Columbus, OH, United States.;
  • Pipitone, R., Brown, C., & Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2022, June). Balancing Health and Ambition: Applying health aware practices in career counseling [Virtual Conference Presentation]. NCDA Global Conference, Anaheim, California.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2022, March 12). A Community Based Participatory Framework for School Counseling Curriculum [Conference Presentation]. Evidence-based School Counseling Conference, virtual conference.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., & Robinson-Zañartu, R. (2022, April 24). Interprofessional Communities of Practice Model Towards Advancing Equity in Education. In Grimes, T. (Chair), Breaking Silos: Using collaboration to improve student mental health outcomes and create equitable education systems [Symposium]. American Educational Research Association Annual meeting. San Diego, CA, United States;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2020, June 24). Liberation requires disarmament: The metaphorization of social justice and need for critical action in counseling and education [Webinar]. Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) virtual summit.;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2020, November 12-14). ASE a framework for Native American/Indigenous student survivance. WACES Conference, Tucson, AZ, United States. (Conference canceled).;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2019, October 8-12). Silent no more: An exploration of cultural identity silence of Native students and their survivance [Conference Presentation]. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) annual convention., Minneapolis, MN;
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K.T. (2020, January 15-20). Deconstructing the phenomenological house: A philosophical tool to learning descriptive phenomenological analysis [Conference Presentation]. The Qualitative Report (TQR) 9th annual conference. Fort Lauderdale, Fl.;
  • Robinson-Zañartu, C., Haswood, T., Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., Vance, K. (2019, October 8-12). Decolonizing professional preparation: A university-school-community collaboration [Conference Presentation]. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) annual convention. Minneapolis, MN.;
  • Burnam, H., & Leigh, K.T. (2018, October 11-13). Native identity as researcher/researched: Finding complexities and empowerment through reflexivity, indigenous knowledge, and storytelling [Conference Presentation]. American Indigenous Research Association Annual Meeting (AIRA). Polson, MT.;
  • Leigh, K.T. (2015, October 7-11). Exploring critical conscious school counseling experience and strategies for resisting oppression [Conference Presentation]. Presented at the biennial conference of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Philadelphia, PA.;
  • Leigh, K.T., Hutchison, B., Culver, J., & Cook, J. (2015, October 7-11). Counselor socio-political awareness development through a cultural immersion experience [Conference Presentation]. Presented at the national biennial conference of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Philadelphia, PA;
  • Leigh, K.T., & Heissler, K., (2015, February). Roadmap to developing an online Orientation [Conference Presentation]. Presented at the bi-annual regional IV conference of the National Association for Orientation Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA), St. Louis, MO.;
  • Hutchison, B., & Hubbard, K. (2014, March). Refining our “different” adult voice: A relational- cultural approach to counseling practice [Conference Presentation]. Presented at the annual spring conference of the American Counseling Association of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO.;