University at Buffalo

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh (She/They)

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Phenomenological research methods; community-based participatory research; critical qualitative methods; social justice within educational systems

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;
Recent Publications:
  • Hutchison, B., Wambu, G., Leigh-Osroosh, K.T., Littrell, J.T., Lorenz, J.H., & Smith, H. (2023). School to Career 12th ed. Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher. Tinley Park: ILL.
Journal Article:
  • Kim, H., Molina, C. E., Watkinson, J. S., Leigh-Osroosh, K. T., & Li, D. (2024). Theory-informed School Counseling: Increasing efficacy through prevention-focused practice and outcome research. Journal of Counseling & Development, 102(2), 1–13.
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K. T. & Copeland, C.1 (2024). Distributive Justice for Native American Indigenous Peoples within Counseling. Counseling and Values., 69(1), 21–46.
  • Leigh-Osroosh, K. T. (2024). Career development in individuals living with epilepsy: A reflective lifeworld phenomenological study. The Career Development Quarterly, 1–15.
  • 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.
Recent Presentations:
  • 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.;
Recent Grants:
  • Creating inclusive school climates through racial literacy and community empowerment; Foundation and Research Organization; University at Buffalo CTSI Community Partnership Development Seed Grant; Awarded; (02/01/2024-12/31/2024)