Texas Tech University

Ian Lértora, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: ian.lertora@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8049

Office: Education 209

Vita

I have found that throughout the tenure of my professional career I have been a teacher in some shape or form in every position I have held.  A valuable lesson I learned from being an educator and counselor is that teachers who remember what it is to be a student have the potential to be great teachers.  For this reason I maintain my mindset of being a lifelong learner, paired with the belief that all people have something to valuable to share. My passion lies in seeing students, clients, and people going through the process of learning and actualizing newly learned, or previously forgotten concepts and material, while integrating them into their everyday lives.

Currently I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counseling Intern (LPC-Intern), Humanistic Sandtray Therapist, and Certified School Counselor (CSC). Additionally, I hold a valid Texas teacher certification in Early Childhood-4th grade, Special Education K-12, and Physical Education (K-12). 

Dr. Ian Lértora, Ph.D.

Education

  • Counselor Education Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX: 2016
  • MA in Counseling- Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX: 2013
  • BS in Psychology – Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR: 2003 

Areas of Expertise

  • International student transition
  • Integration of counseling into student support services
  • Innovative teaching strategies for Counselor Education
  • The understanding and application of Relational Cultural Theory in counseling and education

Selected Publications

Lértora, I., & Starkey, J. (2021). Tracking Thought Squirrels: A Relational Cultural Approach to Counseling Couple. The Family Journal. Doi: 1066480720986110.

Lértora, I., Croffie, A., Dorn-Medeiros, C., & Christensen, J. (2020). Using Relational Cultural Theory as a Pedagogical Approach for Counselor Education. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1687059

Li, C., Lértora, I., Lin, Y., & Dowda, R. (2020). The TRAINing Technique: An Experiential Process Fostering Growth in Counselors in Training. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1-13.

Lértora, I., & Croffie, A., (2019). Using Relational-Cultural Theory to Conceptualize International Student Transitions, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1638862

Lértora, I., & Sullivan, J. M. (2019). The Lived Experiences of Chinese International Students Preparing for the University-to-Work Transition: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study. The Qualitative Report24(8), 1877-1896.

Lértora, I., & Croffie, A., (2019). Using Relational-Cultural Theory to Conceptualize International Student Transitions, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1638862

Lertora, I. M., & Croffie, A. L. (2019). The Lived Experiences of International Students in a CACREP Counseling Program. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-019-09394-6

Lertora, I.
, Henriksen, R., Starkey, J., & Li, C., (2017).  International students' transition experiences in Rural Texas: A phenomenological study.The Qualitative Report.

Lertora, I., Sullivan, J., & Croffie, A., (2017). They are Here Now What Do We do? Recommendations for Supporting International Student Transitions. VISTAS 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/vistas/supporting-international-student-transitions.pdf?sfvrsn=

Grants

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)- U.S. Department of State- Funded 2017, *2019, **2020-21

 

*Dr. Lértora's role as counselor was named by the department of state as a Best Practice for all future grant applications and elevated Texas Tech on a renewal cycle for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

**Program delayed 1 year due to COVID-19