Texas Tech University

Ian Lértora, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Counselor Education

Email: ian.lertora@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8049

Office: Education 209


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.


  • 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

Selected Publications

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=

Lertora, I., Lui, V., Robles-Pina, R., Starkey, J., & Roach, E. (2015). Experiential satisfaction predictors of the international student experience. The Tennessee Counseling Association Journal. 7 (1), 35-50.

Stulmaker, H., Lertora, I., & Garza, Y. (2015). Facilitating empathic perspective taking in beginning child-centered play therapists: The role of supervision.International Journal of Play Therapy 24 (4), 177-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039330