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  • Dr. Deb Osborn

    Associate Professor

    3206G Stone Building

    (850) 644-3742

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  • Dr. Deb Osborn is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Counseling Services in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department at Florida State University. Her current research focuses primarily on factors that impact individuals’ career development. She also has a passion for exploring “what works” in service delivery, with a special interest in the role technology plays in enhancing and extending services.

    Dr. Osborn’s work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, such as The Career Development Quarterly, The Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Canadian Psychology, and Professional School Counseling.

    In her position as Associate Professor, she teaches courses such as Career Development, Consultation, Computer Applications in Counseling Psychology & Other Human Systems, the Career Counseling Internship, and the doctoral practicum at the FSU Career Center.

    Dr. Osborn holds several memberships in professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision, and the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She has served on national professional boards, is past NCDA President, and currently on the boards of both NCDA and ACA.

    Dr. Osborn is Co-Director and Research Associate for the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development at FSU. In this position, she is responsible for conducting research on the design and use of information technology in counseling, as well as the study of vocational behavior and the delivery of career services.

    Over the course of her career, she has been honored with several awards, including the Robert M. Gagné Faculty Research Award (2015), the JoAnn Harris- Florida Counseling Association Bowlsbey Award for Excellence in the Field of Technology in Career Development (2010), Outstanding Practitioner Award (National Career Development Association; 2009), Counselor of the Year (Florida Counseling Association; 2006), and the American Counseling Association’s Emerging Leader Award (2005). She is also a nationally certified counselor, and a fellow of both the American Counseling Association and the National Career Development Association. She also coordinates the CACREP-accredited MS/EdS program in Career Counseling.

    Research Areas:

    • Understanding the relationship between mental health and career concerns
    • Identifying predictors of and best practices for increasing positive career outcomes and decreasing negative outcomes
    • Exploring the role technology can play in enhancing and extending services


    Meet Dr. Osborn’s research team here!