Janee Both Gragg

Professor; Department Chair
School of Education, Department of Counseling and Human Services

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Areas of Expertise

  • Community engagement
  • Professional partnership development
  • Community service learning
  • Grant writing
  • Public speaking
  • Psychotherapy with couples, families and individual adolescents and adults
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Clinical and academic program/curriculum development
  • Counselor education


Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University

B.A. Psychology, Southern Adventist University

For the Media

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P: 909.748.8831
E: janee_bothgragg@redlands.edu


As a first-generation Hispanic student and now professor, helping others reach their academic and career goals is an important focus of my work both in and outside of the classroom. Earning a Master’s degree is challenging and can require a number of sacrifices but the rewards, as you enter a profession you are passionate about and well suited for can last the rest of your life. I am committed to training students as social justice advocates and ensuring that the next generation of counselors possess appropriate leadership and advocacy skills to navigate the future of the mental health profession with a focus on changing lives and transforming communities. This work will help ensure that collectively we can reform our understanding of mental health and wellness revolutionizing our service delivery models and ensuring equity of care.

Areas of Expertise


-Academic program/curriculum development

-Professional partnership development

-Community service, experiential and project based learning

-Grant writing

-Public speaking


-Clinical program/curriculum development

-Psychotherapy with couples and families

-Psychotherapy with adolescents

-Substance abuse counseling

-Developmental life transitions

-Crisis intervention

Academic Interests

-Strategies for Integrating social justice and advocacy instruction in counselor education

-Youth perceived barriers to counseling access and utilization

-Advocacy for school based mental health

-Mental health service delivery reform

Research & Professional Highlights

My work spans a range of education and counseling topics often through a social justice lens, frequently challenging the status quo, and advocating for systemic change. The scholarship of engagement requires that the institution brings its resources to advance the work of the community while the community offers its support in the pursuit of knowledge and the social cause. I intentionally seek to position my work in the larger community within which the university is located, opening the door to partnerships that will benefit from applied knowledge and opening pathways for comprehensive multisystemic change.

In 2014 I founded the Alliance for Community Transformation and Wellness (ACTW) to engage the community in conversations about and action toward mental health and wellness as a strategy to decreasing the stigma and discrimination associated with seeking and accessing mental health counseling. Since its inception, ACTW has developed a number of pathways for engaging the campus and Inland Empire community in a range of mental health and wellness outreach and education activities.

To learn more please visit: https://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/school-of-education/center-for-educational-justice/actw/

To join the Alliance, become a partner or get involved please email: janee_bothgragg@redlands.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com /ACTWevents/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.co m/actw_redlands/

Vibe Festival of Wellness Instagram: https://www.instagram.co m/vibeactw/

Weebly: https://www.vibefestivalof wellness.com/

Degrees & Licensures

Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy 

Loma Linda University Department of Counseling and 2006

Family Sciences, Loma Linda, CA 


M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University, Department of Counseling and 1998

Family Sciences, Loma Linda, CA 


Drug & Alcohol Counseling-Certificate

Loma Linda University, Department of Counseling and 1998

Family Sciences, Loma Linda, CA


B.A. Psychology

Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN 1995


California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

February 2007-Present

License No. MFC 44311


California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 

March 2014-Pewawnr

License No. LPCC 905


Bechard, A. & Both Gragg, J. (In Press). Microaggressions and the Marginalization of First Generation Professors: Professional Assimilation and Competency Development. Taboo: Culture in Education.

Both Gragg, J., Goodyear, R., Scheier, L., Krafft, L. (2016). Using Multivariate Concept Mapping to Examine Counselor Educators’ Implicit Model of The Profession’s Functions. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, (5) 141-155.

Goodyear, R.K., R. Mitchell, R., Both Gragg, J., Mirci, P., Morgan, R. (2016). Actions Characteristic of Social Justice Behavior in Education Settings: A Prototype Perspective. AERA Open, 2 (3) 1-16.

Nava, Y. & Both Gragg, J. (2015). Counselor Preparedness in Special Education Advocacy. Journal of School Counseling. South Carolina Counseling Forum.

Goodyear, R., Lichtenberg, J., Keeyeon, B., Both Gragg, J. (2014). Ten Changes Psychotherapists Typically Make as they Mature into the Role of Supervisor. Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session.

Jones, J. & Both Gragg, J. (2012). Transitional Foster Youth's Perception of Preparation to Act as Self-Advocates: A Phenomenological Study. The Family Journal, 20 (4) 411-418.

Both Gragg, J. & Wilson, C. (2011) Mexican-American Family’s Perceptions of the Multirelational Influences on Their Adolescent’s Engagement in Substance Use Treatment. The Family Journal, 19 (3) 299-306.

Professional Affiliations, Societies & Memberships

California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (2011-present)

American Counseling Association, Division of Counselor Education and Supervision (2009-present)


California Association of School Counseling, Counselor Advocate of the Year (Fall 2012)

YMCA East Valley Service Award (Summer 2018)