Dr. Erin M. Dugan, Ph.D.




Dr. Erin Dugan is the Dean of the LSUHSC School of Allied Health Professions, a Professor of Counseling, and the Clinical Director of the LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic.

Dr. Dugan joined our Allied Health faculty 16 years ago and served as Interim Department Head of Counseling for 10 years. She was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 2014. She has served the School in numerous capacities, including as Title IX representative, SACSCOC representative, Chair of the Clinical Coordinators, Academic Affairs, and Faculty Practice Committees as well as served as a committee member on the Promotion & Tenure, Honors, and Recruitment Committees. Dr. Dugan was elected President of the School of Allied Health Professions Faculty Assembly in 2009.  She led the LSU Health New Orleans Faculty Senate from 2012-2013. She has shared her expertise with Health Sciences Center committees, including Website Policy, International Education Programs, Student Health, Commencement, APRIL, PALS, and the LSUSHC Leadership Academy.

In 2006, Dr. Dugan established the LSUHSC Child and Family Counseling Clinic, where she remains its Clinical Director. The clinic provides mental health services to children and families in the greater New Orleans area and offers internships to students and graduates seeking mentorship, supervision, and training.

Externally, Dr. Dugan is also a recognized leader at the national and state levels. A National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, she was named Chair of Board of Directors for the national Association for Play Therapy in 2020. Dr. Dugan was elected President of the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy in 2011 as well as the Louisiana Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors in 2010 and serves on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Counseling Association Board as a Co-Editor for the Association's peer-reviewed journal.

Most recently, Dr. Dugan has received recent media attention around the children's books she co-authored -- When the Lights Went Out: A Story About Hurricane Ida, Caroline Conquers Her Corona Fears, and Caroline Conquers The World!