Doctoral Journey

Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE)

Michelle Robin Gould, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH.

Doctoral Student, Nova Southeastern University

Expected Graduation: 2024



The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in instructional technology and distance education is designed to prepare students who desire to lead education and training organizations in improving teaching and learning through the scientifically valid applications of instructional technology. (NSU, 2017)

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Higher education enriches my life and fuels my deep love for learning. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and I maintain a 4.0 GPA.

I have a B.A. in social psychology from Florida Atlantic University (1993), an M.S. in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University (NSU, 2012), and an M.A. in composition, rhetoric, and digital media (CRDM) from NSU (2017). For my CRDM master’s thesis, I completed several chapters of a book titled, “How to Build a Brand on Social Media from the Freedom of Your Phone!” That thesis was based on my work managing several social media sites.

I am currently working on my Ed.D. in instructional technology and distance education at NSU. My dissertation focuses on instructional systems design in lesson planning for substance use treatment groups.

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida, a national certified counselor (NCC), and a board-certified telemental health provider (BC-TMH). I specialize in treating addiction recovery and co-occurring disorders.

The growing options in online education provide opportunities for working persons, parents, and persons with disabilities to find fulfilling careers. I chose the Ed.D. concentration in instructional technology and distance education because I believe in the power of systems design and I treasure the flexibility and convenience of working remotely.

Research Interests

  • Clinicians’ perceptions of the role and use of instructional design in addiction recovery treatment.

  • Technology integration and e-learning in addiction and dual diagnosis treatment.

  • Instructional design for virtual therapy.

  • Learning capabilities and deficits of adults with substance use history.

  • Telecommunications and telemental health therapy in counseling and education.

  • Learning capabilities of adult substance use clients.

  • Collegiate recovery programs.

Post-Doctoral Goals

  • Deliver virtual counseling services.

  • Design online or blended treatment programs for addiction recovery treatment.

  • Design online continuing education courses for counselors.

  • Design online courses in positive psychology, addiction prevention, rhetoric and composition, and social media management.

  • Design digital personal development workshops and training programs.

  • Consult on instructional design for addiction recovery treatment programs.

  • Teach graduate courses in instructional design, technology integration, counseling, and writing.

  • Provide online advising and coaching services to virtual counselors and business owners.

  • Work to make online programs in addiction recovery insurable.

  • Train social media managers in content design and technical logistics.