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HOD Counsellor Education

Dr. Mary Ogechi Esere , JP

Abbreviated Biography/Profile

Mary Ogechi Esere is a Lecturer in the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. She graduated from the University of Calabar with a second class honours (upper division) in Education French in 1990. She had additional training at the Université de Franche Comté, Besançon, France in 1998. Dr. Esere earned her doctorate degree in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Ilorin in 2001.

Dr. Esere started her career as a Lecturer II in the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria in 2002. She moved up to the status of Lecturer I in 2005.  In recognition of her scholarly publications, exemplary contribution to teaching and sterling administrative qualities she was promoted to the rank of a Senior Lecturer by the University of Ilorin in 2008 and a Reader in 2014. Since her appointment in the University, she has served and is still serving in various capacities as level adviser, faculty based examination officer, secretary/member to various university based committees, post graduate seminar coordinator, internal examiner to cooperating departments, Head of Department among other duties.


Dr. Esere has a flair for teaching, organising practicum activities and doing research work. She has successfully supervised many graduate and postgraduate projects both within and outside Nigeria. She is particularly interested in development-oriented researches. She is one of the authors of a Jacobs Foundation sponsored international landmark book project aimed at revolutionising teacher education in Africa. She has also participated in another international book project on Indigenous Societies and Cultural Globalization in the 21st Century. She has collaborated with authors from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe on African marriage theories and practices. Dr. Esere has attended conferences and workshops on development driven researches in Africa and USA.

Dr Esere’s research efforts have gravitated around a number of issues surrounding sex, marriage, and family counselling, gender issues, communication in marital therapy and general counselling-related issues. She has conducted surveys on gender-based domestic violence; intimate partner rape and violence; at-risk sexual behaviour of school-going adolescents; counselling needs of unemployed youths in Nigeria; adolescent and youth risk-taking behaviours. She has been involved in developing psychological support programmes for couples in conflict and implementation strategies for youth programming and young people. These efforts have resulted in well over 70 research articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journal outlets and conference proceedings with two scholarly books on marriage, sex and family counselling as well as communication in counselling.

Dr. Esere is highly interested in journal matters. She has just finished her tenure as the Business Editor of The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, a journal that has just been re-engineered and re-tooled to meet international status under her leadership. Presently, she serves as a Managing Editor/Consulting/Editorial board member to four learned peer-reviewed National and International journals namely Institute Journal of Studies in Education, Ilorin Journal of Education, Journal of African Studies and Development and International Journal of Psychology and Counselling.

Dr. Esere belongs to many professional associations including Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON); Nigerian Society for Educational Psychologists (NISEP); International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance (ISIA) and National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS). International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA). Dr. Esere is happily married with children.