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Dr. Mary Ogechi Esere, Director, CCSCMary Ogechi Esere is a Senior 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. 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 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.

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 40 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. Some of Dr. Esere’s publications can be viewed on the following websites:

http://www.academicjournals.org/JAHR/contents/2009cont/Oct.htm

http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/unilorin/journals/education/ije/june2003/index.php

http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=26534&layout=abstract

http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=33951&layout=abstract

http://www.elliotfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html

http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_ifepsyc.html

http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?jid=277&tran=0&ab=njgc

http://www.bioline.org.br/hs http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=45&id=42518&layout=abstract

http://www.bentham.org/open/topolisj/openaccess2.htm

http://www.bentham.org/open/toarsj/openaccess-2.htm

http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=33311&layout=abstract

http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=33951&layout=abstract;

http://ajol.info/index.php/ife/article/view/51651;

http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=34444&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or

https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/strategies-for-resolving-marital-conflicts/isbn/978-3-639-30090-1

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 (http://ajol.info/index.php/njgc/about/editorialPolicies#custom), a journal that has just been re-engineered and re-tooled to meet international status under her leadership. Presently, she serves as a Consulting/Editorial board member to four learned peer-reviewed national and International journals namely International Journal of Economics, Education and Development (http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=346#board); Journal of African Studies and Development (http://www.academicjournals.org/JASD/index.htm); International Journal of Psychology and Counselling (http://www.academicjournals.org/ijpc/Editors.htm)

and Journal of Teacher Education.

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). She is currently working with a number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) including Women in Neighbourhood; Santos Creations Foundation and Association for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence (ASCA).

Some of her Publications include:

(a)    Thesis (Published): Relative effects of negotiation skills and cognitive restructuring in resolving marital conflicts among selected couples in Ilorin metropolis. Germany: VDM Verlag Aktiengesellschaft & Co. Websites: http://www.amazon.com/Strategies-Resolving-Marital-Conflicts-Restructuring/dp/3639300904https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/strategies-for-resolving-marital-conflicts/isbn/978-3-639-30090-1

(b)   Journal Articles (Published):

**2. Adegoke, A.A. & Esere, M.O. (1998).  Sources of stress and coping strategies among divorcees in Ilorin Metropolis.  The Counsellor: Journal of the Counselling Association of Nigeria, 16(1), 227 – 233.

**3. Asonibare, J.B. & Esere, M.O. (1999).  Belief Systems and attribution patterns of mental illness among Nigerians.  The Counsellor: Journal of the Counselling Association of Nigeria, 17(1), 73 – 79.

**4. Esere, M.O. & Idowu, A.I. (2000).  The effects of cognitive restructuring in resolving marital conflicts among selected couples in Ilorin.  Nigerian Journal of Applied Psychology, 6(1), 87 – 98. A publication of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Website: http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/publications/esere/Cognitive%20Restucturing.htm

**5. Esere, M.O. (2001).  Women empowerment and its challenges to gender counselling, Ahmadu Bello University Journal of Counselling and Human Development, (1), 16–31. A publication of Guidance and Counselling Section, Department of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

*6. Esere, M.O. (2002).  Approaches to marital therapy. The Nigerian Journal of  Guidance and Counselling, 8(1), 61-85. A publication of the Department of Counsellor Education, University of IIorin, IIorin.

Website: http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=29927&layout=abstract

**7. Esere, M. O. (2002). Attitude of secondary school students in Ilorin Metropolis towards wife battering. Nigerian Journal of Applied Psychology, 7(1), 113 – 125. A publication of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

*8. Esere, M.O. (2003).  Resolving conflicts in marriages: A Counsellor’s viewpoint.

Ilorin Journal of Education, 22(1), 26-41. A publication of Faculty of Education, University of IIorin, IIorin.

Website: http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/unilorin/journals/education/ije/june2003/index.php

*9. Esere, M.O.(2004). Globalisation and the challenges of human resource development. The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 11(1), 71-84. A publication of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of IIorin. Website: http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=26534&layout=abstract

**10. Esere, M. O. (2004). Assertiveness and coping skills training in improving the psychological well-being of widows. Nigerian Journal of Counselling and Applied Psychology, 2(1), 1-12. A publication of Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ado-Ekiti.

*11. Esere, M. O. (2005). Leadership Styles of Husbands in Homes: Implications for Family Stability. The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 10(1), 22-30. A publication of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of IIorin. Website: http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=33951&layout=abstract

***12. Esere. M.O. & Azekhueme, K. U. (2005). The Menace of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria: Implications for Counsellor Education Programme and Practice. African Journal of Educational Studies 4(2), 42-51. A publication of Faculty of Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

***13. Esere, M. O. & Arewah, M. O. (2006). Relationship between secondary school students’ perception of some home environmental factors and teachers’ assessment of their academic performance. African Journal of Educational Studies, 3(2), 167-187. A publication of Faculty of Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.

***14. Esere, M. O. (2006). HIV/AIDS awareness of in-school adolescents in Nigeria: Implications for adolescence sexuality. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 16(2), 253- 258.  (Published for the Working Group for African Psychology and the Africa Scholarship Development Enterprize, ASDE. Publishing Manager: Elliot and Fitzpatrick, Athens, Georgia, USA.

Website: http://www.elliottfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html

**15. Esere, M. O. (2006). Communication management skills training as marriage enrichment programme in the improvement of marital adjustment. The Counsellor, 23(1), 69-77. A publication of the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON).

***16. Esere, M. O. (2007). Effectiveness of six thinking hats training in improving the psychological well-being of prison in-mates in Ilorin. Ife Psychologia, 15(2), 132-142. A Publication of Ife Center for Psychological Studies.  Websites: http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_ifepsyc.html http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?jid=277&tran=0&ab=njgc.

**17. Esere, M.O. (2007). Constraints to national unity as perceived by selected adults in llorin metropolis: Implications for counseling. Sokoto Educational Review, 9(1), 53-65. A publication of Faculty of Education, Usman Dan Fodiyo University, Nigeria.

**18. Esere, M.O. & Agali, P.O. (2007). Behaviour patterns and adjustment needs of secondary school students in Ilorin. Sokoto Educational Review, 9(2), 50-59. A

publication of Faculty of Education, Usman Dan Fodiyo University, Nigeria.

**19. Esere, M.O. (2007). A cross ethnic study of the attitude of married women in Nigeria towards Female Genital Mutilation. African Journal for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 10(1), 114-125. (A publication of Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan).

***20. Esere, M. O. (2008). Effect of sex education programme on at-risk sexual behaviour of school-going adolescents in Ilorin, Nigeria. African Health Sciences 8(2), 122-127. A publication of Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda. Websites:

http://www.bioline.org.br/hs; http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=45&id=42518&layout=abstract

***21. Esere, M.O., Omotosho, J.A. & Arewah, M.C.O. (2008). Rational emotive behaviour   therapy in improving retirees attitude towards political participation. The Open Political Science Journal, 1, 44-47. A publication of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tampere, Finland. Website: http://www.bentham.org/open/topolisj/openaccess2.htm

***22. Omotosho, J.A. Esere, M.O. Aina, J.S. & Omotosho, F.A. (2008).The role of tertiary education stakeholders in stemming the tide of cultism on university campuses in Nigeria. The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 13(1), 3-14. (A publication of the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin). It is covered by African Journals Online, AJOL.

Website: http://www.ajol.info/viewarticle.php?jid=277&id=33311&layout=abstract. It is also abstracted and indexed by American Psychological Abstracts (APA) under its PsyclNFO database).

Website: http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psycinfo/coverage.aspx

***23. Esere, M.O., Idowu, A.I. & Omotosho, J.A. (2009). Gender-based domestic violence against children: Experiences of girl-children in Nigeria. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 19(1) 107-112. (Published for the Working Group for African Psychology and the Africa Scholarship Development Enterprize, ASDE. Publishing Manager: Elliot and Fitzpatrick, Athens, Georgia, USA. Website: http://www.elliottfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html

***24. Omotosho, J. A., Idowu, A.I. Esere, M. O. & Arewah, M. O. (2009). Problems  and  Counselling needs of unemployed youths in Nigeria. The Open Area studies Journal, (2), 1-6. A publication of Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA. Website: http://www.bentham.org/open/toarsj/openaccess-2.htm

***25. Esere, M.O., Idowu, A.I. & Omotosho, J.A. (2009). Causes and consequences of intimate partner rape and violence: Experiences of selected married women in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of AIDS and HIV Research, 1(1), 001-007. (A publication of Vilnius University, Lithuania).

Website: http://www.academicjournals.org/JAHR/contents/2009cont/Oct.htm

***26. Idowu, A.I., Durosaro, I.A. & Esere, M.O. (2010). Efficacy of Group Counselling Interventions (Positive Reinforcement and Self Control Techniques) in Remedying Truancy among School-Going Adolescents in Ilorin, Nigeria. Ife Psychologia, 18(1), 54-65. Website:  http://ajol.info/index.php/ife/article/view/51651

***27. Sodi, T., Esere, M. O., Gichinga, E.E. & Hove, P. (2010) Marriage and counselling in African communities: Challenges and counselling approaches A collaborative article with authors from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 20(2), 335-340. (Published for the Working Group for African Psychology and the Africa Scholarship Development Enterprize, ASDE. Publishing Manager: Elliot and Fitzpatrick, Athens, Georgia, USA.

Website: http://www.elliottfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html

***28. Idowu, A.I. & Esere, M.O. (2010). Assessment in Nigerian schools: A Counsellor’s viewpoint. Int. J. Education Economics and Development, 1(4), 338-347. Website: http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=34444&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or

***29. Omotosho, J.A., Esere, M.O. & Funsho, B.M. (2010). Gender differences in the expressed problems and adjustment needs of in-school orphans in Nigeria. Challenges for higher education and globalisation. Gender and Behaviour, 8(2), 3240-3252. A Publication of Ife Center for Psychological Studies. Website:

http://ajol.info/index.php/gab/article/view/61944

**30. Esere, M.O., Omotosho, J.A, &  Eweniyi, G.B. (2010).  Needs assessment of Guidance services in schools as a method for achieving quality education in Nigeria: An exploration study. Edo Journal of Counselling, 3(2), 269-278. An Official Publication of Edo State Chapter, Counselling Association of Nigeria.

Website: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ejc

***31. Salman, M.F., Esere, M.O., Omotosho, J.A., Abdullahi, O.E. & Oniyangi, S.O. (2011). Effects of two psychological techniques in improving academic performance of secondary school students in Nigeria. Ife PsychologiA, 19(1), 270-279. A Publication of Ife Center for Psychological Studies.

Websites: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ifep/article/view/64602

***32. Idowu, A.I. &  Esere, M.O. (2011). Challenges associated with assessment of candidates with special needs as expressed by special needs teachers in Nigeria. Journal of Educational Assessment in Africa, 5, 153-162. A publication of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA). Website: www.aeaafrica.org.

***33. Esere, M.O. & Idowu, A.I. (2011). Continuous assessment practices in Kwara State secondary schools, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Education and Society: International Perspective, 2(1), 71-77.

***34. Esere, M.O., Yusuf, J. & Omotosho, J.A. (2011). Influence of spousal communication on marital stability: Implication for conducive home environment. Edo Journal of Counselling, 4(2), 50-61. An Official Publication of Edo State Chapter, Counselling Association of Nigeria.  Website: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ejc

(c) Chapters in Books:

*35. Esere, M.O. (2003). Learning disabilities and learning problems. A chapter contribution in A. I. Idowu (Ed.), Guidance and Counselling in Education (pp. 124-144). A publication of the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

**36. Idowu, A. I. & Esere, M. O. (2007). Education for nation building and national development. In K. U. Nnadi (Ed.), Leading Issues in the Political Economy of Nigeria (pp. 114-127). Owerri: Career Publishers.

***37. Esere, M.O. & Idowu, A.I. (2010). Globalisation, ICT and Sexual Health of Nigerian Youths. In N.T Ekeanyanwu and C.I. Okeke (Eds.), Indigenous Societies and Cultural Globalization in the 21st Century. Germany: VDM Verlag Aktiengesellschaft & Co. Pp.113-132. Website: http://www.flipkart.com/indigenous-societies-cultural-globalization-21st-book-363925760x

***38. Esere, M.O., Omotosho, J.A. & Idowu, A.I. (2011). Useful Dimensions of Education in the Nigerian Family Traditions. In Bame Nsamenang and Theresa Tchombe (Eds), Handbook of Educational Theories and Practices: A Teacher Education Curriculum. Presses Universitaires d’Afrique. (pp. 257-270). Sponsored by Jacobs Foundation. Website:    http://www.unige.ch/fapse/SSE/teachers/dasen/home/pages/HDRC.htm.

***39. Idowu, A.I.; Esere, M.O. & Omotosho, J.A. (2011). The challenges of information and  communication technology and higher education system in Nigeria. In D.O. Durosaro & A.A. Adegoke (Eds.), Higher Education and Globalization. A Publication of Collaboration of Education Faculties in West Africa (CEFWA). pp 39-48.

(d) Edited Conference Proceedings (published):

**40. Esere, M. O. (2002). Counselling for quality education: Curriculum relevance as a focus. Edited Conference Proceedings, pp 43-48.  Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON) held at Uniben, Benin-City from 20th to 24th August, 2002. (The Official Publications of the Counselling Association of Nigeria, CASSON).

(e) Published Instructional Texts and Technical Report:

*41. Idowu, A. I. & Esere, M.O. (2007). Communication in counselling: A   multidimensional perspective. Ilorin: Tim-Sal Publishers.

*42. Esere, M.O. (2008). Communication in marital relationship in L.A. Yahaya, M.O. Esere, J.O. Ogunsanmi,  & A.O. Oniye (EDs.), Marriage, sex and family counselling. Ilorin: Unilorin Press. Website: http://www.yahayahmad.com/MARRIAGE,%20SEX%20AND%20FAMILY%20COUNSELLING.pdf

*43. Esere, M.O. (2008). Marital conflict resolution in L.A. Yahaya, M.O. Esere, J.O. Ogunsanmi,  & A.O. Oniye (Eds.), Marriage, sex and family counselling. Ilorin: Unilorin Press. Website: http://www.yahayahmad.com/MARRIAGE,%20SEX%20AND%20FAMILY%20COUNSELLING.pdf

(f) Accepted for Publication

***44. Esere, M.O., Omotosho, J.A.  Idowu, A.I. Self-disclosure in online guidance and counselling. A chapter contribution in an international book project titled Online Guidance and Counselling: Towards Effectively Applying Technology. To be published by IGI Global Publishers. Website: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=702

***45. Esere, M.O. & Salihu, O. N. Communication styles and marital adjustment of married adults in Kwara State, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Psychology and Counselling. An official Journal of Counselling Centre, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

 

NB:* Local Publications; **National Publications; *** International Publications.