About Us


The Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) is an organization of counselors, educators, and other professionals that advances the counseling profession by promoting best practices in assessment, research, and evaluation in counseling.


The mission of AARC is to promote and recognize excellence in assessment, research, and evaluation in counseling.


AARC is positioned to fulfill six fundamental purposes for counselors, clients, and other stakeholders:

  • Professional Development - to promote professional development which enhances competence in assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Professionalization - to advance the professionalization of counseling through the appropriate use of assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Research and Knowledge - to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding assessment, research, and evaluation procedures used in counseling;
  • Human Development - to advocate for optimal human development through culturally competent assessment, research, and evaluation practices;
  • Public Awareness - to support public policies and legislation that advance the ethical use of assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Collaboration - to enhance communication and collaboration among AARC, leadership within ACA and its divisions, and other professional organizations that address common, assessment, research, and evaluation concerns.

2016-2017 AARC Executive Council

Donna S. Sheperis, Palo Alto University

Catherine Chang, Georgia State University

Past President
A. Stephen Lenz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Kelly Emelianchik-Key, Florida Atlantic University

Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas

Member-at-Large Membership
Philip Gnilka, Virginia Commonwealth University

Member-at-Large Publications
Abigail Conley, Virginia Commonwealth University

Member-at-Large Awards
Stephanie Crockett, Oakland University

ACA Governing Council Representative
Donna Gibson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Graduate Student Representative
Isanely Kurtz, University of Texas-San Antonio

Learn more about how you can become a member of AARC.


Amanda C. La Guardia, PhD, LPC-S, NCC

I was introduced to AARC as a doctoral student.  I was immediately welcomed into this organization and provided leadership opportunities that have benefited me personally and professionally for over six years.  The experiences I have had as an active member of this association have been invaluable and I now encourage my students to join and get involved as I did.

Amanda C. La Guardia, PhD, LPC-S, NCC