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.

2014-2015 AARC Executive Council

Shawn Spurgeon, University of Tennessee

Carrie Wachter Morris, Purdue University

Past President
Casey Barrio Minton, University of North Texas

Jacqueline Swank, University of Florida

Donna Sheperis, Walden University

Member-at-Large Membership
Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas

Member-at-Large Publications
Andrew Burck, Marshall University

Member-at-Large Awards
Amanda LaGuardia, Sam Houston State University

ACA Governing Council Representative
Joshua Watson, Mississippi State University - Meridian

Graduate Student Representative
Jessica Holm, University of North Texas

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