About Us

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

Our Purpose

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.

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.

2018-2019 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