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.

2021-2022 AARC Executive Council

Elizabeth Prosek, Ph.D., Penn State University

Madeline Clark, Ph.D., University of Toledo

Past President
Philip Gnilka, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Andrew Burck, Ph.D.,  Marshall University

Ching-Chen Chen, Ph.D., University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Member-at-Large Membership
Randy Davis, Ph.D., University of Houston – Clear Lake

Member-at-Large Publications
Amanda La Guardia, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Member-at-Large Awards
Amanda Giordano, Ph.D., University of Georgia

ACA Governing Council Representative
Danica Hays, Ph.D., University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Graduate Student Representative
Mitchell Waters, Virginia Commonwealth University

Nancy Valverde, Penn State University

Learn more about how you can become a member of AARC