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.

2024-2025 AARC Executive Council


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


Ryan Cook, Ph.D., Clemson University

Past President

Stephanie Crockett, Ph.D., James Madison University

Amanda Rumsey, Ph.D., Clemson University

Nayoung Kim, Ph.D., New York Institute of Technology

Member-at-Large Membership
Patrick Mullen, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Member-at-Large Publications
Erika Schmit, Ph.D., University of Mississippi

Member-at-Large Awards

Peitao Zhu, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

ACA Governing Council Representative
Casey Barrio Minton, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduate Student Representative

Brian Lusk (2023-2025), James Madison University

Scarlett Iglesias Hoyos (2024-2026), Penn State University

Learn more about how you can become a member of AARC