- Washington, D.C.
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Catherine Roland, Professor and Chair of the Counseling Program and Director of the PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision, is President of the American Counseling Association. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states and a National Certified Counselor. She received her Ed.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Cincinnati, and has been a private practitioner for 30 years, with adults in transition, older adults, couples and families and diverse populations. Dr. Roland has been a Counselor Educator, Department Chair, and Director of a PhD program in Counselor Education for over 20 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey, the University of Arkansas, and the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Roland has been nationally active for over 25 years with the American Counseling Association (ACA) the 57,000 member organization for counselors and Counselor Educators in the US and internationally. She has held many leadership positions, including President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA); ACA Governing Council Representative for three terms; and Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) Inaugural Conference Chair (2014). Dr. Roland is currently past Editor of ADULTSPAN Journal, the national peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Adult Development and Aging, published by ACA, and serves on multiple other national journal review boards.
Dr. Roland has been the recipient of many professional and leadership awards, such as several teaching awards while at the University of Arkansas; the 2013 Professional Leadership Award from the American College Counseling Association (ACCA); Presidential Mentor Award from AADA; and Distinguished Service Leadership Award, AADA. Most recently, Dr. Roland received the coveted Locke-Paisley Mentor Award, from the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) national division of ACA, while attending and presenting at the Southern Regional conference in Birmingham, AL.
If asked, Dr. Roland would likely tell you that her work as a practicing clinician for many years has been one of the the brightest lights professionally, right alongside her mentoring of graduate students on the Master's and PhD level. Her current position as ACA President is the apex of professional leadership one can attain, and Dr. Roland is humbled by the honor.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), New Jersey National Certified Counselor (NCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Louisiana