Immediate Past President
Samantha J. Herrick, PhD, CRC, NCC is an Assistant Professor with the Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions. Her primary responsibilities are to the Rehabilitation Counseling, Community Counseling Track Master’s degree program. Dr. Herrick has worked as a counselor and human services professional, in both community and higher education settings, for over 15 years. She began her career in vocational rehabilitation for people with significant disabilities with community agencies in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She later worked in disability support services at a The State University of New York at New Paltz and The Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at The Pennsylvania State University where a researcher/practitioner/educator model is espoused.
She obtained her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies from Springfield College and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, as a scholarship athlete, from The University of Rhode Island. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 2005 and a National Certified Counselor since 2008. Dr. Herrick has presented at both national and regional professional conferences on topics such as Universal Design for Instruction, counseling people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, small group interventions for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and promoting disability support services as a professional option for Rehabilitation Counselors. Her research interests include adaptation to college for students with disabilities, barriers to higher education for students with disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, and especially Autism Spectrum Disorders. More recently, Dr. Herrick was named Chair of the Health Related Professions Excellence in Teaching Award, and was awarded a 2013 Emerging Leaders Fellowship by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.