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Dr. Robert Smith Elected as American Counseling Association President

February 25, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Robert L. Smith, Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been elected to serve as the 63rd President of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors with 55,000 members. The ACA provides leadership training, research, continuing education, and advocacy services for counselors across the globe.

Dr. Smith was selected by voting members during a recent ACA election reflecting the highest level of voter participation of any election, approximately 2,900 members. Smith will begin his term as President-Elect on July 1, 2013, and will assume the role of ACA President on July 1, 2014. 

Smith has served as a leader at the state, national, and international levels. His most recent leadership position held was as the ACA Governing Council’s Parliamentarian during 2011-2012. Previously, Smith served on the Governing Council of ACA, President and Cofounder of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), and President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Currently, Smith is the IAMFC Executive Director.

His research emphasizes includes close to 100 refereed articles and book chapters and eight manuscripts on integration of theory and practice in substance abuse counseling and supervision, efficacy of developmental achievement motivation programs, and research focusing on graduate program pedagogy and family systems. Currently, Smith instructs masters and doctoral level counseling courses in the College of Education at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi. Current research includes addressing the need to facilitate children and adolescents’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies and careers.



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