Melissa Fickling
Assistant Professor


Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Melissa J. Fickling, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS joined the NIU faculty in 2017. She completed her doctoral work in Counseling and Counselor Education in 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master’s degree in Counseling at Roosevelt University. Her primary research interests are focused on the intersections of work, mental health, and meaning. She also does research in the areas of clinical supervision and career counseling. Dr. Fickling has practiced professional counseling in higher education, community, and private practice settings and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois. Her clinical interests include adult career transition, grief & loss, identity, and spiritual issues.  She is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of College Counseling Dr. Fickling was the 2016-2017 Edwin L. Herr fellow for Chi Sigma Iota and currently co-chairs the National Career Development Association’s Committee on Diversity Initiatives & Cultural Inclusion.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • M.A., Roosevelt University

  • B.A., University of North Texas

Melissa Fickling


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