Kimberly A. Hart, NCC, PEL:SC, LPC, ACS

Community Counseling Training Center and Field-Based Experiences Director


Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)


  • Doctoral Candidate, Northern Illinois University
  • M.S.Ed. Counseling, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Kimberly A. Hart, M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, is the Director of the Community Counseling Training Center and Field-Based Experiences in the Counseling, Adult, & higher Education department at NIU, where she directs daily procedures and service provisions in the CCTC, teaches practicum and internship courses, provides academic advising to Master’s students, coordinates admissions processes for new applicants, and monitors student readiness for practicum and internship. She also provides supervision of department graduate assistants who support the admissions, CCTC, and counseling internship functions.  Kimberly Hart has an emerging program of research and scholarship that focuses on experiential learning and group facilitation,  intersectionality of cultural identities, inclusive practices professional organizations, compassionate and conscious social justice, and intersectionality of spirituality and sexuality for non-majority individuals. Kimberly’s scholarly work includes annual presentations at the local, regional, and national level.

Textbooks and Related Works

Lauka, J. D., Hart, K. A., Binhackova, M., & Friedman, E. N. (Spring, 2015). Cultivating Authentic Community in Counseling Programs through Faculty-Student Relationships.ACA VISTAS.

Special Interests, Service Work

Kimberly’s service work crosses several areas of mental health awareness, advocacy, and education. She is the current President for Illinois Counselors for Social Justice and Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work Secretary. Her advocacy and education work extends to NCBH Mental Health First Aid training for youth, adults, and higher education institutions, NBCC-I Mental Health Facilitator training, and Mindful Cross-Cultural group facilitation.

 Carrie Kortegast


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