Adam W. Carter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counseling


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Research Interests 

Adam W. Carter, Ph.D., joined NIU in the fall of 2016 and teaches in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited master’s and doctoral counseling programs and is the coordinator of the Trauma-Informed Counseling graduate certificate. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision form the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. 

Carter is licensed as a professional counselor with a supervisor’s credential (NC-LPCS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). His clinical experiences are broad having worked as a counselor and supervisor in community mental health clinics, in-home intensive settings, community advocacy agencies, and in private practice. Carter’s research and presentations focuses on preschool grief reactions, using play therapy with diverse populations, and LGBTQ issues in counseling and clinical supervision. In 2014, Carter was one of two inaugural Scholars-in-Residence with the American Counseling Association and helped developed strategies for empowering clinicians to conduct single-subject design research in community settings.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Counselor Education and Supervision)
  • M.Ed., University of Wisconsin-Stout (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • B.A., Berea College (Education Studies)
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