Kimberly A. Hart, Ph.D., LCPC, PEL:SC, NCC, ACS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Community Counseling Training Center, Counseling Field-Experience Coordinator, Counseling Admissions Coordinator


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University
  • M.S.Ed. Counseling, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Kimberly A. Hart, Ph.D. directs daily procedures and service provisions in the Community Counseling Training Center (CCTC), teaches practicum and internship courses, provides academic advising to master's and doctoral students, coordinates admissions processes for new applicants, and monitors student readiness for practicum, internship, and professional practice. She also provides supervision of department graduate assistants who support the admissions, CCTC, and counseling internship functions and research endeavors. Professor Hart has evolving research and scholarship interest in experiential learning, group work, intersectionality of cultural identities, inclusive practices professional organizations, compassionate and conscious social justice, and intersectionality of spirituality and sexuality for non-majority individuals. Professor Hart's scholarly work includes annual presentations at the local, regional and national level.


  • Lenes, E., Swank, J. M., Hart, K. A., Machado, M. M., Darilus, S., Ardelt, M., Smith-Adcock, S., Lane, M. R., and Puig, A. (2020). Color-conscious multicultural mindfulness training in the counseling field. Journal of Counseling and Development, 98, 147–158. doi:10.1002/jcad.12309 
  • Raheem, M. A. and Hart, K. A. (2019, March). Complexity and intersectionality of crisis and trauma in counseling those of African descent. Counseling Today. 
  • Hart, K. A. (Fall, 2018). Multicultural inclusion: A phenomenological study of men of color who are professional counselors. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest 
  • Lauka, J. D., Hart, K. A., Binhackova, M., and Friedman, E. N. (Spring, 2015). Cultivating Authentic Community in Counseling Programs through Faculty-Student Relationships. ACA VISTAS.

Special Interests and Service Work

Professor Hart's service work crosses several areas of mental health awareness, advocacy, leadership, and education. Professor Hart is a past president of the Illinois Counseling Association (2019-2020), Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work (2016-17) and Illinois Counselors for Social Justice (2015-16). Professor Hart's advocacy and education work extends to service and consultation on Mental Health First Aid for youth, adults and higher education institutions, trauma-informed education, multicultural inclusion, and healing racism through Mindful Cross-Cultural group facilitation. Professor Hart's efforts extend outward from her efforts to improve the connections with and empowerment of Black, indigenous, people of color in the general population and counseling profession.


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