Melissa J. Fickling, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS joined the NIU faculty in 2017. 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. 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 and loss, identity and spiritual issues. She is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of College Counseling. 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 and Cultural Inclusion.
- Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- M.A., Counseling, Roosevelt University
- B.A., University of North Texas