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Dr. Rebecca Newgent
CNED Department Chairperson & Professor
Office: Room 277
Rebecca Newgent joined Western Illinois University in 2011 as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education after working at the University of Arkansas for almost a decade. Dr. Newgent received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Akron. Dr. Newgent has counseled clients in a variety of settings including an outpatient community mental health center for adults with severe emotional disabilities, two university counseling and development centers, two parochial family service agencies, and in private practice. Additionally, she worked as an Emergency Clinician for a County Psychiatric Emergency Services and volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Services Unit. Dr. Newgent has an extensive teaching, research, and service record. She has taught 20 different courses in the Counseling area and has assisted in the Educational Statistics and Research Methods and Educational Technology areas. She has in excess of 35 publications and 100 presentations. Partnering with entities such as the National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems, Dr. Newgent has been the principal/co-principal investigator or team member on research endeavors that have been successful in developing grant proposals that have been awarded external funds in excess of $600,000. In addition to disseminating her research findings through publication, she has facilitated the utilization of findings by conducting workshops and seminars at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. Dr. Newgent’s research interests include measurement and evaluation in counseling, counseling/clinical/supervision, and at-risk children (peer victimization/bullying, academic, behavior, and social problems). Dr. Newgent is currently a site-visit team member for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has over a decade of CACREP-related activities. Professional organizations include the American Counseling Association, American Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, American Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American Educational Research Association Divisions E & H, School / University Collaborative Research SIG, Educational Statisticians SIG, and Chi Sigma Iota. Dr. Newgent loves musicals and operas, gourmet cooking, and is an enthusiastic sports fan.
CORE Editor (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016)