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Erin Friedman, Ph.D., LPC (IL), NCC

Assistant Professor
Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D, Syracuse University
M.S. Ed, Northern Illinois University

B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Contact Information


Before accepting a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Saint Joseph’s Counseling program, Dr. Friedman was a visiting assistant professor for the department. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for both Northwestern University and Syracuse University’s counseling programs. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and has clinical experience in both community mental health centers as well as providing mental health services in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has practical experience in K-12 schools, including clinical training, supervising school-counselors-in-training, and extensive participation in collaborations between non-profit organizations and public schools.


American Counseling Association
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
American School Counselor Association
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
Counselors for Social Justice

Courses Taught

Ethics and Standards of Practice, Appraisal/Assessment in Counseling, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Multicultural Counseling, Theories of Career Development, Internship, and other graduate-level counselor preparation courses


Dr. Friedman’s current research focuses on school counselors’ use of data in comprehensive school counseling programs. One of the data behaviors she is most interested in exploring is how schools use data to recognize and address inequities. Additionally, Dr. Friedman is interested in learning about how school counselors utilize data as a form of advocacy to address barriers impeding students’ success. Relatedly, her research also focuses on the preparation of counselors-in-training in using data to inform their practice as counselors. She has also researched adjunct instructors’ experiences with professional gatekeeping. Lastly, her research interests are also impacted by students’ research interests. She has co-presented with students on projects and supported their independent projects.