Ashley Ackerman

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Ashley M. Ackerman received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at The University of Cincinnati in August 2024. She serves as a Contributing Faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Walden University. Dr. Ackerman began as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati and has taught the following courses: Fundamental Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Counseling Children & Adolescents, Introduction to Statistics in Counseling, Assessment in Counseling, Capstone in Substance Abuse Counseling, and Internship Site Coordinator in Counseling. Professionally, Dr. Ackerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio (C.1400252) and has worked as a clinician in Outpatient, Crisis Care, and Disaster Mental Health roles, specializing in existential trauma treatment. Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Programs, Training, and Education at an Ohio Mental Health and Recovery County Board and is interested in scholarship related to community behavioral health issues at the systemic level.


PhD, The University of Cincinnati

MS, Wright State University

Public Service

The American Red Cross, Volunteer -

Miami Valley Counseling Association , President - Dayton

Awards / Honors

Doctoral Leadership Fellow, Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society , 2018

Outstanding Practitioner Award, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), 2017

Outstanding Woman Scholar Award, The University of Akron, 2010


Ackerman, A. An existential study of burnout in a sample of disaster mental health practitioners .

Ackerman, A. (2017). An integrated model for counselor social justice advocacy in child welfare. . The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families.

Ackerman, A., Wantz, R. A., Firmin, M. W., Poindexter, D. C., Pujara, A. L. (2014). Mental health service providers: College student perceptions of helper effectiveness. . The Professional Counselor: Research and Practice


Ackerman, A. M. (2023). An existential study of burnout in a sample of disaster mental health practitioners .

Ackerman, A. (2019). Mind and body: The psychological and physiological impact of sexual trauma. . COMPASS Rape Crisis Center

Ackerman, A. (2015). Vicarious traumatization and secondary traumatic stress: Reducing risk for foster parent caregivers. . Family Services Association

LaGuardia, A. C., Ackerman, A., Emelianchick-Key, K. (2018). Adolescent self-directed violence: Prevention and intervention strategies. . American Counseling Association