Rodney Maiden

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

Dr. Rodney Maiden is a contributing faculty member in the Walden Clinical Mental Health Counselor program since 2024. Dr. Maiden is passionate about serving persons with disabilities and underrepresented populations. Dr. Maiden integrates his professional experiences with students and real-life circumstances to improve practice in the classroom. He has an extensive background working with persons with a disability, mental illness, or both.

He earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education from the University of Iowa (2014) and a Master's degree from The University of Texas-Denton (2005) in Rehabilitation Counseling and Southern University A&M College (2002) in Public Administration. Dr. Maiden is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)-Alabama and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Dr. Maiden has taught many core courses in counseling and practicum and internships for students in Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Dr. Maiden was the program director for the University of Wisconsin's Stout Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation program. He created one of the nation's first collaborative agreements in which students can graduate with an undergraduate degree and complete the Police academy. His academic and professional experiences in the field are transcultural, having served in Louisiana, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and India. His previous professional occupations include working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Forensic Rehabilitation Instructor, and Mental Health Technician.

Dr. Maiden has published several research-based articles and delivered numerous Regional, National, and International conference presentations. His research interests include multiculturalism, ex-offenders, disaster and trauma recovery, international studies, mental health issues within diverse populations, and disability issues.

He volunteers with various organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He serves as a Rehabilitation Counseling liaison for the ALCA Executive Board and The Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (ASADS).

Troy Montgomery Gamma Beta Phi selected Dr. Maiden as the 2022 Teacher of the Year, which he considers a significant highlight of his academic career.


PhD, The University of Iowa

MS, University of North Texas

MPA, Southern University and A&M College

BBA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe


Lu, J., Maiden, R., Lo, C., Driver, N. N. (2023). Examining Burnout and Its Correlates Among Rehabilitation Counselors: Implications for Research and Practice. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin

Maiden, R., Rogers, K. B., Faircloth, P. K., Driver, N., Ellison, L. A. (2022). Best Practices for Security of Electronic Public Health Information on Electronic Media Storage. Alabama Counseling Association Journal

Maiden, R., Rogers, K., Deroche, M. D., Farrell, S. J. (2022). Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors’ Perceptions and Experiences of Career Theory Usage with Clients with a Criminal Record.. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education