Dr. Amy Milsom has been named chair of the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC) in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE). Her appointment began in July.
Milsom earned an Ed.D. in Counselor Education, an M.Ed. in Counselor Education - School Counseling, and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music all from Penn State University.
“I have always heard good things about the HPC programs at Appalachian. I was looking for an opportunity to assume more of a leadership role, and knowing the reputation of the programs and having the opportunity to move to cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery made the choice easy.”
Milsom comes to Appalachian from Clemson University where she served as professor and program coordinator of counselor education. She has also served as assistant professor of school counseling at both the University of North Carolina Greensboro and University of Iowa.
Milsom has also started her second of five years on the Board of Directors for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). She was also was named an American Counseling Association Fellow in 2017.
“I have always heard good things about the HPC programs at Appalachian,” said Milsom. “I was looking for an opportunity to assume more of a leadership role, and knowing the reputation of the programs and having the opportunity to move to cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery made the choice easy.”
Milsom’s research centers around college, career, and postsecondary transition planning, with an emphasis on students with disabilities. She also conducts research related to counselor preparation and professionalism. Her co-authored book, Career and college readiness counseling in P-12 schools, second edition published in 2017, has been adopted by the American School Counselor Association as required reading for their career development specialist training.