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Brenda Gerhardt, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Professor, School Counseling (DeSales)

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Counselor Education and Human Services


Email: Brenda Gerhardt, Ph.D.
Phone: 614-376-1598
DeSales Campus
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


As a school counselor and counseling professor, Brenda advocates for a whole-child approach, including modeling coping and calming tools, teaching healthier eating, providing robust academic support, and destigmatizing mental illness.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. in School Counseling, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Science Education, The Ohio State University

Courses Taught

  • EDC 529 Career Counseling
  • EDC 531 Personality & Development Across the Lifespan
  • EDC 542, Crisis Intervention & Prevention in Educational Settings
  • EDC 547 Consultation & Leadership in School Counseling
  • EDC 568 Research & Evaluation in Human Services
  • EDC 585 Practicum in School Counseling
  • EDC 599 Internship in School Counseling

Professional Activities

  • American School Counselor Association
  • Ohio School Counselor Association
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association, Professional Member
  • Higher Education Consultants Association
  • Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, web master

Research Interests

  • Impact of trauma on student success
  • Postsecondary support for students impacted by the foster care system

Selected Publications and Presentations

Gerhardt, B., Murray, W., Cochran, C., Murray, T. (2017). Best practices in college readiness and transition for foster care alumni. Presentation at The Tri-State Diversity & Inclusion Conference. Portsmouth, Ohio

Gerhardt, B., & Maher, K., (2017). Trauma-informed care: Strategies to recognize and support students. Presentation at OTAGS Conference, Columbus, OH

Polk, S., Murray, W., Cochran, C., Gerhardt, B. (November 2016) Pathways Up! Best Practices in Support of College Readiness for Foster Care Youth and Students, Presentation at the Fall 2016 IECA National Conference, New Orleans, LA

Wood, C., & Gerhardt, B. (2009). Additional career assessment instruments. In E. Whitfield, R. Feller, & C. Woods (Eds.), A counselor’s guide to career assessment instruments (5th edition, pp. 471-479). Columbus, OH: National Career Development Association.

Gerhardt, B. (2007, Winter). Guidelines, 33(2).

Gerhardt, B. S. (2006). Book review: Amundson, Norman E.; Harris-Bowlsbey, Joann & Niles, Spencer, G. (2005). Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques.

Gerhardt, B., Dollarhide, C., & Moore, J. (2009, June). Superintendents’ perceptions and expectations of school counselors: Implications for training, practice, and policy, Presentation at the American School Counselor Association, National Conference.

Gerhardt, B., O’Brien, M. (2008, November). School counselor and special education collaboration: A model to support student success, Presentation at the All Ohio Counselors Conference, Columbus, OH.

Gerhardt, B., Taylor, D., Camp, B., & Cherry, L. (2007, November). How to build a collaborative counseling network in your community: A multi-disciplinary approach to community mapping. Presentation at the All Ohio Counselors Conference, Columbus, OH.