Kenneth Hergenrather

Kenneth Hergenrather
Professor, Counseling
(202) 994-1334

Dr. Hergenrather has been awarded $2,000,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.

He has authored more than 45 peer reviewed articles, co-authored 5 book chapters, and presented more than 75 peer-reviewed national/international presentations.

He is a past President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and an Executive Board Member for the National Working Positive Coalition.

Dr. Hergenrather serves on the editorial boards for AIDS Education and Prevention, the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, and Rehabilitation Research, Education, and Policy Journal. He also serves as a member of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC-CFAR) as well as its sub-group: MSM Scientific Interest Group.

Dr. Hergenrather held a visiting professorship with the Health & Lifestyles Intervention Applied Research Center at Coventry University in the UK from 2006-2011 while concurrently serving as a Research Fellow for the American Psychological Association Cyber-mentors from 2008-2011.

Dr. Hergenrather received the 2008 NCRE Researcher of the Year Award, the 2009 University of South Carolina School of Medicine Distinguished Master's Alumni Award, and the 2011 National Rehabilitation Association Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Professional Development Award.

Ph.D., Auburn University
M.R.C., University of South Carolina School of Medicine
M.S.Ed., University of Toledo
B.B.A., University of Toledo


Hergenrather, K.C., Emmauel, A. D., & Rhodes, S.D. (in press) Employment as a social determinant of health: Exploring the relationship between neurocognitive function and employment status.

Hergenrather, K. C., Emmanuel, D., Durant, S., & Rhodes, S. D. (2016). Enhancing HIV prevention among young men who have sex with men: A systematic review of HIV behavioral interventions for young gay and bisexual men. AIDS Education & Prevention, 28(3).

Hergenrather, K. C., Zeglin, R., Conyers, L., Misrok, M., & Rhodes, S. D. (2016). Persons living with HIV/AIDS: Employment as a social determinant of health. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30(1), 4-31

Hergenrather, K. C., Zeglin, R., McGuire-Kuletz, M., & Rhodes, S. D. (2015). Exploring employment as a social determinant of health: A systematic review of longitudinal studies identifying employment trajectories and mental health outcomes. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education 29(3), 261-290.

Hergenrather, K. C., Zeglin, R., McGuire-Kuletz, M., & Rhodes, S. D. (2015). Employment as a social determinant of health: A review of longitudinal studies exploring the relationship between employment status and physical health. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education 29(1), 2-26.

Hergenrather, K. C., Geishecker, S., Clark, G, & Rhodes, S. (2014). Employment as a social determinant of health: An urban partnership’s experience with intervention development and implementation using CBPR. In S. Rhodes (Ed.) Innovations in HIV prevention and practice through community engagement. New York: Springer.

Hergenrather, K. C., Geishecker, S., Clark, G. & Rhodes, S. D. (2013). A pilot test of the HOPE intervention to explore employment and mental health among African American gay men living with HIV/AIDS: Results from a CBPR study. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25(5), 405-422.

Hergenrather, K. C., Haase, E., Zeglin, R., & Rhodes, S. D. (2013). Consumers with major depressive disorder: Factors influencing placement. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 27 (2), 108-123.

Hergenrather, K. C., Froehlich, R. J., McGuire-Kuletz, M., & Zeglin, R. J. (2013). Certified rehabilitation counselor examination preparation Guide (4th ed.). Washington, DC: The Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education; The George Washington University.

Hergenrather, K. C., Haase, E., & Rhodes, S. D. (2013). Consumers with major depressive disorder and employment outcomes: Application of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Rehabilitation, 79 (1), 19-29.

Rhodes, S. D., McCoy, T. P., Hergenrather, K. C., Vissman, A. T., Wolfson, M., Alonzo, J., Bloom, F. R., Alegría-Ortega, J., & Eng, E. (2012). Prevalence estimates of health risk behaviors of immigrant Latino men who have sex with men. Journal of Rural Health, 28 (1),73-83.

Hergenrather, K. C., Rhodes, S. D, & Gitlin, D. J. (2011). Consumers with a bipolar disorder: A theory-based approach to explore beliefs impacting job placement. Journal of Rehabilitation, 77 (3), 14-24.

Vissman, A. T., Hergenrather, K. C., Rojas, G., Langdon, S. E., Wilkin, A. M., & Rhodes, S. D. (2011). Applying the theory of planned behavior to explore HAART adherence among HIV-positive immigrant Latinos: Elicitation interview results. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 454-60.

Hergenrather, K. C., Geishecker, S., McGuire-Kuletz, M., Gitlin, D. J., & Rhodes, S. D. (2010). An introduction to community-based participatory research. Rehabilitation Education, 24 (3&4), 225-238.

Rhodes, S. D., Hergenrather, K.C., Vissman, A. T., Stowers J., Davis, A. B., Hannah, A., Alonzo, J., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2010). “Boys must be men, and men must have sex with women: A qualitative CBPR study to explore sexual risk among African American, Latino, and white gay men and MSM. American Journal of Men’s Health, 5(2), 140-151.

In the News

GSEHD alumnus and adjunct faculty Paul Tschudi (EdS, Counseling) and Dr. Ken Hergenrather provided a well-attended 90-minute live streaming webinar on April 9 via Webex entitled, “Grief and Loss theory: Applications to COVID 19” to invited Department of Counseling faculty and students enrolled in practicum and internship on the Foggy Bottom campus, the Alexandria campus, and the online rehabilitation counseling program.  

This past November, Dr. Hergenrather hosted a training session in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots entitled: "An Inclusive LGBTQIA+ Workforce and Society". The session explored the historical events and federal laws that have effected members of of the LGBTQIA+ community and provided attendees with insight on creating an inclusive workspace.

Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather presented the a session entitled "Project Educate, Empower and Employ: Strategies to increase employment outcomes for individuals from undeserved communities" at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation 2018 conference in Long Beach, CA.

GSEHD faculty, students, and alumni presented at the Fall 2018 National Rehabilitation Education Conference in Arlington, Virginia in October:

  • Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather and Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz presented the session entitled, "Project Educate, Empower and Employ and Targeted Communities 12 States: One Year Follow-Up and Application of Community-Based Participatory Research."
  • Dr. McGuire-Kuletz presented the session "Promoting Youth Transition: Strategies for Increasing Collaboration and Systems Linkages."
  • Dr. McGuire-Kuletz and and GSEHD alumnus Randy Loss (Rehabilitation Counseling program) presented the session, "Translating the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Youth Transition Services: Meet the Technical Assistance Centers."
  • Dr. Hergenrather, Dr. McGuire-Kuletz, and Diona Emmanuel (doctoral candidate in counseling) presented two posters entitled "Enhancing employment outcomes: An introduction and application of Community-based Participatory" and "HIV/AIDS and disability: A Social Ecological Model integration to enhance employment outcomes."

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Robert Zeglin (Ph.D., Counseling) and Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather co-authored the article entitled "Systematic review of the common experiences of caregivers of HIV+ men who have sex with men: Implications for counselors." It is published in the 2018 Journal of Rehabilitation, Volume 84(1).