Kenneth Hergenrather

Kenneth Hergenrather
Coordinator of the GW Rehabilitation Counseling program, and Co-Director of the GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education
Professor, Counseling
(202) 994-1334

Dr. Ken Hergenrather is Full Professor and past Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University in Auburn Alabama. Dr. Hergenrather is the recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) 2008 Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year Award. His primary research area is the employment needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS. He has worked in the field of public health education in the area of HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and clinical drug trials. He has collaborated with community-based AIDS service organizations and state vocational service agencies to address the employment needs of persons with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Hergenrather is a board member of the National Working Positive Coalition and a member of the Research Working Group. He has been an author on more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 125 national presentations, and several international presentations. Dr. Hergenrather served on the boards of for two terms on three national rehabilitation organizations that include the National Rehabilitation Association, The National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Association on which he served two terms as president, and the National Council for Rehabilitation on which is a past president. He has been awarded more than $2 million in Federal grants as a PI. Since 1999 he has served in the capacity of program evaluator on Federal funded grant awards awarded to State VR programs and Federal VR training programs. Dr. Hergenrather serves as Co-Director of the GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education.

Publications

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

Dr. Maggie Parker, Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather, GSEHD alumna Dr. Quinn Smelser, (PhD, Counseling), and GW student Catherine Kelly (PhD, Clinical Psychology) published a manuscript entitled, "Exploring child-centered play therapy and trauma: A systematic review of literature" in the International Journal of Play Therapy.

Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather presented a research session at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference on July 8, 2020 entitled, "Project Educate, Empower, and Employ (E3) Year 5: Enhancing Employment Outcomes for 24 U.S. communities that intersect poverty, race, and disability."

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.