Matthew Sprong, Ph.D., CRC, LCPC, CADC, CLCP

Matthew Sprong
Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Rehabilitation Counseling
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 355
Office Phone: 815-753-5555
Office Fax: 815-753-9123
Email: msprong1@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • AHRS 482: Post-Employment Services in Vocational Rehabilitation
  • AHRC 682: Theories and Techniques of Counseling People with Disabilities
  • AHRC 777: Seminar: Rehabilitation Counseling
  • AHRS 200: Disability in Society
  • AHRS 493: Counseling in Rehabilitation

Education

  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Rehabilitation
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Rehabilitation Counseling Counseling & Administration, specialty: Addiction Studies
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Psychology

Professional License and Certifications Held

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) 

Research Interests

  • Public and private sector rehabilitation counseling service delivery (e.g., gender, race, life-care planning); substance abuse and addictive behaviors; disability and post-secondary education.

Awards

  • Exemplary Advocate Award (2018): Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities [PCPD]
  • Presidential Award of Excellence (2018): Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association [VEWAA]
  • Emerging Professional Award (2017): International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals [IARP]
  • Doctoral Student of the Year Award (2014): National Council on Rehabilitation Education [NCRE]

Professional Board Positions

  • President, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA)
  • President, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) – Illinois Chapter
  • President-elect, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) – Illinois Chapter, 2016 – 2017
  • Treasurer, Illinois Chapter – International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), 2015 – 2017
  • President-elect, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA), 2016 – 2017
  • Co-chair, NCRE Council on Distance Education (CDE), 2015 – 2017
  • Board Member, Coalition of Illinois Counselors Organization (CICO), 2015 – Present
  • Board Member, Education Committee, Illinois Chapter – International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), 2015 – Present

Selected Publications

Buono, F. D., Griffiths, M. D., Sprong, M. E., Upton, T. D., Lloyd, D. P., Sullivan, R. M., & Moore, B. A. (2017). Measures of behavioral function predict duration of video game play: Utilization of the Video Game Functional Assessment – Revised (VGFA-R). Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6(4), 572-578. doi: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.084.

Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B. K., Chowdhury, D., & Buono, F. D. (2017). Impact of sexism and gender on recommendations for rehabilitation services. Journal of Rehabilitation, 83(4), 13-24.

Ysasi, N., Tiro, L., Sprong, M. E., & Kim, B. J. (2017). Marketing Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Rural Communities. In D. A. Harley, N. A. Ysasi, M. L. Bishop, A. R. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Buono, F. D., Sprong, M. E., Lloyd, D. P., Cutter, C., Printz, D. M. B., Sullivan, R. M. & Moore, B. (2017). Delay discounting of video game payers: Comparison of time-duration among gamers. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(2), 104-108.

Dell, T., & Sprong, M. E. (2017). Test Review: Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener (V.3.0). Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 60(20), 121-124.

Moreno-Tucker, V., McCarthy, A. K., & Sprong, M. E. (2017). Unrecognized potential: The value of the rehabilitation professional in the transition process. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Journal, 41(2), 67-77.

Ysasi, N. A., Marini, I., Sprong, M., & Silva, I. (2016). Differences among life care planners and physiatrists regarding the likelihood and frequency of secondary complications for persons with spinal cord injury. Journal of Life Care Planning, 14(2), 3-37.

Case, J. C., Sprong, M. E., & Blackwell, T. L. (2016). Counselor ethical considerations for end-of-life care. Journal of Rehabilitation, 82(1), 48-58.

Dallas, B., & Sprong, M. E. (2016). Multi-university comparison of faculty attitudes and use of universal design instructional techniques. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30(2), 148-160

Buono, F. D., Upton, T. D., Griffiths, M. D., Sprong, M. E., & Bordieri, J. (2016). Demonstrating the validity of the Video Game Functional Assessment-Revised (VGFA-R). Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 501-510. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.08.037

Crtalic, A., Gibbs, R., Sprong, M. E., & Dell, T. (2015). Boundaries with social media: Ethical considerations for rehabilitation counselors. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 46(3), 44-50.

Sprong, M. E., Soldner, J., & Dent, M. (2015). Professional Responsibility. In J. Stano (Eds.), Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling: A Case Study Approach. Osage Beech, MO: Aspen Professional Services.

Sprong, M. E., McDermott, A., Matney, A., & Lucy, M. (2015). The counseling relationship. In J. Stano (Eds.), Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling: A Case Study Approach. Osage Beech, MO: Aspen Professional Services. 

Sprong, M. E., Cioe, N., Yalamanchili, P., & McDermott, A., (2015). Principles of Ethics. In J. Stano (Eds.), Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling: A Case Study Approach. Osage Beech, MO: Aspen Professional Services.

Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B., Upton, T. D., & Bordieri, J. (2015). The influence of race, causal attribution, & in-group favoritism on recommendations for rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 58(4), 227-239. doi:10.1177/0034355214562071

Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B., Melvin, A., & Koch, D. S., (2014). Substance Abuse and Vocational Rehabilitation: A Survey of Policies & Procedures. Journal of Rehabilitation, 80(4), 4-9.

Dallas, B., Upton, T. D., & Sprong, M. E. (2014). Post-Secondary Faculty Attitudes toward Inclusive Teaching Strategies. Journal of Rehabilitation, 80(2), 13-21.

Hillesheim, C., Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B., Upton, T.D., & Musgrave, J.R. (2013). Falling through the Cracks: A Screening Assessment for Student Veterans with Educational Barriers. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Journal, 40(1), 23-31.

McCabe, M., Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B., Mui, N., & Upton, T. D. (2013). Program Effectiveness of Vocational Evaluation as Quantified by the Career Planning Scale. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Journal, 40(1), 13-22.

Mui, N., Sprong, M. E., Chowdhury, D., Lee, S., & Flowers, C. (2013). An Ethical Guide for Rehabilitation Administrators: Revising the NARL Code of Ethics. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 37(1), 19-24.

Sprong, M. E., Upton, T. D., & Pappas, M. (2012). Utilization of Community Rehabilitation Programs: Screening for Alcohol & Drugs. Journal of Rehabilitation, 78(2), 13-19.

Sprong, M. E., Lewis, T., Soldner, J., & Koch, D.S. (2011). Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities: Implications for Rehabilitation Professionals. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 35(1), 27-38.