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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.

Selected Publications     

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.