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

Matthew Sprong
Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Interdisciplinary Health Professions
Unit: Rehabilitation Counseling
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 323
Office Phone: 815-753-5138
Office Fax: 815-753-9123
Email: msprong1@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • REHB 482: Post-Employment Services in Vocational Rehabilitation
  • REHB 660: Foundations of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • REHB 682: Theories and Techniques of Counseling People with Disabilities
  • REHB 777: Seminar: Rehabilitation Counseling
  • REHB 200: Disability in Society
  • REHB 300: Psychiatric Disability in Society
  • REHB 493: Counseling in Rehabilitation

Education

  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Rehabilitation
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Rehabilitation Counseling Counseling and 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 and 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

  • Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award (2018): National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)
  • 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

  • Chair-Elect (Forensic Board), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, 2018-2019
  • Board Member-at-Large (SSVE), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, 2018-2021
  • President-Elect/President / Immediate Past President, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA)
  • President-Elect/President, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) – Illinois Chapter
  • Treasurer, Illinois Chapter – International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), 2015–2017
  • 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

Student Organizations (Northern Illinois University)

  • Faculty Advisor - Disability Alliance and Advocacy Association (DALLAS)
  • Faculty Advisor - Camp Kaseem
  • Faculty Advisor - Golden Key: International Honour Society 

Text-Books

Sprong, M. E., & Davis, S. (2018). The Substance Related Disorder Assessment: A Road Map to Effective Treatment Planning. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Selected Publications

Sprong, M. E., Soldner, J., & Dallas, B. (2018). Emergency preparedness knowledge and confidence in providing services for people with disabilities: An exploratory analysis among rehabilitation counseling students. Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(3), 57-65.

Sprong, M. E., Dallas, B., Paul, P., and Xia, M. (2018). Rehabilitation technology services and employment outcomes among consumers using Division of Rehabilitation Services. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. doi:10.1080/17483107.2018.1463400

Buono, F. D., Griffiths, M. D., Sprong, M. E., Upton, T. D., Lloyd, D. P., Sullivan, R. M., and 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., and 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., and 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. and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Blackwell, T. L. (2016). Counselor ethical considerations for end-of-life care. Journal of Rehabilitation, 82(1), 48-58.

Dallas, B., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Bordieri, J. (2015). The influence of race, causal attribution, and 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., and Koch, D. S., (2014). Substance Abuse and Vocational Rehabilitation: A Survey of Policies and Procedures. Journal of Rehabilitation, 80(4), 4-9.

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

Sprong, M. E., Soldner, J., & Dallas, B. (2018). Emergency preparedness knowledge and confidence in providing services for people with disabilities: An exploratory analysis among rehabilitation counseling students. Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(3), 57-65.