Mary A. Hermann, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Mary A. Hermann, J.D., Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in counselor education, University of New Orleans
  • J.D., Loyola University
  • M.Ed. in counselor education, University of New Orleans
  • B.A. in foreign language education, University of New Orleans

Research interests

Women’s experiences, legal and ethical issues in counseling

Career highlights

  • Published more than 50 articles, edited two books and delivered more than 150 presentations, including six keynote addresses
  • Recipient of the VCU School of Education Charles P. Ruch Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Member of the committee that revised the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics
  • Founder and director – The Women's Lifespan Development Research Lab

Recent publications/projects

  • Herlihy, B., & Hermann, M. A. (2019). Gender issues in career counseling. In D. Capuzzi & M. Stauffer (Eds.), Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Hermann, M. A., Walsh, R. L., & Underwood, J. (2019). Experiences of school counselor mothers: A phenomenological investigation, Professional School Counseling, 22, 1-11.
  • Hermann, M. A., & Neale-McFall, C. (2018). Experiences of pretenure counseling professor mothers. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, 11(3), 265-283.
  • Neale-McFall, C. W., Eckart, E. C., Hermann, M. A., Haskins, N. H., & Ziomek-Daigle, J. (2018). Counselor educator mothers: A quantitative analysis of job satisfaction. Counselor Education and Supervision, 57, 147-159.
  • Kaplan, D. M., Francis, P. C., Hermann, M. A., Baca, J. F., Goodnough, G. E., Hodges, S., Spurgeon, S. L., & Wade, M. E. (2017). New Concepts in the 2014 Code of Ethics. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95, 110-120. (Includes reprinted Counseling Today interviews)
  • Hermann, M. A., Ziomek-Daigle, J., & Dockery, D. J. (2014). Motherhood and Counselor Education: Experiences with Work/Life Balance. Adultspan, 13, 109-119.
  • Herlihy, B., Hermann, M. A., & Greden, L. R. (2014). Legal implications of using religious beliefs as a basis for refusing to counsel certain clients. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 148-153.
  • Hermann, M. A. (2014). The stalled gender revolution: Implications for women leaders. In W. S. Newcomb & K. Mansfield (Eds), Women Interrupting, Disrupting, and Revolutionizing Educational Policy and Practice. Information Age Publishing.
  • Hermann, M. A., Remley, T. P., Jr., & Huey, W. C. (Eds.), (2010). Ethical and legal issues in school counseling (3rd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American School Counselor Association.


A professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Special Education, Dr. Mary A. Hermann also served as the department chair from August 2010 to June 2015.

Over her career, Hermann’s research has focused on legal and ethical issues in counseling, women’s studies and social justice. She has served as president of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) and co-chair of the SACES Women’s Interest Network. She has also served as chair of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation Board of Directors, as a member of the ACA Ethics Committee and as a member of the ACA 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force.

Prior to joining the faculty at VCU, Hermann served as an assistant professor of counseling and women’s studies at Mississippi State University. Her experience in K-12 education includes teaching French for more than 10 years in public and private schools in New Orleans. Hermann is a licensed attorney, a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor, a certified school counselor and a certified yoga instructor.

Curriculum Vitae

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