Dr. Andrea Perkins Nerlich is an associate professor/program coordinator in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Hofstra University. She teaches courses in the Counseling and Mental Health Profession Department related to medical aspects of disability, psychosocial response to disability, assessment, transition services, and career development. Dr. Nerlich has published in the areas of assessment, psychosocial response to disability, substance use treatment, and collaborative education. She is the co-editor of the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA) Journal and has served the VEWAA Board of Directors. Dr. Nerlich consults with school systems related to transition curricula, and community rehabilitation agencies for the innovation of their vocational evaluation units. She is the advisor to the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association and the chairperson for VOICE Day, a community and professional education event centered on disability, mental health, and at-risk populations. She also regularly coordinates a review course for students and professionals studying for the CRC examination. She previously served as the regional representative for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), serving as co-chair for proposal review at the Spring 2017 conference.
Dr. Nerlich completed her doctorate in rehabilitation counselor education from Michigan State University and received a Bachelor and Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Springfield College (MA). She was just awarded the “40 Under 40” award from Springfield College for exemplifying leadership and the mission of the College. Dr. Nerlich has worked in the private non-profit and for-profit systems as a case manager, program coordinator, and vocational evaluator. Her research interests include transition services for students with disabilities, ecological assessment and vocational evaluation, sports/leisure activities for people with disabilities, collaboration models, and student and professional development. She is a competitive triathlete, field hockey player, wine and food enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her husband and amazing son, Wyatt.