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Chicago | Program Director,
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs |
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) (On-ground Modality)

Erica Wade-Ball,



Welcome to my page!

My personality and values define me as a counselor-educator. For example, I am a neutral sounding board, compassionate researcher and supervisor, flexible, self-reflective, and genuine. I also feel with intuition and often close my eyes to listen! I encourage students to develop a sense of autonomy and space for critical thinking.

Every student is capable of lifelong learning, yet impostor phenomenon is a real lived experience among all walks of life. Knowing this reality, I validate each student’s experience by creating opportunities to increase their counselor self-efficacy with experiential learning and self-reflective activities and inviting students to ask for help, ask questions, and be comfortable with making mistakes.

I also encourage students to engage in metacognition (thinking about what they are thinking) and self-directedness to develop or sharpen their knowledge, skills, and evoke and embrace cultural humility and strengthen introspection. Each student brings a unique perspective, worldview, and a different way of learning. My role is to be open and curious, embrace new opportunities to advance diverse perspectives, and be a social justice advocate.

Above all, every student is capable of lifelong learning, and learning is continuous.



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University, CACREP Accredited
  • Certificate of Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Benedictine University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Aurora University
  • Associates of Arts, Psychology College of DuPage
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of expertise and interest are group therapy, multicultural concerns, anxiety concerns, interpersonal violence, grief and loss, relational concerns, substance use, training and supervision. Research interests are impostor phenomenon, counselor self-efficacy, racial identity development, creative practices within supervision, diversity, and student athletes.

Past Experience Highlights

Past Experience Highlights

  • Director of Counseling & Wellness, Governors State University
  • Substance Use Assessment Coordinator, Northern Illinois University
  • Clinical Coordinator, Northern Illinois University
  • Outreach Coordinator/Staff Counselor, Northern Illinois University
  • Contractual Clinical Therapist, DeKalb County Jail
  • Clinical Therapist, Braden Counseling Center
  • On-Call Social Worker/Discharge Planner, Kishwaukee Hospital (part of Northwestern Medicine)
  • HIV Prevention Specialist, DeKalb County Health Department
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Black Counselors Association, Doctoral Liaison, July 2017-July 2018
  • Illinois Counselors of Social Justice, Treasurer, July 2017-July 2018
  • Illinois Counselors Association, October 2017-October 2019


Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Wade, E. D. (2019). Counselor self-efficacy re-examined: Components of racial identity development and impostor phenomenon among counseling graduate students of color. Northern Illinois University.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Wade, E (2021 April). CSE Re-Examined: Components of RID and IP among Counseling Graduate Students of Color. Roundtable session accepted for the annual American Counseling Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Wade, E. & Wilkerson, K. (2017, March). What is your armor? Roundtable session presented at the annual American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nazon, M., Wade, E. & Vinson, L. (2016, September). The intersection of Religious/Spiritual Beliefs, Competency, and Supervision of African American Counseling Students: Implications for Counselor Education and Clinical Practice. education session presented at the annual Dennis H. May Conference on Diversity Issues and the Role of Counseling Centers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
  • Wade, E, Kestner, J (2016, May). Connecting Students to Services. Education session presented at annual Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SAEM) Conference, Northern Illinois University.
  • Wade, E, Edwards, A. (2016, April). Creating sustainable connection: successful strategies for student engagement via campus outreach. Roundtable session presented at annual research symposium, Northern Illinois University.
Select Awards or Recognitions

Select Awards or Recognitions

  • 2019 Recipient of Professional Development and Life-Long Learning Award at the Governors State University Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Recognizing Innovation and Excellence
  • Awarded Excellence in Advocacy and Social Justice at the 70th Annual Illinois Counseling Association conference
  • Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
  • Awarded Best Township Program for DeKalb Township Committee on Youth (COY)