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Dr. Michael Hannon is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Montclair State University. He counseled students in educational settings for ten years before becoming a counselor educator. He has worked as a school counselor in urban high schools, career and technical education (CTE) high schools, college access programs, and as a student affairs professional. The primary focus of his research is on (Black) men in various roles as fathers and partners in their children's educational/therapeutic experiences, counselors, counselor educators, and community leaders. His dissertation was the first empirical study to investigate the lived experiences of Black fathers of individuals with autism. His secondary and related area of research is about school counseling practice in racially and ethnically diverse and urban schools. His research has been funded by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Montclair State University, Penn State University’s College of Education, The Association of Humanistic Counseling, and the City University of New York (CUNY). He was awarded the Association of Humanistic Counseling Humanistic Dissertation Award in 2014 and was a Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellow in 2012.
To date, Dr. Hannon has authored 23 publications (17 refereed) and has made over 70 presentations (42 refereed) at professional conferences. His research about fathering, autism, and school counseling has been featured in several counseling and educational journals including: Journal of Counseling & Development, Counselor Education & Supervision, The Family Journal, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Professional School Counselor, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Journal of School Counseling, International Journal of School Based Family Counseling, and Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision. He has been a featured contributor to media outlets including Thrive Global, Fusion, Huffington Post, and WURD 900AM for his expertise on fathering children with autism, with a particular focus on Black fathers. His forthcoming book, Black Fathering and Mental Health: Black Fathers Discuss the Needs of Men and Fathers Across the Family Life Cycle, will be published by Peter Lang in September 2020.
Dr. Hannon has a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University, an EdS in School Counseling Services from Rider University, an MEd in Student Affairs Practice and a BS in Human Development & Family Processes from the University of Delaware. Dr. Hannon and his wife, LaChan, are the co-founders of the Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center for Childhood Disabilities, Inc. (GETAC), a non-profit organization in Burlington County dedicated to supporting families raising children with developmental differences. GETAC’s work focuses on three primary areas of service: parent education and advocacy, counseling services for family members of children with developmental differences, and professional development for teachers of children with autism.
Psychosocial aspects of autism on fathers and families, with particular interest in fathers and families of color
Urban school counseling
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