Ahmad Washington

Ahmad Washington

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 313 - College of Education & Human Development
arwash04 @louisville.edu

Dr. Washington's curriculum vita [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education with a minor in Educational Sociology, The University of Iowa
  • M.A., Clinical Counseling, Webster University, Columbia, South Carolina
  • B.S., Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Francis Marion University

Research Interests

  • African American males’ ethnic and gender identity development
  • Hip-hop culture and rap music as social justice, culturally relevant counseling interventions
  • Underrepresentation of African American males in the counselor education and school counseling professions
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Critical Hip Hop Pedagogy
  • Critical Consciousness
  • Counselor Pedagogy


  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Critical Qualitative Methodology

Teaching Areas

  • Group Process and Practice
  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Internship in School Counseling

Honors & Awards

  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Young Emerging Leader Award (March, 2014)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Emerging Leaders Fellowship (October, 2009)
  • Exceptional Graduate Student Recognition, The University of Iowa, College of Education (April, 2009)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counseling Association
  • Manuscript Reviewer: The Journal of Negro Education; The Journal of Advanced Academics

Publications and Presentations

  • Henfield, M. S. & Washington, A.R. (Eds.) (In press). Black male student success in 21st century urban schools: School counseling for equity, access and achievement. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Washington, A. R. (2015). Addressing social injustice with urban African American Males through hip-hop: Suggestions for school counselors. Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 7, 101-121.
  • Washington, A. R. (In press). “It’s like he’ll [school counselor] be there for you”: Middle school African American males’ stories of effective professional school counselors. Journal of African American Males in Education.
  • Henfield, M. S., Washington, A. R., & Byrd, J. A. (2014). Addressing Academic and Opportunity Gaps Impacting Gifted Black Males Implications for School Counselors. Gifted Child Today, 37, 147-154.
  • Washington, A. R. (2012). Elementary professional school counselors: Assets in the development of African American males. Child Health Talk, Summer/Fall, 6-7.
  • Henfield, M. S, Byrd, J. A., & Washington, A. R. (2015). Twenty-first century scholars of color and contemporary weapons for social justice. In F. Bonner, II, C. W. Lewis, B. Lofton, & P. A. Robinson (Eds.), Priorities of the professoriate: Engaging multiple forms of scholarship across rural and urban institutions (pp. 107-118). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Byrd, J. A. & Washington, A. R. (October, 2015). M.A. Counseling Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Perceptions of Entering Counseling Related Ph.D. Programs. Program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Washington, A. R. & Byrd, J. A. (October, 2015). Hip Hop Culture and Culturally Relevant School Counselor Pedagogy?: A Conversation Long Overdue. Program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.