Victoria Kress, PhD, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC, Youngstown State University
Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S (OH), NCC, CCMHC, is a professor, a counseling clinic director, and the Director of the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling Programs at Youngstown State University. She also works as the Director of Advocacy for the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in various settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, private practices, and college counseling centers. She has published over 120 refereed articles and book chapters, and she has coauthored three books on diagnosing/assessing and counseling youth and adults. She has been cited as a top contributing author to the Journal of Mental Health Counseling as well as the Journal of College Counseling, and she served as the Associate Editor of the Theory and Practice Sections of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
Dr. Kress served two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and served as the Chair of the Counselor Professional Standards Committee. She also served as the ethics liaison for Ohio's state regulatory board and presently serves as a consultant/expert witness for counselor ethics cases. CACREP honored her with the Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy. She also received the following American Counseling Association (ACA) awards: the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the Distinguished Mentor Award, the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, and the Government Relations Award. She has been the recipient of the following Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) awards: the Outstanding Mentor Award, the Robert Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards, and the Leadership Award. She has also received numerous Youngstown State University awards (e.g., Distinguished Scholar, Distinguished Public Service) as well as various Ohio Counseling Association awards, including the Research and Writing Award, the Legislative Advocacy Award, the Leadership Award, and the Counselor of the Year Award. She is a past President of Chi Sigma Iota International and the Ohio Counseling Association, and she is a past ACA Region Chair.