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Rebecca E. Michel

Rebecca Michel, LCPC, is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program. Michel strives to help individuals discover and develop the best version of themselves through her research, teaching, and service.

Her research explores how cultural, relational, educational, and career factors impact identity, well-being, and life satisfaction. She has published a number of articles, books, and book chapters and regularly presents at national and international conferences. She is committed to community engagement and incorporates service learning into many of her courses. In 2016, she was named the Illinois Counselor Educator of the Year.

  • PhD, Old Dominion University, Counselor Education
  • MA, Bradley University, Human Development Counseling
  • BS, Bradley University, Business Management and Psychology
Courses Taught
  • CSL 452 Introduction to Counseling
  • CSL 454 Career Counseling
  • CSL 552 Practicum
  • CSL 553 Internship

In 2017, Michel co-founded Lift as you Climb, with Joby Gardner and Thomas Noel. Lift as you Climb is a a leadership and social justice training initiative housed within the College of Education.

Awards and Honors

  • 2021 - Advocacy Award, Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA)
  • 2021 - Excellence in Teaching Award, DePaul University 
  • 2021 - Diversity Initiative Award, National Career Development Association (NCDA)
  • 2018 - Adultspan Journal Outstanding Article
  • 2018 - Excellence in Research Award, College of Education, DePaul University
  • 2018 - Women of Spirit and Action Honoree, DePaul Women’s Network
  • 2017 - Community-Based Research Faculty Fellow, Steans Center, DePaul University
  • 2016 - Counselor Educator of the Year, Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Illinois Counseling Association​​