Brief Biography: Pat Schwallie-Giddis

Email: drpat@gwu.edu 

Pat Schwallie-Giddis, Ph.D.

Dr. Pat Schwallie-Giddis, President of NCDA has been recognized as a champion of counseling and career development throughout the country. She has spoken to groups of professionals in almost every state in the U.S. as well as Germany and Russia. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair for the Department of Counseling/ Human and Organizational Studies at George Washington University. Dr. Pat formerly served as the Associate and Interim Executive Director of the American Counseling Association.

Over the years, Dr. Pat has had a wealth of experiences as a teacher, counselor, district level administrator and director for Career Development at the Florida Department of Education. She has also held leadership roles in professional associations at the state and national levels as President of the Florida Career Development Association, the Florida Counseling Association, the DC Mental Health Counselors Association and currently is serving as President of the National Career Development Association.  

Dr. Pat received her Ph.D. at Florida State University (FSU) in Counseling and Human Systems.  In October of 1995 she was honored by FSU as the "Distinguished Educator of the Year".  In October of 2000, she was honored with the "Distinguished Educator" award from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Dr. Pat has been recognized many times for her untiring service to education and counseling including the American Counseling Association, Carl D. Perkins Legislative Award and the Spirit of America Award from the AVA/Guidance Division and the United States Air Force. Most recently she was chosen to receive the honor of an American Counseling Association "Fellow" for her distinguished career in the field of counseling.

Dr. Pat's research interests include studying the effectiveness of school counselors, the impact of comprehensive school counseling programs and most recently the study of the impact of the National Model for School Counseling Programs. She is also very interested in career development for young women with learning disabilities She has co-authored several articles and three books. The most current book is on Counseling Activities for Life Skills and Career Development, which includes team building, self-management and goal setting.