Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well and its former president and has served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards and president of Chi Sigma Iota. Gladding has authored numerous professional publications, including books, refereed journal articles, and book chapters. Twice a Fulbright Specialist (China and Turkey), Gladding has taught counseling and worked with counselors and universities in a dozen countries. He was a first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York City and to the shootings at Virginia Tech providing psychological first aid. He has been honored by the American Counseling Association with the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person. In addition, the Association for Creativity in Counseling named their Inspiration and Motivation Award in his honor. Gladding is married and he and his wife, Claire, are the parents of three adult sons. He received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and the UNC-Greensboro. He continues to work as a licensed professional counselor.