Dr. Matthew Sprong

Dr. Matthew Sprong


Dr. Matthew Sprong began his rehabilitation career at a community-based rehabilitation program where he provided vocational related services to people with a wide variety of different disabilities. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University (SIU).

While completing coursework for his doctoral studies at SIU, he started exploring the private sector by providing vocational services in worker’s compensation cases, and providing impartial expert testimony during administrative law hearings for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Dr. Sprong has gained experience in completing comprehensive vocational evaluations, job placement and labor market analyses, substance abuse counseling, life-care planning, and providing testimony as a vocational witness.

Currently, Dr. Sprong is also an Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Services program at Northern Illinois University. He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses, such as employment services in vocational rehabilitation and a graduate level seminar covering private rehabilitation counseling.

He is the president of the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA) and president of the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). He is also a member of several professional organizations (i.e., NCRE, ARCA, ACA, NRA, VEWAA, IARP) and has numerous publications and professional presentations, including over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 4 book chapters.