Grant Hayes of the University of Central Florida’s College of Education and Human Performance has been awarded one of the highest honors in the counseling profession from the American Counseling Association.

Hayes, the executive associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of counselor education, has been named an ACA Fellow. The prestigious distinction is given to those who make significant and unique contributions to the counseling field through professional practice, scientific achievement or teaching.

The award will be presented to Hayes in March at the ACA annual conference in Honolulu.

Hayes’ research focuses on the use of technological applications in counselor education; counseling children and adolescents; and character education and moral development in schools and youth settings.

He is involved in a number of professional organizations at the national and international levels and has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $1.3 million in grants and contracts.

In addition, he serves on the ACA Editorial Advisory Board and is a past president of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development. In 2008, Hayes was honored with the ASERVIC Meritorious Service Award and is also a past recipient of C-AHEAD’s Humanistic Processes Award.

The American Counseling Association is the world’s largest nonprofit organization for professional counselors. The organization, founded in 1952, provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 54,000 members.