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April M. Rectanus, EdD, MA

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Care Clinic Director


Gray Hall

Phone (Primary):




Education and Training

2014–2017      Johns Hopkins University       Baltimore, MD

Ed.D. with a counseling specialization


1998–2000, 2002-2004           Towson University      Towson, MD

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: May 2000

Completed 9-month internship in therapeutic group home (St. Vincent’s Center) on a diagnostic unit.

Completed Curriculum of Advanced Study program (Fall 2002 - December 2004) and passed the National Certification Exam (4/16/05) to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.


1994-1998       Bloomsburg University           Bloomsburg, PA

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology with a concentration in family, children, and youth; and Spanish.

Internships: al Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa (orphanage/school), Arecibo, PR. and CMSU Family-Based Services, Bloomsburg, PA.


April Rectanus, EdD, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and doctoral degree in Education specializing in counseling. At the University of Maryland, she is the director of the Care Clinic which provides mental health services to victims of child maltreatment and provides training to other professionals on child maltreatment. Since joining the Care Clinic in 2007, Dr. Rectanus has created a training program for graduate students and provided counseling to clients and supervision services to staff and students. Dr. Rectanus also provides clinical supervision and consultation services to therapists in other settings and is an advisor to doctoral level students in the EdD program at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rectanus previously worked at St. Vincent’s Center with severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and their families. Her work consisted of providing individual, group, and family therapy as well as case management services, crisis intervention, and some direct care experience. Dr. Rectanus has been working with maltreated children and their families since 2000 and has obtained extensive training on trauma and related topics. Dr. Rectanus incorporates play therapy and cognitive-behavioral approaches in her work and is trained in TF-CBT and EMDR. Also she has provided training and supervision to other clinicians. Her research focuses on training counselors to provide evidenced-based treatment to traumatized children and families.  

Research/Clinical Keywords

Evidenced-based trauma treatment, counselor training and education, child maltreatment

Highlighted Publications

Rectanus, A.M. (2017). Training and assessing trauma-focused counselor competency: A multi-case pilot study (Doctoral dissertation). Available from JScholarship at

Clinical Specialty Details

Dr. Rectanus has expertise on treating psychological trauma as well as treating children.

Awards and Affiliations

2014    Governor’s Citation Award, GOCCP, awarded for providing exemplary services to victims of crime

Grants and Contracts

10/01/2015 – present   “Victims of Child Maltreatment”     

Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Links of Interest

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: