Amber Baughman

Research Associate for the South Carolina National Youth in Transition Database (SC NYTD)


The National Youth in Transition Database collects information on youth in foster care as they transition to their adult lives. The South Carolina team surveys youth about personal demographics, their experiences in accessing available services, and personal or anticipated outcomes. Amber’s primary role in this team involves maintaining contact with youth and participating in data collection, analysis, and training.

Amber holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University, and an Ed.S. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. She has been a high school counselor, a site supervisor for programs providing academic and emotional support to at-risk youth, and an Assistant Professor. She has publications in the area of leadership and diversity in school counseling and has supervised school counseling students in a variety of high needs settings.

Amber believes in the capacity of every child to transition to a successful adulthood, and believes that quality data collection, analysis, and the transformation of research into practice is vital to encouraging every child to reach their full potential.