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Faculty PhotographChalmer Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Counseling and Counselor Education

Office: ES 3161
Phone: 317-274-6827
Fax: 317-274-6864
Email: chathomp@iupui.edu

Profile | Publications | Awards | Associations | Grant Funding | Courses


In general, I study and develop theory about the psychological impacts of racism on people. More specifically, I study and try to help promote the ability of people to create the kind of change that is necessary in developing genuine, positive mental health and a more just society. Much of this change can occur when people who are in positions of influence, like counselors/therapists, teachers, and community leaders, are equipped with good theory and respectful and informed guidance. I focus a good deal of my attention on discourse, or how people interact with one another verbally and non-verbally, and on creative ways to reach children in resisting the negative manifestations of racism while simultaneously, advancing strategies that build their identities as sociopolitical beings.


  • Thompson, C. E. (2005). Helms' Racial Identity Theory. In C. B. Fisher & R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Applied Developmental Science Encyclopedia: An encyclopedia of research, policies, and programs.
  • Poyrazli, S., & Thompson, C. E. (in press). International perspectives in mental health: A case book. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Thompson, C. E. (2005). Janet E. Helms: Consummate scholar of race. In C. B. Fisher & R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Applied developmental science encyclopedia: An encyclopedia of research, policies, and programs.
  • Thompson, C. E., & Alfred, D. (2008). Black liberation psychology and practice. In H. Neville, B. M. Tynes, & S. O. Utsey (Eds.) Handbook of African American psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Thompson, C. E., & Carter, R. T. (in press). Racial identity theory: Individual, group, and organizational practices, 2nd edition. Taylor & Francis.
  • Thompson, C. E., Murry, S. L., & Harris, D., & Garcia, P. (2005). A transformative endeavor: The implementation of racial identity theory at the community level. In Toporek, R., Gerstein, L., Fouad, N., Roysircar, G., & Israel, T. (Eds.) Handbook on social justice in counseling psychology: Leadership, vision, and action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.(R)
  • Thompson, C.E. (2005). Psychological theory and culture: Practice implications. In R. T. Carter (Ed.) Handbook of racial-cultural psychology, Volume 2 (221-234). New York: John Wiley & Sons.


  • Award Recipient, American Psychological Association Division 17 Society for Counseling Psychology, Many Faces of Counseling Psychology (January 2008)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association: Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Inducted August 2005)


  • American Psychological Association
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17

Grant Funding

  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (2007-2008). Prepared and submitted application materials for colleague Dr. John Okech to study at IUPUI. Dr. Okech, the award recipient of this grant, is from Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.


  • EDUC-G 757 Multicultural Counseling
  • Internship in School Counseling