Chalmer Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling and Counselor Education


Résumé/CV on Box

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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.

Courses Taught

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

Honors & Awards

  • 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)

Grants & 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.

Professional Associations

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