Oral history video between Gerald Parham, Thomas Parham & William Parham
Thomas Parham, Gerald Parham & William Parham
About the Interview
Gerald D. Parham
Gerald D. Parham is the youngest of four children born to Willie D. and Sadie F. Parham. Currently he is the Director of Camp Program Development for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at UCI. In this capacity he is responsible for the development of the curriculum utilized by the department’s sports camps that help develop character, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility in the youth between the ages of 5-18. Prior to his transition to Athletics, he spent several years as the Director of Palo Verde Housing, a graduate and family housing community, on the campus. He completed his B.A. at UCI 1977. He has additional graduate training in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. He returned to Southern California and joined the UC Irvine staff in June of 1998. He is a Past-President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association. He is the father of a 28 year old son, Brandon, who lives with his wife ChaKia, in Memphis, TN.
Thomas A. Parham
Thomas A. Parham is Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and an adjunct faculty member at UCI. Prior to these positions, he served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Counseling and Health Services, Counseling Center Director, and Director of the Career and Life Planning Center at UCI. Before that, Parham held an appointment on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Parham received his B.A. in social ecology from UCI. He completed his Master's degree in counseling psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology, and served as a treating clinician for the NFL program for substance abuse. He also served as chair of UCI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium for 10 years, helped charter the Orange County chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, and is a past president of the National Association of Black Psychologists and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. He is also a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. He has also been recognized as a “Distinguished Psychologist” by the Association of Black Psychologists. For the past 30-plus years, Parham has focused his research efforts in the area of psychological nigrescence and has authored 6 books and over 40 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of identity development, African psychology and multicultural counseling. While serving as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UCI, Parham prides himself in heading a Student Affairs team dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the university, enhancing the co-curricular aspects of student learning, assessing learning outcomes, and promoting opportunities for leadership development and character building among students. Parham has received numerous honors and awards for his academic contributions and community service.
William D. Parham
William D. Parham is a Professor in the Counseling Program and Chair of the Department of Educational Support Services at Loyala Marymount University. The interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity and health psychology represents the three areas of professional emphases with which he has been most associated. He is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association where he also is recognized as a Fellow in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology). In addition to his administrative duties Parham teaches five courses including: Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions; Multicultural Counseling; Foundations of Counseling; Lifespan Development and Social, Emotional and Behavioral Functioning and serves on department, School of Education and university committees. Parham’s emphasis on personal empowerment, discovering and cultivating innate talents and looking for hidden opportunities in every situation are trademark foci. The articles and book chapters he has authored during the course of his career and his participation on local, state and national boards, committees, task forces, and positions of governance adds to the visible ways in which he has tried to make a difference.