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.

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