Joseph G. Ponterotto currently holds the title of Professor of Counseling Psychology at Fordham University, and is the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program. Ponterotto earned his BA in psychology at Iona University in 1980, and his PhD in 1985 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, Ponterotto also taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ponterotto is best known for his work in counseling psychology, particularly in his efforts to bring minority cultural factors (such as race, ethnicity, cultural background, economic class, education level, and the effects of prejudice) to the center of the academic dialogue on counseling. As a practicing clinician, Ponterotto has pioneered survey instruments that take these factors into account, such as the Quick Discrimination Index, the Teacher Multicultural Attitude Survey, the Multicultural Counseling Knowledge and Awareness Scale, and the Multicultural Personality Inventory. These efforts have guided professional counselors in how to better assess their clients across diverse backgrounds. He is also somewhat famous for his 2012 book, A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer, which examines the psychological development (and downfall) of the former chess champion. Other notable works from Ponterotto include Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors, Educators, and Parents and Handbook of Multicultural Assessment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications.
For his work, Ponterotto has received awards and honors including the Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association, the Visionary Leadership Award from the APA National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Seattle, and the Fordham faculty awards for Distinguished Contribution to Multicultural Education Award and the Scanlon Award.
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Joseph G. Ponterotto is an American psychologist, author and professor. He is currently a tenured professor of counseling psychology and the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, as well as a psychobiographer and multicultural consultant. His research interests are in acculturation, racism, immigration, multicultural counseling and education, qualitative/quantitative research methods including scale development, the history of psychology, and psychobiography.Source: Wikipedia
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