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Roger Worthington

Professor of Counseling Psychology & Higher Education
College of Education
Educational, School & Counseling Psychology

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Worthington, Roger

Roger L. Worthington, PhD, is a professor in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1995 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Worthington was the assistant deputy chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri from 2006-2011. During that time, he was also a founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and recently served as the vice president for diversity and the public interest of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) (2008-2011).

He is the incoming editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (JDHE), and an associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP). He was the SCP coordinator for the 2011 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, and served as a member of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.

Since 2006, Worthington has been the principal investigator and project director of the MU Difficult Dialogues Program, a project funded by three prestigious Ford Foundation grants totaling $230,000. He is currently the chair of the emerging Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center.

From 1999 through 2005, Worthington was the architect and principal investigator for the MU Campus Climate Study, which included five phases of data collection and three volumes of reports. In 2005, he chaired a campus-wide task force for campus climate and training. The most recent iteration of climate research was a 2009 Student Survey. In 2007-08 he was one of the tri-chairs of the Chancellor

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