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Benedict T. McWhirter

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Office Location: 
264 HEDCO Education Building
(541) 346-2410
B.A., Theology/Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, 1986
M.C., Counseling, Arizona State University, 1988
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University, 1992
Additional education includes immersion study in Peru, Australia, and Turkey

Benedict McWhirter is Department Head for the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department and is a professor in the Counseling Psychology program.  His research focuses on investigating the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors; factors that enhance adolescent resilience and effective preventive interventions; and emerging adulthood and college student development, retention, and support, with particular emphasis on students of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds and first-generation college students. He is especially interested on the role of connectedness to others (e.g., peers, parents, teachers), environments (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) and to the self as factors that contribute to outcomes among adolescents and emerging adults.

His scholarship interests have led to the implementation of community- and school-based research with adolescents, families, and college students in the United States and internationally. His research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, he is an affiliated research scientist with the UO Prevention Science Institute, and he was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 to teach and conduct research in Santiago, Chile.  He conducted community consutlation and collaborative research projects (with the University of Development and the University of Chile in Santiago) for fifteen years.