Dr. Benjamin C. Graham

Faculty Diversity Equity Fellow

Biography: 
Benjamin Graham is a community psychologist and assistant professor at Cal Poly Humboldt.  He also previously worked as a researcher associate at the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/) and DePaul University.  His career path into community psychology began as a clinician and researcher (M.S. Counseling Psychology, UW-Madison) promoting comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to school-based violence prevention in diverse school settings, first as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and eventually within the Chicago Public School system and across the State of Illinois.  These experiences inspired him to earn his doctorate in community psychology (DePaul University), where his research focused on disability inclusion, community-based service learning, student health promotion, sexual and gender minorities, and psychological sense of community.  His current work examines supports for sexual and gender minority communities as well as interventions to help student and nonstudent veterans.

I view education as a lifelong process, where student learning is derived from each person’s unique set of motivations, ambitions, interests, and cultural background. Four areas I emphasize in my teaching are scientific curiosity, sustained commitment to learning, integration through critical thinking, and learning via novel and innovative pedagogical strategies. Across these domains, I am deeply committed to infusing a multicultural, intersectional lens in how psychological knowledge is understood and applied.

I chose to pursue a doctorate in community psychology following five valuable years serving as a licensed mental health counselor and interventionist in community settings.  Inspired by the young people I worked with struggling in complex ecological systems, my decision was strongly motivated by a desire to teach community psychology and build university-community infrastructure for research and service learning. For the past three years Cal Poly Humboldt has become a wonderful home for doing just that. 

Research: 
Research Lab: 

Sexuality Research and Education Lab

Veterans and the Arts Research Lab

Teaching: 

Courses Taught at HSU:

  • Community Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Dynamics of Abnormal Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Mentoring
  • Research Supervision

Curriculum Vitae:  

Biography: 

Benjamin Graham is a community psychologist and assistant professor at Cal Poly Humboldt.  He also previously worked as a researcher associate at the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/) and DePaul University.  His career path into community psychology began as a clinician and researcher (M.S. Counseling Psychology, UW-Madison) promoting comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to school-based violence prevention in diverse school settings, first as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and eventually within the Chicago Public School system and across the State of Illinois.  These experiences inspired him to earn his doctorate in community psychology (DePaul University), where his research focused on disability inclusion, community-based service learning, student health promotion, sexual and gender minorities, and psychological sense of community.  His current work examines supports for sexual and gender minority communities as well as interventions to help student and nonstudent veterans.

I view education as a lifelong process, where student learning is derived from each person’s unique set of motivations, ambitions, interests, and cultural background. Four areas I emphasize in my teaching are scientific curiosity, sustained commitment to learning, integration through critical thinking, and learning via novel and innovative pedagogical strategies. Across these domains, I am deeply committed to infusing a multicultural, intersectional lens in how psychological knowledge is understood and applied.

I chose to pursue a doctorate in community psychology following five valuable years serving as a licensed mental health counselor and interventionist in community settings.  Inspired by the young people I worked with struggling in complex ecological systems, my decision was strongly motivated by a desire to teach community psychology and build university-community infrastructure for research and service learning. For the past three years Cal Poly Humboldt has become a wonderful home for doing just that. 

Research: 
Research Lab: 

Sexuality Research and Education Lab

Veterans and the Arts Research Lab

Teaching: 

Courses Taught at HSU:

  • Community Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Dynamics of Abnormal Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Mentoring
  • Research Supervision

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Benjamin C. Graham
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