Dr. Janet E. Helms


Integration of race, culture and assessment; Racial identity and health outcomes; Racial and cultural factors in education; Test fairness in educational and occupational testing; Race, culture and trauma; Intersections of multiple identities


Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She is the past president of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association [APA]).  Dr. Helms is a Fellow in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of APA. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Dr. Helms serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Counseling Psychology and is on the Counsel of Research Elders of the Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She has written over sixty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice.

Her Books include A Race Is a Nice Thing To Have (Microtraining Associates) and (with Donelda Cook) Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process (MA: Allyn & Bacon).

Dr. Helms' work has been acknowledged with awards that include the national Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for inspiring students, an engraved brick in Iowa State University's Plaza of Heroines, and the "Distinguished Career Contributions to Research" award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, awarded at the APA convention. In 1991, she was the first annual recipient of the "Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Professional Psychology."  This award was inaugurated in her honor by Columbia University Teachers College. Dr. Helms was the recipient of the 2002 Leona Tyler Award awarded by Division 17 in recognition of an outstanding research career, the American Psychological Association's Awards for "Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology" (2006) and the Award for "Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy" (2008).  She was a recipient of the Association of Black Psychologists'  2007 Award for Distinguished Psychologist.

Janet Helms

  Janet E. Helms, Ph.D.
Augustus Long Professor
Institute Director