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Janet E. Helms

augustus long professor
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

Janet Helms


Campion Hall
Room 318


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

New Window Will OpenInstitute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture



Ph.D., Iowa State University


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


Honorary Degree recipient, Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, July 2013.

Principal Investigator, Addressing Cultural Factors and Mental Health Disparities in Research and Practice, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 2007-2010.

President and Past President, Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of American Psychological Association, 2009-2010.

Recipient of the Distinguished Elder Award at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, 2009.

Recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, 2008.

Recipient of Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for inspirational teaching, 2011.



Helms, J.E., & Mereish, E.H. (2013).  How racial-group comparisons create misinformation in depression research:  Using  racial identity theory to conceptualize health disparities. In L. Gomez & N. Lopez(Eds.), Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Helms, J.E., Ford, D.Y., (2012). Guest Editors, Testing and Assessing African Americans:  Past, Present, and Future Problems and Promises, The Journal of Negro Education, Summer Issue (Vol. 81, No.3).

Helms, J.E., Ford, D.Y., (2012). Testing and Assessing African Americans:  "Unbiased" Tests are Still Unfair, The Journal of Negro Education, Summer Issue, 81, 186-189.

Helms, J.E., (2012). A Legacy of Eugenics Underlies Racial-Group Comparisons in Intelligence Testing.  Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 5, 176-179.

Helms, J.E., Nicolas, G., & Green, C.E. (2012). Racism and Ethnoviolence as Trauma:  Enhancing Professional and Research Training. Traumatology, 18, 65-74.

Helms, J.E. (2010). Cultural Bias in Psychological Testing. In I.B. Weiner and W.E. Craighead (Eds.) The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 4th Ed., Vol. 1, 443-445, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Jernigan, M.M., Green, C.E., Helms, J.E., Gualdron-Murhib, L.G., & Henze, K. (2010). An Examination of People of Color Supervision Dyads:  Racial Identity Matters as Much as Race.  Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 4, 62-73.

Helms, J.E., (2009). Defense of tests prevents objective consideration of validity and fairness.  American Psychologist, 64, 283-284.

Helms, J.E. (2008). A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being A White Person or Understanding the White Persons in your life (Second Edition).  Hanover, MA: Microtraining Associates.

Helms, J.E., Henze, K.T., Satiani, A., and Mascher, J. (2005), Ethical Issues When White Researchers Study ALANA and Immigrant People and Communities. In J.Trimble and C.Fisher (Eds.) Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethno Cultural Populations and Communities. Sage Publications. 


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