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Lynch School of Education

Janet E. Helms

augustus long professor
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department


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


Fellow, Divisions 17, 35, & 45 of the American Psychological Association. 

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

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

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



Helms, J.E. (2015). Taking action against racism in a post-racism era: The origins and almost demise of an idea.  The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 138-145.

Helms, J.E. (2014).  An examination of the evidence in culturally adapted evidence-based or empirically supported intervention.  Transcultural Psychiatry, 00, 1-27.  Published online prior to the print version. doi: 10.1177/1363461514563642

Helms, J.E., (2014). A review of White racial identity theory: The sociopolitical implications of studying White racial identity in psychology.  In S. Cooper & K. Ratele (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th International Congress of Psychology (pp. 12-27). London and New York:  Psychology Press.

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). 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. (2016, June). Visiting Scholar, Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership and Education at Fielding Graduate University, Summer Session, Public Forum, "Current Issues of Diversity and Inclusion on American College Campuses: Implications and Opportunities for Fielding." Fielding Graduate University, Chicago, IL. 

Helms, J.E. (2016, June). Invited Talk, "Building and Leveraging Partnerships across Campus," 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Summit, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Helms, J.E. (2016, May). Invited Talk, "Inclusion, Diversity, and Cultural Sensitivity in Our Schools," Middlesex Partnership for Youth Conference, Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA. 

Helms, J.E. (2016, May). Keynote speaker, "White Racial Identity," Annual Pastoral Care Conference, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. 

Helms, J.E. (2016, April). Invited Talk, "Using White Racial Identity Theory to Avoid Re-Victimizing Survivors of Racial Trauma," California Psychological Association Convention, Irvine, CA.  

Helms, J.E. (2016, February).  Invited Talk, "Having a Conversation about Racial Trauma," Lunch and Learn Lecture Series, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Helms, J.E. (2014, June). Plenary speaker: Identity and Trauma.  Danielsen Institute, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Helms, J.E. (2012, July).  Key note speaker: Review of White racial identity. International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.

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