April 17, 2007
For immediate release
Joseph Ponterotto, UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School alumnus, presents a public lecture on the “Multicultural Personality”
Dr. Joseph Ponterotto will present the talk “Multicultural Personality Development: Implications for Educators, Counselors, and Psychologists” on Thursday, April 26 at 3 pm in Phelps Hall 1172 on the UC Santa Barbara campus. This presentation is free and open to the public. Ponterotto will present his latest research that involves the development and testing of a new theoretical construct in psychology known as the “Multicultural Personality.” The multicultural personality represents a cluster of personality traits that predispose individuals to successful adjustment and adaptation in increasingly culturally diverse environments such as the United States. The presentation will provide an overview of the evolving theoretical model, initial research testing of the model, and ample time for questions and answers.
Ponterotto is an alumnus of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, having earned his Counseling Psychology Ph.D. in 1985. He will receive one of the school’s 2007 Distinguished Education Alumni Awards later on April 26.
Joseph G. Ponterotto is Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Programs in Counseling at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Ponterotto is the co-author or co-editor of ten books in multicultural counseling, a number of which he collaborated on with Gevirtz’s own Dr. Jesus Manuel Casas. His newest book Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors, Educators, and Parents (2nd edition) was recently released simultaneously on three continents: North American, Europe, and Asia. In addition to his book scholarship, Dr. Ponterotto has authored numerous research articles, usually with graduate students as co-authors.
Upon the publication of the second edition of their best selling Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, Dr Donald Pope-Davis of the University of Notre Dame wrote that Ponterotto, Casas, and their co-editors “have once again helped shape the multicultural conversation. To those who have often said, ‘Where is the research?’, look no further.” Not only has the book become a landmark in its field, Ponterotto, Casas, and their colleagues have set up a special arrangement with Sage Publications so that royalties from the book help students interested in specializing in multicultural counseling to attend multi-cultural focused conferences.
[Joseph Ponterotto is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]