Dr. Michael Mobley, an associated professor in the Psychology Department at Salem State University (SSU), will present a colloquium at 11:45 a.m., Monday, May 6, in the Community Room. The title of his talk is “A Rainbow Mosaic: Promoting Health Equity and Enhancing Relationships with LGBT Clients.” The community is invited to attend.
Dr. Mobley received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. Before joining SSU, he served as faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program in the Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1997 to 2008 and in the Counseling Master’s program in the Department of Educational Psychology at Rutgers Graduate School of Education from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Mobley’s expertise and research interests include multicultural counseling competencies, perfectionism, scale development, risks and protective factors mediating resilience among culturally diverse adolescents in community and school settings, and racial, ethnic, gay, and lesbian identity development models. His current research focuses on the cultural relevance of Jessor’s Problem Behavior Theory based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation and its relationship to protective and risk factors among adolescents.
From 1999-2006, Dr. Mobley served as PI of a $ 2.75 million U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP grant, the MU REACH Project in Kansas City, Missouri. For five years, he was president of a nonprofit organization, Community-University Partnership, which sponsored the Columbia PEAK Project, an after-school tutor/mentor project primarily for African-American K-12 students. Dr. Mobley has presented on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, taught an LGBT Psychology seminar, and served as board member of PRISM, an LGBT Youth community-based organization in Columbia, Missouri.
He is a fellow and current treasurer of the American Psychological Association’s Division 17, The Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). In addition, he was a co-founding chair and member of Give Back: Stepping Up to the Plate initiative (now, Community Engagement Committee) and past chair of the Section for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in SCP. Most recently he served as chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns within the American Psychological Association.