Pope-Davis recognized for research contributions

Author: Arts and Letters


Don Pope-Davis, vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, has been recognized as one of the leading scholars of multicultural counseling in a paper analyzing the field over the past two decades.

Roger L. Worthington, Angela M. Soth-McNett and Matthew Moreno of the University of Missouri reviewed 20 years of several psychology journals in preparing their paper, which appears in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Researchersreceived a productivity index for each article that they authored or coauthored. In the overall productivity index, Pope-Davis was rated the third leading contributor to the multicultural counseling competencies literature between 1986 and 2005.

Pope-Davis, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000, studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, development, and assessment. Other areas of research include multicultural supervision in professional psychology, development of multicultural measures for assessing environments and supervision, issues of mental health of people of color, and cross-cultural communications.

Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books, “Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education and Supervision,” “The Intersections of Race, Class and Gender in Multicultural Counseling,” and, most recently, “Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology.” He also is a research fellow of the American Psychology Association.

Pope-Davis’ administrative experience includes service for five years in the Notre Dame Graduate School — as assistant vice president from 2002 to 2004 and associate vice president for the following two years. He served on an interim basis for the 2006-07 academic year as dean of the Graduate School. He has been coordinator of the University’s Multicultural Research Institute since 2000 and directs Notre Dame’s TRIO programs — the McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound and Talent Search, all federally-funded educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He has served since 2006 as chair of Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics and as its NCAA faculty athletics representative.

Originally published by William G. Gilroy at newsinfo.nd.edu on March 18, 2008.