See links for a list of academic publications, professional/educational background, & sample professional presentations. For current CV, please email me at


Although retired, I serve in these part-time roles:

Research Associate and Instructor

Western Washington UniversityDepartment of Psychology 516 High Street, MS 9172Bellingham, WA 98225-9172Dept. Main Office Phone 360-650-3515; Fax: 360-650-7305On campus address:WWU MSPsychologyAI434 email:
Codirector, Office of ResearchInternational Institute for the Advancement of Counseling TheorySuite G24701 Powhatan AveNorfolk, VA 23502757-683-6497 (office)

Former position:

Professor and Batten Endowed Chair (retired 2019)

Counseling and Human Services Old Dominion University, Norfolk VADarden College of Education and Professional Services Department of Counseling and Human Services
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Courses Taught (2015-present)

Western Washington University (Bellingham)

  • PSY 551 Developmental School Counseling (Fall 2021: TR 9:40-11:50 am.)

  • PSY 556 Group Counseling for School Counselors (Spring 2021, 2022)

  • PSY 557 Testing and Appraisal in Counseling (Winter 2021)

Old Dominion University (Norfolk VA) (2015-2019)

  • COUN 835 Advanced Counseling Research Design and Assessment

  • COUN 642 Structured Counseling Groups

  • COUN 678 Counseling and Children in School Settings

  • COUN 786/886 Spirituality in Counseling (elective)

  • Doctoral dissertations

*For a list of courses taught at Seattle Pacific University, Northwest Missouri State University, Coastline Community College, please see CV.

Professional Affiliations

Founding and Executive Committee member (2016-Oct 2019)

Professional biography

Christopher A. Sink, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC (WA-Inactive) is currently a Research Associate/Instructor in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University (Bellingham). Previously, from 2015 to Dec 2019, I served as a Professor and Batten Endowed Chair of Counseling at Old Dominion University, Department of Counseling and Human Services (Darden College of Education and Professional Services, Norfolk, VA). I also had long-standing appointments as a Visiting Professor at York St John University, School of Psychological and Social Sciences, York England, as well as a Research Fellow at the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Earlier, I served for 21 years as a professor of counselor education at Seattle Pacific University and five years at Northwest Missouri State University (Department of Psychology), respectively. Prior to counselor education, I had the privilege to serve as a secondary school and community college counselor and instructor. During my time in public education, I specialized in supporting students with special needs.

I have published and presented extensively on various topics related to strengths-based (positive psychology) and systems approaches to school counseling, social-emotional development and learning, spirituality, as well as psychometrics, program evaluation and research methods. I also have consulted with school systems and organizations (e.g., program evaluation, school counseling restructuring).

I was fortunate enough to have many years of chief editorial experience in counseling-related journals: American School Counselor Association's Professional School Counseling; Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling’s Counseling and Values; and International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling’s Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation. Up to Dec 2019, I was associate editor for Counseling and Values, and senior associate editor for Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation. I have also served on the editorial board of several refereed journals, including The Professional Counselor (the National Board of Certified Counselors), Professional School Counseling, Counselling and Spirituality (Canadian), and Counseling and Values. I continue with some ad hoc reviewing for professional journals.


  • PhD Educational Psychology: University of California at Riverside

  • MS Counseling (focus school counseling): California State University at Fullerton

  • BA Psychology (focus cognitive psychology) with honors: University of California at Irvine

  • Numerous internships, etc. related to counseling and education.

Recent scholarly accomplishments

  • 2021 Distinguished Reviewer: the Buros Center for Testing, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Recognized for long-standing commitment to improving the science and practice of testing.

  • 2020 American Counseling Association Research Award: Emily Goodman-Scott, PhD, Christopher Sink, PhD, Blaire Cholewa, PhD, & Melanie Burgess, PhD

  • 2018 The Professional Counselor journal: Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Quantitative or Qualitative Research: Michael T. Kalkbrenner and Christopher A. Sink. Article title: “Development and Validation of the College Mental Health Perceived Competency Scale."

Professional and counseling-related consulting services

  • Consultation (primary foci)

  1. Development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling program (e.g., ASCA National Model)

  2. Counseling education research and statistical work

  3. Measurement and testing

  4. Program evaluation and report writing

  5. Counseling-related support services (MTSS, positive/strength-based counseling methods, etc.)

  6. Social-emotional learning (SEL)

  • Research journal article reviewer

  • Book and book proposal reviewer

  • Advisory board service for counselor professional organizations

  • Faculty mentoring (journal and book writing, assessment, evaluation, statistics)

Published Books

Stern, L. J., Sink, C. A., Wałejko, M., and Wong, P. H. (eds) (2022) The Bloomsbury Handbook of Solitude, Silence and Loneliness. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Sink, C. A., Seo, M., & Kim, D. H. (2014). 아동청소년을 위한 긍정상담 (Positive Counseling for Children and Adolescents- Focusing on Spirituality ) (published in Korean). Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa Publishing.

Sink, C. A., Edwards, C., & Eppler, C. (2012). School-based group counseling. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Sink, C. A. (2011). Mental Health Interventions for School Counselors. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning and Wadsworth Publishing.

Sink, C. A. (2005). Contemporary School Counseling: Theory, Research, and Practice. Houghton Mifflin.

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