Christopher Sink, Ph.D., NCC

Current status

Although retired, I serve in this part-time capacity:

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: sinkc@wwu.edu

Former position:

Professor and Batten Endowed Chair (retired 2019)

Counseling and Human Services Old Dominion UniversityDarden College of Education and Professional Services Department of Counseling and Human Services

For publications and sample professional presentations, see links.

CHRIS_SINK_VITA 11-26-2020.pdf

Current status

Although retired, I serve in this part-time capacity:

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: sinkc@wwu.edu

Former position:

Professor and Batten Endowed Chair (retired 2019)

Counseling and Human Services Old Dominion UniversityDarden College of Education and Professional Services Department of Counseling and Human Services


For publications and sample professional presentations, see links.

Professional biography

Christopher A. Sink, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC (WA-Inactive) is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University (Bellingham). From 2015 to Dec 2019, I was the Professor and Batten Endowed Chair of Counseling at Old Dominion University, Department of Counseling and Human Services (Darden College of Education). I also had longstanding 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 spent 21 years as a professor of counselor education at Seattle Pacific University and five years at Northwest Missouri State University, respectively. Prior to serving in academia, I worked as a secondary and community college counselor.

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 consult for 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, he 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.

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 services

Research and statistical work, program evaluation, licensed mental health counseling services, and social-emotional/educational consultation, editorial board memberships of various journals, journal article reviewer, book and book proposal reviewer, serve on advisory boards for counselor professional organizations.

Published Books

* Sink, C. A., Seo, M., & Kim, D. H. (2013). 아동청소년을 위한 긍정상담 (Child adolescent counseling and spirituality: School counseling in positive psychology) (published in Korean). Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa Publishing. http://www.hakjisa.co.kr/

Stern, L. J., Wałejko, M., Sink, C. A., and Wong, P. H. (eds) (forthcoming, 2021) The Bloomsbury Handbook of Solitude, Silence and Loneliness. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Link to Christopher Sink's Amazon.com Author Page

Western Washington University

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

ODU Courses (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

Professional Affiliations

Former member of American Counseling Assn and several affiliates, American School Counselor Assn, etc.

See links for CV, academic publications list, professional/educational background, & sample professional presentations