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Christopher Sink, Ph.D, NCC


Old Dominion University
Professor and Batten Chair, Counseling and Human Services

Darden College of Education
Department of Counseling and Human Services, Office 2127
4301 Hampton Blvd  
Norfolk, VA 23529-0266

757-683-6395 (Office Voicemail) 
757-683-3326 (Dept. Phone) 

"If we're about serving kids, then we need to change the system to meet the kids, rather than trying to change the child to meet the system." 


For publications and sample professional presentations, see links at the bottom this page.

Professional biography:

Christopher Sink, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC (WA-Inactive) is a Professor and Batten Endowed Chair of Counseling at Old Dominion University, Department of Counseling and Human Services (Darden College of Education). Dr. Sink has appointments as Visiting Professor at York St John University, School of Psychological and Social Sciences, York England, as well as Research Fellow at the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).  Earlier, he spent 21 years as a professor of counselor education at Seattle Pacific University and five years at Northwest Missouri State University.  Prior to serving in academia, Dr. Sink worked as a secondary and community college counselor. 

He has many years of chief editorial experience in counseling-related journals (American School Counselor Association's Professional School Counseling and American Counseling Association’s (ASERVIC) Counseling and Values.  Dr. Sink currently serves on the editorial board of several refereed journals, including The Professional Counselor (the National Board of Certified Counselors), Professional School Counseling (American School Counselor Association), Counselling and Spirituality (Canadian), and Counseling and Values (American Counseling Association and Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling). Currently, he is associate editor, Counseling and Values, and chief editor, Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE). JSCPE is published in conjunction with the International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC) and the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA.

He also does consulting for school systems and organizations (e.g., program evaluation, school counseling restructuring) as well as presents regularly at scholarly and professional conferences in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Sink publishes and presents on various topics related to strengths-based school counseling.  He's particularly interested in social-emotional learning (SEL), positive psychology and counseling, spirituality, and evaluation and research methods (evidence-based practice).  

Recent scholarly accomplishment: 

Michael T. Kalkbrenner and Christopher A. Sink

2018 The Professional Counselor journal "Outstanding Scholar Award Winner – Quantitative or Qualitative Research" for their article, “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/

Link to Christopher Sink's Amazon.com Author Page

ODU Courses

Fall 2018
  • COUN 642 Structured Group Counseling
Spring 2019
  • COUN 835 Advanced Counseling Research Design and Assessment. 3 Credits.
  • COUN 678 Counseling and Children in School Settings
Summer 2019
  • COUN 786/886 Spirituality in Counseling

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC, a division of American Counseling Association)
  • Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES, a division of American Counseling Association)
  • International Association for Counseling (IAC)
  • International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation inSchool-Based Counseling (ISPRESC), Founding and Executive Committee member (2016-present)
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
  • Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA), Vice President Counselor Education (2016-present)

Current Service to Journal Editorial Boards

*Also previously served as journal editor

Professional and Research Interests

  • Social and Emotional Development and Learning
  • Research methods in school-based counseling, including evidence-based research methods
  • Spirituality and Positive Psychology in Education and School-based Counseling
  • Personalism in counseling
  • School-based counseling methods (individual and group counseling) and responsive services
  • Comprehensive School Counseling
  • Measurement and psychometric issues related child and youth development and personal-social characteristics
  • Ongoing research projects: 
    • Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in WA state high schools and impact on academics and social-emotional learning
    • Principal investigator: "Happiness and Meaning-making Project" multi-state (WA, MI, NC and national (US, Korea, S. Africa) investigating on the predictive value of spiritual well-being dimensions on happiness after statistically controlling for temperament in grades 3-6 children. (Connections between these variables and student outcomes are also being studied.)
    • Psychometric investigations on My Classroom Inventory-SFR (parent version) with elementary school children and their teachers.
    • Psychometric study of new instrument, Life Perspectives Inventory, with American and Korean adolescents.

See links below for curriculum vita, academic publications list, professional/educational background, & sample professional presentations


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