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Charles Chen


Charles Chen
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0718
email: cp.chen@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

Vocational and career psychology broadly defined, life-career integration and development, meaning making and human agency in worklife, career theories and counselling approaches, postmodern and humanistic inquires in counselling and career psychology, Morita therapy and Morita-philosophy-based career counselling intervention, counsellor education and training.

Charles P. Chen, PhD, is Professor of Counselling and Clinical Psychology at OISE, University of Toronto (UofT). He was a Canada Research Chair (2006-2016) in Life Career Development. He is a Distinguished Honorary Professor and Guest Chair Professor at more than 10 major universities around the world. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a noted social scientist in Canadian Who's Who and Who's Who in the World, being selected for the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. As well, he is an award-winning professor for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at OISE, UofT. Between 2000 and 2020, a total of 19 doctoral graduates and 22 MA graduates completed their thesis research work under the supervision of Professor Chen. Among these graduates are registered psychologists and tenured university faculty across Canada. Charles is a keynote/plenary speaker and regular presenter at conferences, and has been a distinguished guest speaker in various academic and professional contexts around the world over 180 times. He is also a featured expert in news media. His works include 6 scholarly/research books, 14 book chapters, and over 60 refereed journal articles. His book "Career Endeavour (Ashgate, 2006)" received the best counselling book award in Canada. He received a total of 1.58 million Canadian-dollar research grants from the Canadian government. According to Google Scholar, Professor Charles P. Chen is one of the Top 9 most cited authors in literature regarding postmodern constructivist and constructionist studies within the realm of counselling and


Representative Publications

  • Chen, C. P., & Lalovic, A. (2019). Career development for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in Canada. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(3), 167–173. https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416219828087
  • Corey, P., & Chen, C. P. (2019). Young women’s experiences of parental pressure in the context of their career exploration. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(2), 151-163.  (doi: 10.1177/1038416219830102)
  • Chen, C. P., & Javid-Yazdi, M. (2019). Career counselling strategies to enhance the vocational wellness of journalists. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(1), 31-38.  (doi: 10.1177/1038416218790239)
  • Chen, C. P., & Keats, A. (2016). Career development and counselling needs of LGBTQ high school students, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 44(5), 576-588. (doi: 10.1080/03069885.2016.1187709)
  • Chen, C. P., & Hong, J. W. L. (2016). Career development of Chinese Canadian professional immigrants. The Career Development Quarterly, 64(3), 272 - 286. (doi: 10.1002/cdq.12060)
  • Chen, C. P., & Haller, S. (2015). The role of career counselling in supporting career wellbeing of nurses. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24(1), 15-26.  (doi: 10.1177/1038416214555772)  
  • Chen, C. P., & Chan, J. (2014). Career guidance for learning-disabled youth. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 14(3), 275-291. (doi: 10.1007/s10775-014-9270-6)
  • Chen, C. P., & Wong, J. (2013). Career counselling for gifted students. Australian Journal of Career Development, 22(3), 121-129.  (doi:10.1177/1038416213507909)
  • Chen, C. P. (2013). Rejuvenate career counselling training in counsellor education. Australian Journal of Career Development, 22(2), 72-81.
  • Chen, C. P., & Vollick, S. (2013). Multiple identities and career development of GLB immigrants. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26(2), 208-224.
  • Novak, L., & Chen, C. P. (2013). Career development of foreign trained immigrants from regulated professions. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 13(1), 5-24.
  • Kennedy, T., & Chen, C. P. (2012). Career counselling new and professional immigrants: Theories into practice. Australian Journal of Career Development. 21(2), 36-45.
  • Cassie, D. V. W., & Chen, C. P. (2012). The gender-mediated impact of a career development intervention. Australian Journal of Career Development. 21(1), 3-13.
  • Chen, C. P. (2011). Life-Career reengagement: A new conceptual framework for counselling people in retirement transition. Australian Journal of Career Development, 20(2), 25-31.
  • Chen, C. P. (2011). Life-Career reengagement: Considerations and implications for counselling people in retirement transition. Australian Journal of Career Development, 20(2), 32-40.
  • McInnes, T., & Chen, C. P. (2011). Chronic career indecision: Amalgamate career development theories and action research perspectives. International Journal of Action Research, 7(1), 80-100.