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Charles Chen

Charles Chen

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.

Representative Publications


Chen, C. P. (2006). Career endeavour: Pursuing a cross-cultural life transition. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate.
(Note: This book was the winner of the 2008 Best Counselling Book Award in Canada.)

Book Chapters

Chen, C. P. (in press). Career meaning making: An essential in life. In M. McMahon & M. Watson (Eds.), Career counselling and constructivism: Foundational constructs. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Chen, C. P. (2008). Career guidance with immigrants. In J. Athanasou & R. V. Esbroeck (Eds.). International handbook of career guidance (pp. 419-442). New York: Springer.

Chen, C. P. (2008). Coping with work and family role conflict: Career counselling considerations for women. In J. Athanasou & R. V. Esbroeck (Eds.). International handbook of career guidance (pp. 443-460). New York: Springer.

Burwell, R., & Chen, C. P. (2008). Positive psychology for work-life balance: A new approach in treating workaholism. In R. J. Burke & Cooper (Eds.), The long working hours culture: Causes, consequences and choices (pp. 295-313). Bingley,UK: Emerald Group Publishing,

Chen, C. P. (2008). Identity confusion: Responses. In N. Arthur & P. Pedersen (Eds.), Case incidents in counseling for international transitions (pp. 124-130). Washington, DC: American Counseling Association Press.

Chen, C. P. (2007). Narrative counselling: An emerging theory for facilitating life career success. In J. G. Maree (Ed.), Shaping the story: A guide to facilitating narrative career counselling (pp. 16-33). Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik Publishers.

Other Information

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 career psychology.