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Charles Chen

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

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

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

Teaching Overview

APD1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work
APD1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood
APD1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling
EDU5560H Career Guidance in School: Development and Transition

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.

Professional Activities

Charles P. Chen, Ph.D., is Professor of Counselling Psychology and a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Life Career Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. He is a full member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and thus a supervisor for both Master's and Doctoral thesis research at OISE, University of Toronto. He serves as an external examiner for the Ph.D. degree internationally.

Charles is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at Fudan University, and a Visiting Professor in Applied Psychology at the Educational Science College of Shanghai Normal University, China. He has also been a Guest Professor and faculty academic visitor at a number of major universities internationally, including University of Pretoria in South Africa, Tongji University in China, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the University of Hong Kong. A counsellor educator for 18 years, Charles taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada before joining the University of Toronto where in 2005 he was the only inaugural recipient of the OISE University of Toronto David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.