Provost and Senior Vice President of Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Gerald Porter was previously Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri, a private nonprofit graduate institution with fully accredited doctoral and master’s programs in clinical psychology and other mental health disciplines. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is permanently certified as a School Psychologist in New York.
Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Porter served in a variety of clinical and policy level positions in New York State government, including the State Education Department, the Department of Correctional Services, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Division for Youth, and the Department of Economic Development. His area of policy specialization was meeting the needs of underserved and disenfranchised populations.
For over 20 years, Dr. Porter has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education, training mental health counselors, school psychologists, and educators. He was Chair of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at SUNY Oswego. He was Professor and Dean of the School of Education at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Porter was also founding Dean of the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences at Bastyr University just outside Seattle, Washington.
With over 90 conference presentations, lectures and workshops, Dr. Porter has authored a number of scholarly works, including the Dictionary of Counseling with Dr. Donald Biggs. His research interests include the social construction of race, gender, and psychiatric diagnostic classification. In recent years, his scholarly attention has focused on critical theory, in particular, the ontological assumptions that inform research paradigms and the cultural fallout from the application of different research methodology approaches.
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Areas of Expertise (4)
Certificate of Commendation for Leadership and Student Development (personal)
(1992) University of the State of New York, State Education Department
Certificate of Distinguished Service (personal)
(1992) Board of Education, City School District of Albany, New York
University at Albany, SUNY: PhD, Educational Psychology & Statistics
University of Albany, SUNY: CAS, School of Psychology
University at Albany, SUNY: MS, Educational Psychology
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School of psychological support for transgender and intersexed youth
(March, 2010) National Association of School Psychologists Chicago, IL
Serving transgender African American students in school and community
(February, 2010) 18th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies Baton Rouge, LA
(2003) A survey was administered to randomly selected members of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to assess their beliefs about the etiology of ADHD, the validity of the disorder, and the reliability of the diagnosis and interventions. One hundred and ninety-one members responded. Descriptive information and implications for professional practice from that survey are presented.