Benedict McWhirter
Professor, Counseling Psychology and Human Services


  • Attendance and absenteeism
  • Community involvement
  • Health and wellness
  • Juvenile justice
  • Low-income students
  • Parent involvement
  • Peer relationships
  • Poverty
  • Remediation and intervention
  • Risky behavior

Benedict McWhirter is Department Head for the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department and is a professor in the Counseling Psychology program. His research focuses on investigating the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors; factors that enhance adolescent resilience and effective preventive interventions; and emerging adulthood and college student development, retention, and support, with particular emphasis on students of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds and first-generation college students. He is especially interested on the role of connectedness to others (e.g., peers, parents, teachers), environments (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) and to the self as factors that contribute to outcomes among adolescents and emerging adults.