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Thierry Kolpin Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


School Counseling



Thierry Kolpin received his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Education, with an emphasis in school and community-based counseling psychology. He has taught at several institutions of higher education including Santa Clara University, California State University Long Beach, University of La Verne Regional Campuses, and California Southern University. He has developed and instructed on subjects including counseling, psychology, education, law, and ethics. Dr. Kolpin’s research interests include school counseling perceptions, counseling effectiveness in schools, mindfulness in counseling, and professional development schools, and he has published and presented on research locally and nationally.  He practices part time as a psychologist in the greater Long Beach area, and he is one of the researchers and developers for the Professional Development School Exploration and Assessment (PDSEA) process that several schools and universities have used to determine readiness to engage in school-university partnerships.  Dr. Kolpin volunteers monthly with his wife and three children at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and enjoys spending time with family and friends (including four-legged ones) at the beach.



  • School Counseling
  • Education


Ph.D. in School and Community Based Counseling Psychology

Stanford University

Dissertation: ATOD Primary Prevention

M.S. Counseling MFCC and PPS School Counseling Credential

California State University, Long Beach

Thesis: “Attitudes Toward Prostitution”

B.A. Psychology

San Jose State University

Concentration: Counseling

Scholarly Activities

Partner Decision Making: Assessing PDS Partnership Readiness, Information Age Publishing
Concept of readiness: Assessing factors of a PDS partnership, NAPDS Journal
The career domain: Transitional counseling in the school, Kendal Hunt Publishing

Professional Experiences

DeVita Health Care Partners, Long Beach, CA

Clinical Psychologist, 2016

Through an integrative model with medical professionals, provide psychological services to patients needing mental health treatment 

Jewish Children and Family Services, Long Beach, CA

Research Consultant and Clinical Supervisor, 2015

Provide support and guidance in the gathering and presenting of data related to mental health counseling in the public PK-12 schools, and provide clinical supervision to doctoral candidates gathering hours towards licensure while working in the schools

University of Phoenix, Sacramento, CA

Campus College Chair, 2015

Oversee the College of Social Sciences, including programs in MFT Candidates, Bachelor’s in Human Services, and a Psychology

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