Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Richard Balkin

An Outstanding Islander

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Counseling and Education
Dr. Richard Balkin knew that the Island University’s Counselor Education Doctoral Program would be a perfect fit because of its national standing and academic vigor. Balkin joined the University as associate professor in the Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology in 2009. The Little Rock, Ark., native and past-president of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education is excited about opportunities to work with the community’s growing Latino population and assist them in obtaining needed services. In addition, he is conducting research and program evaluation to benefit at-risk youth at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center; forming professional relationships with outstanding graduate students and professors; and looking for additional funding opportunities. In November 2009, he was awarded a grant through the Texas Research Development Fund for Development of the Goal Attainment Scale of Stabilization. His specialty is research methods and statistics, and he seizes opportunities to provide doctoral students, engaged in research, with paid positions. He is also executive editor of the Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research; and a member of the American Counseling Association; the Association of Adult Development and Aging; Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; and the Association for Spirituality, Ethics, and Religious Values in Counseling. Balkin is also a six-degree black belt in tae kwon do who has competed in Italy and Canada.

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