Cheryl CripperCheryl Crippen, PhD.

I am a proud graduate (2003) of this unique program. I returned to school to study counseling after a decade of working in international development in East Africa, teaching international relations and economics, and promoting international education through study abroad. My multidisciplinary training informs my teaching and research interests, as well as my approach to clinical training.

Using a post-modern, culturally sensitive existential perspective, I believe that meaning is both culturally bound and individually constructed. In practicum courses, I encourage students to explore the worldview of the client while being mindful of the ways in which intersecting cultural identities inform our assumptions, attributions, values, and clinical agenda. In other courses, such as advanced theories and research methods, I facilitate student explorations of diverse ways of being, doing, and knowing in the process of professional development.

For over a decade, I have been part of a research team at UC Irvine investigating the role of the prenatal environment on fetal-infant-child outcomes. In this capacity, I have gained expertise in developmental, social, cognitive, and psychomotor assessments of children as well as cognitive and psychosocial evaluations of adults. Despite my lengthy affiliation on a large-scale, longitudinal study, I remain particularly fond of qualitative research. My current research focuses on processes of cultural adaptation in intercultural relationships and social-emotional adjustment in multiple-heritage young children.

On a personal note, I enjoy landscaping and renovating my 80-year-old home in Fullerton where I have converted my yards into drought-tolerant landscapes and ecological habitats.  I spend my summer and winter breaks on various international adventures, most recently throughout Europe, East and West Africa, the West Indies, and Brazil. I am on the board of a non-profit organization, Friends of Yimbo, which supports collaborative, sustainable, community-based development projects in Western Kenya.  Currently, I am training to overcome my severe altitude sensitivity so that I can summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in the summer of 2016.