Thierry Kolpin Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


School Counseling





Thierry Kolpin received his doctorate from Stanford University, 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 interest 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 founding partners for Wise Educational Consultants and 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 (MFTT) and PPS School Counseling Credential

California State University, Long Beach

Thesis: “Attitudes Toward Prostitution”

B.A. Psychology

California State University, Long Beach
Concentration: Counseling

Scholarly Activities

Digital Badging and Competency-based Education

New Media Consortium

Using Digital Badges in Competency-based Education


Innovating Credentials

Lumina Foundation Parchment Summit

Professional Experiences


Devita Health Care

Provide psychological services to patients needing Psychological Interventions.

Campus College Chair

University of Phoenix

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

Faculty Mentor

California Southern University

Teach and oversee the learning of students in courses that are used towards their degree program in psychology and counseling.


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