Angela R. Gillem

Professor, Psychology

1 (215) 572-2184 Retired

About Me

Dr. Angela R. Gillem, Professor Emerita of Psychology, is a licensed psychologist.  She received her B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Boston University.  She has a private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical interests are in racial, sexual, and gender identity and multicultural and evidence based practice. She is a member, past officer (twice), and 2004 conference co-coordinator of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP).  She is also a fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and a member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race and the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA).

In, 2001, she received the APA Division 44 Distinguished Racial/Ethnic Diversity Contribution Award for outstanding scientific, educational, and professional contributions to LGB Issues. In 2004, she received the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award for Distinguished Contributions to AWP and to Feminist Psychology. She served on the steering committee of the 2005 APA National Multicultural Conference and Summit and, for her service, she received the APA Presidential Citation in 2005. In 2006, she received the Arcadia University Cultural Ally Award for dedication to students of color and LGBT students and dedication to multiculturalism on and off campus. In 2007, she received the AWP Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award. In 2014, she received the Arcadia University Professor of the Year Award. In 2015, she became the inaugural recipient of the Provost's Award for Outstanding Advising and Mentoring. 

Dr. Gillem is the first African American to achieve Full Professor (2005) and Emeritus (2017) status at Arcadia University. During her 25 years at the University, she taught the following courses in the Graduate Program in Counseling: Advanced Counseling Techniques, Cultural Bases of Counseling, Strategies for Treating Grief and Bereavement, and Internship Seminar.

Areas Of Focus

Multicultural counseling competence; stereotype threat


Co-Author 2017

Advancing counselor education in evidence-based practice

Article, International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling

Co-Authored with Morrow, M., Lee, H., Bartoli, E.

1st Author 2016

Validation of a Standardized Multiple-Choice Performance Based Multicultural Competence Measure: Implications for Training, Assessment, and Practice

Research Paper, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 44(3), 209-224

Co-Authored with Bartoli, E., Bertsch, K., McCarthy, M., Constant, K., Marrero-Meisky, S., Robbins, S.J., & Bellamy, S

Co-Author 2014

Creating Effective Counselors: Integrated Multicultural and Evidence-Based Curricula in Counselor Education Programs

Article, Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 13(1), 27 - 38

Co-Authored with Bartoli, E., Morrow, M., Dozier, C., Mamolou, A.

2nd Author 2014

Urban African American Students and School Success: Creating a Climate of Care

Article, Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 13(1), 39 - 53

Co-Authored with Christensen, K.

Co-Author 2011

Practicing what we know: Multicultural counseling competence among clinical psychology trainees and experienced multicultural psychologists

Article, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(1), 1-10

Co-Authored with Sehgal, R., Saules, K., Young, A., Grey, M. J., Nabors, N. A., Byrd, M. R., & Jefferson, S.

2nd Author 2008

Continuing to depolarize the debate on sexual orientation and religion: Identity and therapeutic process

Article, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(2), 202—209

Co-Authored with Bartoli, E.

1st Editor 2004

Biracial women in therapy: Between the rock of gender and the hard place of race

Book, Haworth Press

Co-Authored with Thompson, C.

Research Summary

Her current scholarship is focused on multicultural counseling competence and stereotype threat.  Along with her research team, she is currently doing research on a Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy Test (MCPT) that they developed and validated to assess cultural competence in graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology programs. She is also working on a book that focuses on her lived experience of stereotype threat.