John E. Queener

John E. Queener

Title: Professor
Program: Counseling Psychology
Office: CAS 363
Phone: (330)972-6149
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Dr. John E. Queener, Jr. obtained his BA from The College of Wooster, MA from The Ohio State University, and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron. He is a professor and teaches graduate courses in Counseling Psychology in the School of Counseling at The University of Akron. He is a former co-training director of the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology.  He writes and publishes research in the areas of multicultural issues, culturally specific interventions, retention and African American males, and resistance to multiculturalism. He is also a member of the Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association. He is the current president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.  He is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology. He is chair of the Division of Health and Education for the Eastern Education Research Association. He currently serves as the Program Director for Minority Behavioral Health Group, a non-profit organization founded to reduce the mental health disparities for African Americans and other under-served populations. He is the former president of The University of Akron’s United Forum of Black Faculty, Administrators and Staff.  Queener has been the recipient of several awards for his efforts to increase diversity in the mental health field and higher education.  His awards include: Community Service for Mental Health in 2014; The Pan African Students Association Professor of the Year award, 2010;  the  College of Education Community Service award for his work and scholarship on Inclusive Excellence in 2008, the 2006 American Psychological Graduate Students Organization’s Kenneth and Mamie Clark award for  contributing to the development of ethnic minority psychology graduate students, the 2005 Society of Counseling Psychology Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity Community Service Award for his promotion of culturally relevant services in the community, and the 2004  University of Akron’s Office of Multicultural Development Legacy, Leadership, and Excellence Award for his efforts to make the University of Akron  a more inclusive place of learning.  


Owens, D., Stewart, T. & Queener, J. E. (in press). Non-Traditional Clinical Approaches: Black Males. In W. Ross (Eds.). African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Information Age Publishing. Greenwich, CT.

Queener, J. E., & Smith, S. D. (2008). Managing resistance- The difference between success and failure of multicultural competency initiatives. In White, J.L., and Henderson, S.J. (Eds.). Building Multicultural Competency: Development, Training, and Practice (pp. 143-153). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Perosa, L., Perosa, S., Queener, J. E., (2008). Assessing Competencies for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals, Couples, and Families: The State of the Field. Journal of GLBT Issues in Counseling,,2, 159-169.

Stadulis, R. E., MacCracken, M. J., Ford, B. A., Morse, R. E., Queener, J. E., Sadler, C. Park, K. (2008). Appropriateness of the Social Physique Anxiety Scale for Children (SPAS-C). Research quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79 (1), A74-A75.

Hall, D.H. & Queener, J. E. (2007) Self-Medication Hypothesis of Substance Abuse: Testing Khantzian's Updated Theory. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39, 151- 158.