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Marc A. Grimmett

Associate Professor

Poe Hall 520D


Research Description

Dr. Grimmett is an Associate Professor, coordinator for clinical mental health counseling, and co-director of the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center (CCERC) of the counselor education program. The conceptual framework for my research agenda is titled RADICAL scholarship, which means Research Action to Deconstruct Institutionalized Cultures and Advocate for Liberation. RADICAL scholarship is informed by psychopolitical validity (Prilleltensky, 2003), which focuses on the extent to which studies in the community integrate: (a) epistemic validity- knowledge of oppression and (b) transformative validity- strategies for promoting psychological liberation in personal, relational, and institutional domains. My research and scholarship currently includes four areas of concentration which are: (a) preventing gender-based violence through education, activism, male engagement, and community partnerships (e.g., executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women); (b) facilitating access to high quality community counseling services (e.g., lead development of Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center (CCERC), where assessment information is used for research); (c) transforming contextual and systemic factors to promote the healthy development of African American people (e.g., conducted a study on the contextual factors, diagnostic processes, and counseling outcomes associated with the diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in African American boys); and (d) developing social justice counselor education teaching and research methods (e.g., developed Documentaries Relating Experience About Multiculturalism Project, DREAM, for Advanced Multicultural Counseling course and lead the RADICAL Scholarship Group, RSG, that conducts anti-oppression, pro-liberation research).


Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Grimmett, M.A., Beckwith, A., Lupton-Smith, H., Agronin, J., & Englert, M. (2017). A community counseling center model for multicultural and social justice counselor education. Journal for Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.
  • Grimmett, M.A., Dunbar, A.S., Williams, T., Clark, C., Prioleau, B., Miller, J.S. (2016). The process and implications of diagnosing oppositional defiant disorder in African American males. The Professional Counselor, 6(2), 147-160.
  • Spencer, N. F., Grimmett, M. A., & Kambui, H. A. (2015). A phenomenological study examining African American parent involvement towards student academic achievement: Implications for school counselors. VISTAS 2015. Retrieved from
  • Grimmett, M. A., & Horne, R. A. (2015). Transformative Black masculinity: Black male student athletes and sexual violence prevention. In R. A. Bennett, III, S. R. Hodge, D. L. Graham, & J. L. Moore, III (Eds.), Black males and intercollegiate athletics: An exploration of problems and solutions. Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Amola, O., & Grimmett, M. A. (2015). Sexual identity, mental health, HIV risk behaviors, and internalized homophobia among Black men who have sex with men. Journal of Counseling and Development.
  • Grimmett, M. A., & Hambridge, D. J. (2013). MY MASCULINITY HELPS [Documentary]. United States of America: NC State University.
  • Hayes, D., & Grimmett, M. A. (2013). Racism and White privilege. In D. Hays & B. Erford (Eds.), Developing multicultural competency: A systems approach (pp.82-103). Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Grimmett, M. A., Locke, D. C., Spencer, N. F., & Rowley, A. S. (2011). Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling. In A. J. Palmo, W. J. Weikel, D. P. Borsos (Eds.), Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (pp. 114-134). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
  • Paisley, P. O., Bailey, D. F., Hayes, R. L., McMahon, H. G., & Grimmett, M.A. (2010). Using a cohort model for school counselor preparation to enhance commitment to social justice. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35(3), 262-270. Reprinted in A. A. Singh & C. F. Salazar (Eds.), Social Justice in Group Work: Practical Interventions for Change. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • Grimmett, M. A. (2010). Brothers in excellence: An empowerment model for the career development of African American boys. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 49(1), 73 - 83.

Courses Taught

  • ECD 524 Career Development and Counseling
  • ECD 525 Multicultural Counseling
  • ECD 536 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • ECD 540 Gender Issues In Counseling
  • ECD 653 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • ECD 790B Counseling Theory and Development: Race, Gender, and Cultures
  • ECD 843 Advanced Counseling Practicum
  • ECD 847 Supervision Practicum