Michael T. Kalkbrenner and Christopher A. Sink

Michael T. Kalkbrenner and Christopher A. Sink received the 2018 Outstanding Scholar Award for Quantitative or Qualitative Research for their article, “Development and Validation of the College Mental Health Perceived Competency Scale.”

Michael T. Kalkbrenner, PhD, NCC, is an assistant professor of counseling and educational psychology at New Mexico State University. His research interests include college student mental health, interprofessional approaches to physical and mental wellness, and reducing barriers to counseling. He conducts quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on quantitative methodology in psychometrics. Dr. Kalkbrenner has clinical experience providing counseling to a variety of populations in an array of different settings, including medical residents, veterans, college students, and children.

Christopher A. Sink, PhD, NCC, is a professor and the Batten Chair of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University. His current research interests involve the intersection of mental and school-based counseling, psychometrics, social and emotional learning, ecological and systemic approaches to prevention, positive psychotherapy, and spirituality as an important feature of adolescent resiliency. Dr. Sink serves as the editor of the Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling) and associate editor for Counseling and Values (American Counseling Association). He has also served on the editorial boards of multiple peer-refereed journals, including The Professional Counselor (National Board for Certified Counselors), Professional School Counseling (American School Counselor Association), and Counselling and Spirituality (Saint Paul University, Canada).

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