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Trimble, Joseph E. Ph.D.



Joseph E. Trimble (PhD, University of Oklahoma, Institute of Group Relations, 1969) is a Distinguished University Professor and member of the Department of Psychology, the Woodring College of Education, and a Research Associate in the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Also, he is a Senior Scholar at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University and a Research Associate for the National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. From 2000-2001, he was a Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Also, he is a President’s Professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Trimble earned a baccalaureate degree from Waynesburg College (now University) in 1961 and pursued graduate studies in psychology at the University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, and the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Ohio University, and the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, /East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Throughout his career, he has focused his efforts on promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives. For 25 years, he worked on drug abuse prevention research models for American Indian and Alaska Native youth and collaborated on a series of studies concerning the etiology of drug abuse among American Indian youth, and America's other ethnic minority populations. Since 1972, he has continuously served as a member of numerous scientific review committees and research panels for the following federal agencies: NIAAA; NIDA; NIA; NIMH; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; NICHD; NCI; National Center for Research Resources, NIH; Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior, NIH; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; National Academy of Sciences; NSF; NIDA’s Subcommittee on Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Risk, Prevention: and the Center for Scientific Review’s Health Behavior Initial Review Group; and NIDA’s Health Services Research Subcommittee. In March 2010, NIH and the Center for Scientific Review appointed him as a Distinguished Editorial Reviewer. Currently he sits on the External Advisory Monitoring Committee for the National Children’s Study and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH Oral Health Disparities Collaborating Centers.

Dr. Trimble has held offices in the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and the American Psychological Association; he holds Fellow status in three divisions in the APA (Divisions 9, 27, and 45). He is past-President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45 of the American Psychological Association) and a Council member for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association). In 1994, he received a Lifetime Distinguished Career Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 45 for his research and dedication to cross-cultural and ethnic psychology. In 1991, he received a Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to the Development and Implementation of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Special Populations Research Programs. And, in 2001, he was awarded the Eleventh Annual Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Professional Psychology at the Teachers College, Columbia University, 18th Annual Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education. He presented over 150 papers, invited addresses, and invited lectures at professional meetings, and generated over 140 publications and technical reports on topics in psychology and higher education research including 18 authored or edited books. His co-edited book with Guillermo Bernal, Ann Kathleen Burlew, and Fred Leong, the Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology, was selected as CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2004. His most recent books include (with Celia B. Fisher) The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities (Sage Publications) and  (with Paul Pedersen, Juris Draguns, Walter J. Lonner) Counseling Across Cultures, 6th Edition (Sage Publications), and (with Miguel Gallardo, Christina Yeh, and Thomas Parham), Working culturally and competently with persons of African, Asian, Latino, and Native Descent: The culturally adaptive responsive model of counseling.

He is a dedicated teacher, researcher and scholar. He is the recipient of three awards from Western Washington University -- the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award in 1985, the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987, and the Paul J. Olscamp Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 1999. In addition, the Washington State Psychological Association awarded him the Distinguished Psychologist Award for 2002. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Peace and Social Justice Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division on Peace Psychology. In 2006, he received the Allen L. Edwards Lecturer Fellowship from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Elder Award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. And, in 2009 he received the Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. Also, in 2009 he received the International Lifetime Achievement Award for Multicultural and Diversity Counseling awarded by the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

He is of Lakota oyate background on his father's side of the family.


Trimble, J. E., Scharron-del Rio, M. & Bernal. G. (2010). The itinerant
researcher: Ethical and methodological issues in conducting cross-cultural mental health research. In D. C. Jack & A. Ali (Eds.), Cultural perspectives on women's depression: Self-silencing, psychological distress and recovery (pp.73-95). New York: Oxford. PDF

Trimble. J. E. (2010). Bear spends time in our dreams now: Magical
thinking and cultural empathy in multicultural counselling theory and practice. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23(3), 241-253. PDF

Trimble, J. E. (2007). Prolegomena for the connotation of construct use in the measurement of ethnic and racial identity. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54(3), 247-258. PDF

Trimble, J. E. (1988). Stereotypic images, American Indians and
prejudice. In P. Katz & D. Taylor (Eds.), Toward the elimination of racism: Profiles in controversy (pp. 181-202). New York, NY: Pergamon. PDF