Mark Leach

Mark Leach

Professor, Interim Department Chair
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 329 - College of Education & Human Development

Dr. Leach's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Oklahoma, 1991.
  • Staff Counselor on Predoctoral Internship, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1990-91
  • Psychology Predoctoral Intern, University of Utah Counseling Center, 1989-90
  • One year of Master's Program, 1986
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1985

Research Interests

Most of my research has a cultural component, at both the national and international levels. My current work focuses on forgiveness, particularly the factors involved with one ethnic group (or individual) forgiving another ethnic group (or individual). I also conduct research in other areas of forgiveness, including a current study with one of my students on long-distance relationships and forgiveness. I also engage in research on culture and suicide, and also how religion and spirituality influence attitudes and behavior. I also work in the area of international ethics, meaning I look for common and unique psychological ethical standards across countries to determine what psychology values internationally, and what values are culturally distinct. Finally, I have written on internationalizing the psychology curriculum and other areas related to professional issues.

Teaching Areas

  • Ethics and Professional Seminar
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Practicum

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Chair-Elect, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, Society of Counseling Psychology, 2011-2012
  • Invited Speaker, International Congress of Psychology, 2012
  • Chair, Continuing Education Committee, Member Interface Board, Society of Counseling Psychology, 2010-2011
  • Continuing Education Committee, Member Interface Board, Society of Counseling Psychology, 2008-2010
  • Tri-Chair, International Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, 2008-2010.
  • Research Fellow. Michigan State University Center for Multicultural Psychology Research, 2008-present
  • Keynote Speaker. Culture and suicide: What are we missing? American Association of Suicidology conference, Boston, MA, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Divisions 17, 36, 52
  • International Association of Applied Psychology


  • Leach, M.M., Stevens, M.J, Ferrero, A., Korkut, Y., & Lindsay, G. (Eds.) (in press). Oxford handbook of international psychological ethics. Oxford University Press. Expected publication date 2012.
  • Leong, F.T.L., Pickren, W. Leach, M.M., Marsella, A.J., & (in press). Internationalizing the psychology curriculum: Meeting the challenges and opportunities of a global era. Springer. Expected publication date 2011.
  • Jacobs, S., Leach, M.M., & Gerstein, L. (in press). Introduction and overview: Counseling psychologists’ roles, training, and research contributions in large-scale disasters. The Counseling Psychologist.
  • Leach, M.M., & Aten, J. (Eds.) (2010). Culture and the therapeutic process: A guide for mental health professionals. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Aten, J., & Leach, M.M. (Eds.) (2009). Spirituality and the therapeutic process: A comprehensive resource from intake to termination. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Leach, M.M., Baker, A., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2011). The influence of Black racial identity on the forgiveness of Whites. Journal of Black Psychology, 37, 185-209.
  • Leach, M.M., Greer, T., & Gaughf, J. (2010). Linguistic analysis of interpersonal forgiveness: Process trajectories. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 117-122.