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OFA Recipient Frederic Bemak

Frederic Bemak
Professor of Counseling and Development

George Mason University

What inspires me:
"Sharing knowledge, wisdom, and life experiences to motivate others to proactively address issues of human rights, equity, and justice."

Frederic P. Bemak

Frederic P. Bemak, Ed.D., has taught at George Mason University for 17 years and is a professor of counseling and development and founder and director of the Diversity Research and Action Consortium. He founded Counselors Without Borders, taking teams to provide post-disaster counseling and consultation in Haiti, California, Thailand and Burma. Bemak’s work emphasizes cross-cultural psychology and counseling through a human-rights perspective, specializing in immigrants and refugees, post-disaster mental health, vulnerable youth and families, and equity issues in education. Bemak was a Fulbright scholar at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), and a Fulbright specialist at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Anadolu University in Turkey. He was a visiting professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and the National Taiwan Normal University, a Kellogg fellow in international leadership and development, and received an honorary distinguished professorship from Amity University in India. 

Bemak has written seven books and has given invited presentations and consulted throughout the United States and in 55 countries. He has won many awards for his work such as the American Counseling Association (ACA) Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Humanitarian and Caring Person Award and the ACA Kitty Cole Human Rights Award. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, ACA, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and was president of Counselors for Social Justice. Prior to Mason, Bemak held leadership positions at Ohio State University and Johns Hopkins University; he has directed the University of Massachusetts Amherst Upward Bound Program, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Region I Adolescent Treatment Program, and was clinical director of a consortium based at the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

He received his doctorate and master’s in counseling from University of Massachusetts Amherst and his bachelor’s in psychology from Boston University. 

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