dr. fred bemak
a professor and academic program coordinator of the counseling and development program in the college of education and human development and founder and director of the diversity research and action center at george mason university, fairfax, virginia. he also founded counselors without borders. previously dr. bemak was a professor and section head for counselor education, school psychology, and rehabilitation services at ohio state university and former associate professor and chair of the counseling and human services program at johns hopkins university. he is also the former director of the university of massachusetts, amherst, upward bound program, clinical director of a u.s. national institute of mental health funded consortium based in the department of psychiatry at the university of massachusetts medical school, and director of the massachusetts department of mental health region i adolescent treatment program. dr. bemak has published extensively in the fields of cross-cultural and multicultural psychology, working with at-risk youth, group counseling, and immigrant and refugee mental health and adjustment. he has co-authored seven books including: social justice counseling: dr. bemak has held three fulbright scholarships (brazil, scotland, and turkey) as well as visiting professor appointments in australia, mexico, and taiwan. he received a world rehabilitation fund international exchange of experts fellowship to work in india and a kellogg fellowship in international leadership and development to work throughout latin america and the caribbean. dr. bemak is a fellow with the american psychological association, the american counseling association, and the association for specialists in group work and received an honorary distinguished professorship from amity university in india.