Contemporary Models in Vocational Psychology: A Volume in Honor of Samuel H. Osipow

Contemporary Models in Vocational Psychology: A Volume in Honor of Samuel H. Osipow

Contemporary Models in Vocational Psychology: A Volume in Honor of Samuel H. Osipow

Contemporary Models in Vocational Psychology: A Volume in Honor of Samuel H. Osipow


This volume, prepared in honor of Samuel H. Osipow, a prominent teacher, researcher, author, and pioneer in vocational psychology, deals with significant theoretical and practical issues in the field of vocational psychology. As a state-of-the-art review of contemporary models of vocational psychology, this book will provide current and up-to-date coverage of the topics. It will also contain in-depth reviews of models of vocational psychology by leading scholars, including career decision making models, career self-efficacy, occupational stress, cross-cultural assessment of interests, and career counseling services within university systems.

A major theme that runs throughout all chapters is the concept of change. This unifying theme is fitting since the authors have prepared their chapters in honor of Osipow, who has significantly changed the field over the last four decades.

This volume should serve as a valuable resource for vocational psychology researchers, counseling graduate students, and career counselors. In addition to being a professional text, it should also be a useful supplement text for career development and career counseling courses in graduate programs of counseling, counseling psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology.


Frederick T. L. Leong The Ohio State University

Azy Barak University of Haifa

This collection of innovative scientific chapters was sparked by the retirement of Samuel H. Osipow from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Osipow, a prominent teacher, researcher, and author, has left his stamp in nearly every area of career psychology: career development theory, career decision-making models, vocational assessment, cross-cultural and minority groups issues, counseling interventions, counseling services provision, organizational consultation, professional intervention ethics, research methodology, and teaching. His active involvement in this broad variety of areas and his dynamic activity—18 books and more than 200 articles published, plus numerous paper presentations—have earned him a central place in the Hall of Fame of career psychology. In addition to his scientific activities, Osipow has continually been involved in academic teaching, supervision, administration, and professional organizations. Osipow was the chairperson of the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University for 13 years, president of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Counseling Psychology, and chairperson of numerous committees and task forces at APA and other bodies, such as the APA Committee on Women in Psychology and the APA Council of Editors. He was the founder and the first editor of The Journal of Vocational Behavior (1970-1975), and he edited the Journal of Counseling Psychology (1975-1981) and Applied and Preventive Psychology (1993-1999). An examination of his specific deeds and activities indeed leads to the conclusion that he has turned over stones and cultivated these fields in an attempt to facilitate constructive change.

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