Rich Lapan

Richard Lapan

Rich Lapan

Program Coordinator, School Counselor Education
School Counselor Education


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S114 Furcolo


B.A., St. Anselm’s College, 1972
M.A., Duquesne University, 1974
Ph.D, Graduated with Distinction, University of Utah, 1987


Dr. Rich Lapan is School Counseling Program Coordinator and Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Utah's APA accredited Counseling Psychology program in 1987. In his more than thirty years of experience as a professor, he has served as journal editor for Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association, and produced an extensive body of research addressing current topics in the field of education. Dr. Lapan’s research interests include post-secondary student success, college and career readiness, and student safety and connectedness in school. His close collaboration with Norm Gysbers has led to many publications illustrating the importance of a comprehensive guidance curriculum for student achievement. 


Post-seconday student success; College and career readiness; Student safety and connectedness in school

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