Academic Title

Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI); Program Director and Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests
  • Multicultural Counseling Competencies
  • Cultural identity development models based on race and sexual orientation
  • Perfectionism
  • Racialized-Terror Management Theory (R-TMT) and Implications for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Research Summary

Dr. Mobley’s expertise and research interests include multicultural counseling competencies, perfectionism, scale development, risks & protective factors mediating resilience among culturally diverse adolescents in community and school settings, and racial/ethnic and gay & lesbian identity development models. His current scholarly work focuses on integrating Racial Threat Theory (RTT) with Terror Management Theory (TMT) and consideration of its implications for diversity, equity and inclusion training.

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Temple University
  • B.S., Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
Areas of Expertise
  • Multicultural Counseling Competencies
  • Cultural identity development models based on race and sexual orientation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
Recent Publications

Chatterjee, D., Mobley, M., & Leong, F. T. L. (under review). Black bodies in White organizations: A racialized terror management theory (TMT) perspective (Submitted to the Review of General Psychology)

Mobley, M. (2020). Healing the soul wound. In R. Borunda (Ed.), What is the color of your heart?: A humanist approach to diversity, (pp. 193-211). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Chun, H. & Mobley, M. (2014). The “Immigrant Paradox” phenomenon: Assessing problem behaviors and risk factors among Immigrant and Native adolescents. Journal of Primary Prevention, 35, 339-356.

Mobley, M. & Chun, H. (2013). Testing Jessor’s problem behavior theory and syndrome: A nationally representative comparative sample of Latino and African American adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 190-199.

Sadberry, S., & Mobley, M. (2013). Sociocultural and mental health adjustment of Black student-athletes: Within-group differences and institutional setting. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7, 1-12.
Hernandez, E., Mobley, M., Coryell, G., Yu, E., & Martinez, G. (2013). Examining the cultural validity of a college student engagement survey for Latinos. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 12(2), 153-173.

Byars-Winston, A. M., Kantamneni, N., & Mobley, M. (2012). The Changing economic order: Implications of economic disparities for counseling psychologists. In N. A. Fouad, J. A. Carter, & L. Subich (Eds.), APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Spanierman, L. B., Oh, E., Heppner, P. P., Neville, H. A., Mobley, M., Wright, C. V., Dillon, F. R., & Navarro, R. (2011). The Multicultural Teaching Competency Scale: Development and initial validation. Urban Education, 46 (3), 440-464.

Chun, H., & Mobley, M. (2010). Gender and grade level comparisons in the structure of problem behaviors among adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 197-207.

Honors and Awards
  • 2015 Fellow, American Psychology Association (APA), Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
  • 2015 Reese House Social Justice Advocate Award, Counselors for Social Justice, the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • 2013 Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychology Association (APA), Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  • 2010 Fellow, American Psychology Association (APA), Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology
  • 2010 Fellow, American Psychology Association (APA)