Chief Program Director

Dr. John E. Queener Jr.

Dr. John E. Queener, Jr. obtained his Bachelors from The College of Wooster, Masters from The Ohio State University, and received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron. He currently teaches graduate courses in Counseling Psychology in the School of Counseling at The University of Akron, and he is co-training director of the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Queener writes and publishes research in the areas of multicultural issues, culturally specific interventions, retention and African American males, and resistance to multiculturalism. He is also a member of the Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association. He is the current president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, and is also an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology, and Chair of the Division of Health and Education for the Eastern Education Research Association.

Dr. Queener has been the recipient of several awards for his efforts to increase diversity in the mental health field and higher education. His awards include:

  • The 2010 Pan Students Professor of the Year award 2010
  • The College of Education Community Service award for his work and scholarship on Inclusive Excellence in 2008
  • The 2006 American Psychological Graduate Students Organization’s Kenneth and Mamie Clark award for contributing to the development of ethnic minority psychology graduate students
  • The 2005 Society of Counseling Psychology Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity Community Service Award for his promotion of culturally relevant services in the community
  • The 2004  University of Akron’s Office of Multicultural Development Legacy, Leadership, and Excellence Award for his efforts to make the University of Akron a more inclusive place of learning

Dr. Queener currently serves as the Chief Program Director for Minority Behavioral Health Group, a non-profit organization founded to reduce the mental health disparities for African Americans and other under-served populations. He is married to Charlene Queener and they have four children: Malik, Aisha, and twins Jelani and Jabari.


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