Sharon Robinson Kurpius


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)
School of Education
Ph.D. 1978


Sharon Robinson Kurpius is a professor of counseling and counseling psychology at the Graduate College of Arizona State University. Kurpius is also the director of clinical training for the counseling psychology program and the CACREP liason for the master's degree of counseling in clinical mental health counseling. She has been at ASU for her entire academic career, which she began after gradating with her doctorate in counseling and educational inquiry methodology from Indiana University in 1978. Her research interests include ethics, health psychology, academic success, multi and cross cultural issues, and adolescents at-risk and has published about 150 articles, book chapters, and books in these topics.

She is a fellow in the American Educational Research Association and three divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA)—Counseling Psychology, Consulting Psychology, and Health Psychology. Kurpius has been recognized for her work, having been awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award from Logan High School in LaCrosse, WI in 1994, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education at Indiana University in 2006, the ASU Graduate College Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2007, and the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology from the APA Society for Counseling Psychology in 2009.