Lawrence Gerstein
Lawrence Gerstein
George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling
Curriculum Vitae


Room:HB 449

Lawrence (“Larry”) H. Gerstein is a Ball State University George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions of Counseling Psychology, Peace Psychology, and International Psychology), Fulbright Scholar and Specialist, Advisor to the City University of Hong Kong Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, trained mediator, and co-editor of the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. He earned his BBA from Bernard Baruch College, and MA in rehabilitation counseling and PhD in counseling and social psychology from The University of Georgia. Gerstein completed his pre-doctoral internship in the Counseling Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

He is a co-author of “Theories and Applications of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Relevance  Across Cultures and Settings,” and co-editor of the “International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling: Cultural Assumptions and Practices Worldwide,” “Essentials of Cross-Cultural Counseling,” and “Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology: Leadership, Vision, and Action.” Gerstein has received 2+ million dollars in external funding including four U.S. State Department grants and one U.S. Institute of Peace grant. He recently implemented grants that trained Iraqi young leaders in social entrepreneurship, Pakistani graduate students in American Studies, and sports professionals in India in sports for youth development. Professor Gerstein has engaged in various professional activities in, for instance, China, England, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Portugal, St. Vincent Island, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and the USA. He is a past co-editor of The Counseling Psychologist International Forum, and editor of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.


Cross-cultural psychology, nonviolence, social justice, emotion recognition and regulation, sports for youth development, and applications of social psychology