College of Education *
College of Education *
Robert W. Lent (CHSE)
Robert W. Lent
Contact Information:
Room: 3214 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-2878
E-mail: boblent@umd.edu

Robert W. Lent (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)
Professor, Counseling Psychology; CoPE
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)

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Research Interests | Bio | Fellowships | Honors & Awards | Grants & Projects | Publications |

Research Interests

Applications of social cognitive theory to academic and career behavior, counselor training and development, psychological wellness, relationship adjustment processes, and promotion of health behaviors.

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Professional Biography

Robert W. Lent is Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University in 1979. After serving as Staff Psychologist at the University of Minnesota's Student Counseling Bureau from 1979-85, he joined the counseling psychology faculty at Michigan State University (1985-95). He has been at the University of Maryland since 1995. During the 2006-07 academic year, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Lent has published extensively on applications of social cognitive theory to academic and career behavior. His other research interests include counselor training and development, psychological wellness, relationship adjustment processes, and promotion of health behaviors. Dr. Lent is a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is also a recipient of the John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research (Division 17, APA) and the Distinguished Achievement Award in Vocational Psychology, Society for Vocational Psychology.

Dr. Lent is co-editor, with S.D. Brown, of the Handbook of counseling psychology (1st - 4th editions) and Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (1st - 2nd editions). Along with M.L. Savickas, he has also co-edited, Convergence in career development theories: Implications for science and practice. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

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Fellowships

Fellow, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), American Psychological Association

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Honors & Awards

Honorary Member, Societa Italiana per l'Orientamento (Italian Society for Vocational Guidance) - 2011

Distinguished Achievement Award (for lifetime achievement in vocational research), Society for Vocational Psychology, a Section of Division 17, American Psychological Association - 2010

College of Education Distinguished Leadership Award, University of Maryland - 2010

College of Education Scholarship Award, University of Maryland - 2004

John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research, Division 17, American Psychological Association - 1993

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Grants & Projects

Lent, R.W., Miller, M.J., & Smith, Paige, E. A Longitudinal, Mixed-Method Test of a Social Cognitive Model of Women’s Adjustment to STEM Majors: Building an Empirical Foundation for Theory-Based Interventions. National Science Foundation Grant HRD-0827470, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering. September, 2008 - August, 2012. (Role: PI)

Lent, R.W. Visiting Scholar, DHS Research Opportunity Program. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. August, 2006 - May, 2007. (Contract)

Lopez, A.M., Giguette, M., & Schulte-Gipson, L.J. A Study of Gender-based Differences and Ethnic and Cultural Models in each of the Computing Sciences. National Science Foundation, Grant HRD-0332780. September 2003 - August, 2006. (Role: Consultant)

Schmidt, L.C., Bigio, D.I., Lent, R.W., & Schmidt, J. BESTEAMS Model of Team Development Across the Curriculum. National Science Foundation, Grant Due-0089079. June, 2001 - May, 2006. (Role: Co-PI)

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Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Brown, S.D., Lent, R.W., & Knoll, M. (in press). Applying social cognitive career theory to criminal justice populations: A commentary. The Counseling Psychologist.

Hui, K., Lent, R.W., & Miller, M.J. (in press). Social cognitive and cultural orientation predictors of well-being in Asian American college students. Journal of Career Assessment.

Lent, R.W., & Brown, S.D. (in press). Social cognitive model of career self-management: Toward a unifying view of adaptive career behavior across the lifespan. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Hoffman, M.A., Lent, R.W., & Raque-Bogdan, T.L. (2013). A social cognitive perspective on coping with cancer: Theory, research, and intervention. The Counseling Psychologist, 41, 240-267.

Lent, R.W. (2013). Career-life preparedness: Revisiting career planning and adjustment in the new workplace. Career Development Quarterly, 61, 2-14.

Lent, R.W., Miller, M.J., Smith, P.E., Watford, B.A., Lim, R.H., Hui, K., Morrison, M.A., Wilkins, G., & Williams, K. (2013). Social cognitive predictors of adjustment to engineering majors across gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83, 22-30.

Lent, R.W. (2012). Work and relationship: Is vocational psychology on the eve of construction? The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 266-276.

Lent, R.W., Taveira, M., & Lobo, C. (2012). Two tests of the social cognitive model of well-being in Portuguese college students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 362-371.

Sheu, H., Rigali-Oiler, M., & Lent, R.W. (2012). Multicultural Counseling Self-Efficacy Scale - Racial Diversity Form: Factor structure and test of a social cognitive model. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 527-542.

Brown, S.D., Lent, R.W., Telander, K., & Tramayne, S. (2011). Social cognitive career theory, conscientiousness, and work performance: A meta-analytic path analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 81-90.

Lent, R.W., Lopez, F.G., Sheu, H., & Lopez, A.M. (2011). Social cognitive predictors of the interests and choices of computing majors: Applicability to underrepresented students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78, 184-192.

Lent, R.W., Nota, L., Soresi, S., Ginevra, M.C., Duffy, R.D., & Brown, S.D. (2011). Predicting the job and life satisfaction of Italian teachers: Test of a social cognitive model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 91-97.

Lent, R.W., Paixao, M.P., da Silva, J.T., & Leitao, L.M. (2010). Predicting occupational interests and choice aspirations in Portuguese high school students: A test of social cognitive career theory. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 244-251.

Lent, R.W., Sheu, H., & Brown, S.D. (2010). The self-efficacy-interest relationship and RIASEC type: Which is figure and which is ground? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 219-225.

Lent, R.W., Sheu, H., Gloster, C.S., & Wilkins, G. (2010). Longitudinal test of the social cognitive model of choice in engineering students at historically Black universities. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 387-394.

Sheu, H., Lent, R.W., Brown, S.D., Miller, M.J., Hennessy, K.D., & Duffy, R.D. (2010). Testing the choice model of social cognitive career theory across Holland themes: A meta-analytic path analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 252-264.

Singley, D., Lent, R.W., & Sheu, H. (2010). Longitudinal test of a social cognitive model of academic and life satisfaction. Journal of Career Assessment, 18, 133-146.

Book Chapters

Lent, R.W. (in press). Promoting meaning and purpose at work: A social cognitive perspective. In Dik, B.J., Byrne, Z.S., &Steger, M.F(Eds.), Purpose and meaning in the workplace. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lent, R.W., Morrison, M.A., & Ezeofor, I. (in press). The career development of people with disabilities: A social cognitive perspective. In D.R. Strauser (Ed.), Career development, employment, and disability: From theory to practice. New York: Springer.

Lent, R.W. (2013). Social cognitive career theory. In S.D. Brown and R.W. Lent (Eds.), Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (2nd ed.) (pp. 115-146). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lent, R.W., & Brown, S.D. (2013). Promoting work satisfaction and performance. In S.D. Brown and R.W. Lent (Eds.), Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (2nd ed.) (pp. 621-651). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lent, R.W., & Brown, S.D. (2013). Understanding and facilitating career development in the 21st century. In S.D. Brown and R.W. Lent (Eds.), Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (2nd ed.) (pp. 1-26). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lent, R.W., & Fouad, N. A. (2011). The self as agent in social cognitive career theory. In P.J. Hartung & L.M, Subich (Eds.), Developing self in work and career: Concepts, cases, and contexts (pp. 71-87).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lent, R.W., & Sheu, H. (2010). Applying social cognitive career theory across cultures: Empirical status. In J.G. Ponterotto, J.M. Casas, L.A., Suzuki, & C.M Alexander, (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural counseling (3rd ed.) (691-701). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lent, R.W. (2008). Understanding and promoting work satisfaction: An integrative view. In S.D. Brown & R.W. Lent (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Psychology (4th ed.) (pp. 462-480). New York: Wiley.

Lent, R.W. (2007). Restoring emotional well-being: A theoretical model. In M. Feuerstein (Ed.), Handbook of cancer survivorship (pp. 231-247). New York: Springer.

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