Robert Chapman, PhD, to Retire
June 25, 2015
Since joining the Behavioral Health Counseling Department in 2006, Robert Chapman, PhD has endeared himself to students and to faculty throughout the College and University with his thought-provoking lectures on alcohol and other drugs and, more specifically, how to better understand the people who abuse these substances. Among many important contributions to excellence in training the next generation of behavioral health care clinicians is his integration of the Standardized Patient labs in teaching cognitive-behavioral and motivational interviewing counseling skills.
Chapman is also credited with initiating the Department’s Explorations in Behavioral Health Care Careers Summer Institute for high School students. He is probably best known both locally and nationally for his written work and numerous conference presentations on best practices in addressing the problems among college students related to alcohol abuse.
On June 15 at the Department’s Annual Alumni Dinner, Chapman was praised by both former and current students. “They shared personal accounts of how he inspired them through his metaphorical sayings, his experiential learning activities and his mentorship, often conducted via an open invitation to visit his office to share a cup of tea and conversation,” said colleague, Ron Comer, DSW. “Dr. Robert’s influence on the Drexel community will be felt for years to come.”