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Chalice C. Rhodes, PhD, LPC

Chalice Rhodes


Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Family Therapy Department

Chalice C. Rhodes (formerly Jenkins), PhD has over 13 years of experience in the community mental health field. She began her career as a social worker while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rowan University in 1998. After working in the community mental health field for three years, she entered graduate school. In 2003, she earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. While working as a therapist in the community, she returned to school to earn a doctorate degree. Dr. Chalice, as she is affectionately known, earned her PhD from Capella University in 2008. Through her dissertation research, she examined the Sexual Assertiveness Characteristics of Young Adult College Attending African American Women. As a result, she co- published the following:

  • Jenkins, C.C., Kennedy, B.R. (2013). An exploratory study of sexual assertiveness and characteristics of African American women in negotiating condom use at an HBCU. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 20(3), 139-145.
  • Kennedy, B.R., Jenkins, C.C. (2011). Promoting African American Women and Sexual Assertiveness in Reducing HIV/AIDS: An Analytical Review of the Research Literature. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 18(4), 142- 149.

After earning her doctoral degree and becoming licensed as a Professional Counselor in 2008, she gained experience as a supervisor of various community mental health programs. Rhodes also began her career as an adjunct professor in that same year. After 9 years as an adjunct professor, she began her first full-time appointment in academia at Drexel on August 1, 2017. In her short time at Drexel, Rhodes briefly served as Director of Behavioral Health Counseling before being awarded the Dean’s 2020 R3 Research Award. Rhodes and her research team were awarded $10,000 to conduct a qualitative research study investigating the experience of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions' (CNHP) faculty experience of incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into the curriculum. Rhodes was also selected as a 2020 People of Purpose for CNHP. 2020 Nurturing Purpose honorees demonstrate purpose and service in their passions and pursuits.


Rhodes is a Board-Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She specializes in counseling and therapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and women. She has over 12 years of teaching experience in higher education. As an assistant clinical professor at Drexel CNHP Counseling and Family Therapy Department, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Rhodes also served as a member of CNHP's Board of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI). One part of her mission is to infuse all her classes with DEI topics. In this way, students leave her classes with a dynamic multicultural worldview. Cultural competence is another specialty area. Rhodes seeks to make a meaningful contribution in eliminating health disparities while achieving health equity related to determinants of health in underserved and vulnerable populations. Access to and the availability of culturally sensitive healthcare providers plays a critically significant role. Rhodes (formerly Jenkins) recently co-published:

  • Kennedy, B.R., Jenkins, C.C. (2018). African American Women and Depression: Promoting the Need for Culturally Competent Treatment. BRK Global Healthcare Journal, 2(1).
  • Kennedy, B.R., Jenkins, C.C. (2018). Women and HIV: Gender Inequalities of Women Contributing to HIV Pandemic around the Globe BRK Global Healthcare Journal, 2(1).

Rhodes utilizes her combined 25 years of experience in the community mental health field and higher education to fulfill the role of expert presenter. She has been invited by various organizations to present on a variety of topics. Her signature Resilience Arise! and Let It Flow: Negotiating Relationships have been highly requested. In addition, through the integration of behavioral health and physical health, she has been invited to train healthcare students and healthcare professionals on dynamic topics such as Motivational Interviewing. Rhodes' personable and passionate style immediately engages her audience. From teaching the necessary skills to professionals to students to everyday people she seeks to empower participants and those they influence. You will leave her classes and/or workshops with the knowledge and skills to make a difference.

Research Interests:

Rhodes' overarching goal is to eliminate health disparities while achieving health equity related to determinants of health in underserved and vulnerable populations. Her research interests include the impact of mental health and medical disease on mind, body and spirit in racial/ethnic minority cultures. She has a specific interest in the intersection of adverse childhood experiences, chronic pain management, mental health disorders, spirituality and resilience. Another area of research interest is diverse, equitable, and inclusive pedagogy.

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Professional Society:

National Board for Certified Counselors, National Certified Counselor, Board- Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (Georgia), American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and the South Jersey Psychological Association.