Springfield College welcomed William D. Parham, Ph.D., ABPP, the inaugural Director of the National Basketball Players Association Mental Health and Wellness Program and Professor in the Counseling Program at Loyola Marymount University, to the campus on Sept. 24, 2019, in the Fuller Arts Center. Parham’s presentation entitled, “The Ink Used to Indelibly Etch Lasting Impressions: Invisible Tattoos of Trauma within Athletic Communities,” was part of the 2019-20 “Humanics Triathlon” project led by Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, Judy L. Van Raalte.
Parham has consulted with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, United States Olympic Committee, United States Tennis Association, and Major League Soccer. He has worked with athletes across sports (e.g., basketball, football, gymnastics, softball, baseball, track and field, tennis, golf, swimming, volleyball, figure skating) and across levels (e.g., professional, elite, amateur, collegiate and youth).
He is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association where he is also recognized as a Fellow in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and 47 (Society of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology).
He is widely known through his scholarship and conversations with domestic and international audiences for his work on the interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity, and health psychology.
Since 1967, Springfield College has annually appointed a Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics to continue the preservation of Springfield College's guiding philosophy and to examine its implications of pedagogy, curriculum, management, recruitment, campus life, and community impact.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Nearly 5,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.