© 2017 Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President

Rosie Phillips Bingham, Ph.D., ABPP



Rosie Phillips Bingham, Ph.D. ABPP, former Vice President for Student Affairs and current Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis. She earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. Her primary practical and scholarly passions are: the power of inclusion; multicultural vocational psychology; ethics; and living well in a diverse society. She currently serves on the American Psychological Association Finance Committee and the American Psychological Foundation Board.


She previously served on the American Psychological Association Board of Directors, The Council of Representatives for Divisions 1 and 17, and is past President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (17). She has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including current service on the Journal of Career Assessment, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on career counseling and has co-edited two books.


Her awards include the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award, the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award (Division 45, 2004), the Dalmas A. Taylor Award, the National Multicultural Conference Certificate of Appreciation (2007), the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (2007). Dr. Bingham has received an APA Presidential Citation, was named an Elder by the National Multicultural Conference and Summit and received the Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice for APA Award, 2015.


Dr. Bingham, along with Drs. Lisa Porche-Burke, Derald Wing Sue, and Melba Vasquez is a founder of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.


From Rosie about Rosie:

My parents were sharecroppers in Mississippi.  They moved to Memphis when I was about 4 or 5 years old.  Even when I was that young we all had work to do.  In Memphis, my father was a garbage man and a part of the 1968 Sanitation Strike that was happening when Dr. King was killed.  My mother cleaned houses for white women and earned 20 -25 dollars a week.  My parents had 6 boys and 6 girls.  I am number 5; their 1st together. 


I have been married to my best friend, John Davis for 33 years and our son’s name is Akil.  He is a struggling artist in New York.  We are middle class, but just about everybody in our family is poor so our checks are family checks.  I don’t understand why it is so hard to move the needle. 


I work with poverty in our community.  I am a founding member of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.  Our mission is to help women and children reach their full potential.  We work to help women reach economic sufficiency because we believe that if you help a woman you help her family.  If you help the family, you help the community.  If you help the community, you help the nation; you help the world.  That’s all I want…to help the world.  So Dream Big with me and Let’s Do More.



Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President



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Rosie and some of her siblings

Rosie's son, Akil, and husband, John.

Rosie volunteering in the 9th Ward in New Orleans

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