Dr. Sharon Bethea
Counselor Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5545
Courses Taught
COUN-401 Professional Orientation and Legal/Ethical Practices
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling
COUN-403 Theories of Counseling
COUN-408 Research Seminar
COUN-415 Children and Youth in School and Family Systems
COUN-430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
ICSE-103 Introduction to Inner City Studies
AFAM-200 Introduction to African/African American Studies
AFAM-301 Foundations of African Civilizations
AFAM-302 Foundations of Africans in the Diaspora
AFAM-303 Global Collaborations: Cross Cultural Research in Ghana
COUN-406 Group Counseling
Research Interests
African/Black Psychology; African Centered Spirituality; Sawubona Healing Circles; Genocide and Human Rights; Youth Civic Engagement; Oakland Freedom Schools

University of Missouri at Columbus
Educational Psychology, Ph.D.

John F. Kennedy University
Clinical Psychology, M.A.
Specialization: Marriage, Family, Child, and Adolescent Counseling

San Francisco State University
Psychology, B.A.

Selected Publications

Kafanabo, E., Neville, H.A., Bethea, S.L. (In review). Siasa na Jamii: Civic  Engagement among Secondary School Students in Tanzania. Journal of Black  Psychology. 

Bethea, S. L., Hickson, J. (2022). Honoring and Celebrating the Women of the Black Panther Party. In Huberta L Jackson (ed.). Afrikan American  Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture. San  Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing

Bethea, S. L. (2018). Kuja Nyumbani: Using African centered pedagogy to educate  Black students in the academy. In O. Perlow, D. Wheeler, S. Bethea, B (eds.).  Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and  Healing within and beyond the Academy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Perlow, O., Wheeler, D., Bethea, S., Scott B. (2018). Black Women’s Liberatory  Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing within and beyond the  Academy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Tavakoli, S., Mei-Whei Chen, M., Zook, N., Bethea, S. L. (2015). Attachment, combat  exposure, and post-trauma cognitions as predictors of PTSD and PTG in  Veterans. Journal of Military and Government Counseling. (3) 2, 113-130.|

Bethea, S. L., Payne, M. (2015). Children’s defense fund: Oakland freedom school. In Shujaa, M. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African cultural heritage in North America. Thousand Oaks: Sage 2015.

Perlow O., Bethea, S. L., Wheeler, D (2014). Dismantling the master’s house: Black  women faculty challenging white privilege/supremacy in the college classroom.  Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.  

Bethea, S. L. (2013) The impact of Oakland freedom school’s summer youth program  on the psychosocial development of African American youth. Journal of Black  Psychology, (38) 4, 442-454 

Bethea, S. L. (2013). Illumination of the spirit: The evolution of an African centered  social justice counselor. In J. Carlson & J. Kottler (eds.). Helping Beyond the 50  Minute Hour: Therapists Involved in REAL Social Action. NewYork:  Routledge, 2012. 

Bethea, S. L., Allen, T. (2013). Past & present societal influences on Black couples  that impact sex, love, and intimacy. In Helm, K. & Carlson, J. (ed,). Love,  Intimacy, Sex and the African American Couple – New York: Routlege, 2012. 

Bethea, S. L. (2008). A chronology of the education of Black people in Illinois to 1874.  Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission 2008 Report II: v2 

Smith, S. M. & Bethea, S. L. (2004). The emotionally intelligent educator. NABTE  Review, 31, 69-75. 

Additional Information

In addition to her teaching responsibilities in the Department of Counselor Education, Dr. Bethea also teaches as an affiliate faculty member in the African/African American and Inner City Studies programs.

Room LWH 4004
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

(773) 442-5545
Office Hours
Summer 2024:
Office Hours TBA
Main Campus