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Christopher Sink

Christopher Sink

Professor of Education; School Counseling

Phone: 206-281-2453
Office: Peterson Hall 407

Education: BA, University of California-Irvine, 1978; MS, California State University-Fullerton, 1981; PhD, University of California-Riverside, 1988. At SPU since 1994.

Christopher Sink, PhD, NCC, LMHC, professor of counselor education at Seattle Pacific University (since 1994), has been actively involved with the counseling profession for nearly 30 years. Prior to serving as a counselor educator, he worked as a secondary and post-secondary counselor. Dr. Sink also has a three-year visiting professor/scholar appointment in the faculty of education and theology, York St. John University, York, England.

Dr. Sink is actively involved with various counseling associations, regularly presenting at state, national, and international conferences. Moreover, he has many years of editorial experience in counseling-related journals (e.g., American School Counseling Association’s journal Professional School Counseling, and American Counseling Association's journal Counseling and Values).

His vita provides an extensive list of publications primarily related to school-based counseling. Currently, Dr. Sink's research agenda focuses on the efficacy of comprehensive school counseling programs, spirituality and positive psychology, student motivation, and psychometrics.  

He splits his teaching role between the MEd School Counseling and doctoral programs.


Child Adolescent Counseling and Spirituality: School Counseling in Positive Psychology

Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa Publishing, 2013

Group Counseling in the Schools, with Cher Edwards and Christie Eppler

Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage, 2012

Mental Health Issues for School Counselors

Florence, KY: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011

Contemporary School Counseling: Theory, Research, and Practice

Florence, KY: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Sink, C.A., and Hyun, J. (2012). "A comprehensive Review of Research on Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Evidence for the Inclusion of Spirituality in School Counseling." Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 2(1), 19–43.
  • Sink, C.A., and Mvududu, N. H. (2010). "Statistical Power, Sampling, and Effect Sizes: Three Keys to Research Relevancy." Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation 1, 1–18.
  • Sink, C.A., and Spencer, L. R. (2005). "My Class Inventory — Short Form as an Accountability Tool for Elementary School Counselors to Measure Classroom Climate." Professional School Counseling, 9(1), 37–48.  
  • Sink, C.A., Akos, P., Turnbull, R., and Mvududu, N. (2008). "An Investigation of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Academic Achievement in Washington State Middle Schools." Professional School Counseling, 12(1), 43–53."

View Dr. Sink's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Christopher Sink

Why I Teach at SPU

Christopher Sink, School Counseling; Professor of Education

"SPU allows me the freedom to explore my academic interests and share them with our amazing graduate students. The value of contributing to a dynamic learning community cannot be underestimated. As we genuinely support each other, my students and colleagues nurture my academic and spiritual development. Hopefully, I foster their growth as well."