Faculty & Staff

Varda Konstam, PhD

Professor Emerita of Counseling and School Psychology,


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Additional Information

Varda Konstam, PhD, conducts research in three primary areas:

  1. the developmental period of emerging adulthood (ages 18-29)
  2. professional development of counselors (school and mental health) post formal training
  3. adaptation to chronic illness, a longstanding interest that has resulted in multiple publications over a period of 15 years

The most recent publications related to emerging adulthood include the study of leisure activities among career indecisive emerging adults as well as perfectionism and online activity among emerging adults (with Dr. Ilana Lehmann). She is the sole author of the book Emerging and Young Adulthood: Multiple Perspectives, Diverse Narratives. Currently, Konstam is preparing manuscripts with UMass Boston colleagues and students that examine the influence of systemic support and commitment to evidence-based practice on work engagement among counselors. Konstam is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Massachusetts School Counseling Association, and Massachusetts School Psychologists Association.