College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Seth Christman

  • Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Assistant teaching professor

  • Educational Psychology
    143 Education Sciences Bldg.
    56 East River Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0364

Seth Christman

Areas of interest

  • College student mental health
  • LGBTQ+ experiences of trauma and resilience
  • Intersectionality, anti-oppressive practices, and healing in teaching, research, and therapy
  • Supervision & mentorship in counseling and psychology

PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Miami
MEd, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland
BS, Psychology, University of North Dakota


Life has taken me many places, from my youth on a North Dakota cattle ranch, to community-engaged education in East Baltimore, to doctoral studies near the beaches of Miami. Teaching, research, and practice in counseling has always been a professional haven for understanding these vast cultural spaces and for coming to a deeper understanding of myself, others, and society. Clinically, I am a licensed psychologist with several years of experience practicing in college counseling settings. My research, too, centers around college mental health, as well as LGBT well-being, and multicultural competence in supervision and therapy. In the counselor education program, I’ve taught courses such as Introduction to Clinical Mental Health, Diagnosis & Treatment, and Counseling Internship. I value a collaborative, culturally-informed learning experience and enjoy supporting students through mentorship and advising.


Smith, L., Bernal, D.R., Schwartz, B.S., Whitt, C.L., Christman, S.T., Donnelly, S., Wheatley, A., Guillaume, C., Nicolas, G., Kish, J., & Kobetz, E. (2014). Coping with vicarious trauma in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 42(1), 2-12.

Wheatley, A., Christman, S.T., & Nicolas, G. (2012). Walking the talk: Reflections from a community-focused dialogue series. Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 4(1), 1-17.

Nicolas, G., Bernal, D., & Christman, S.T. (2010). Acculturation, acculturative stress, and depression among Haitians in the United States. In L. Sher & A. Vilens (Eds.), Immigration and mental health. New York: Nova Science Publishers.


Brown, N., Byrd, B., Christman, S.T., Guerrero, S., & Vue, K. (2019, January). It’s hard out here: Mental health in communities of color. Program presented at St. Cloud State University Power in Diversity Conference, St. Cloud, MN.

Christman, S.T., Lee, B., Vue, B., Vue, X., & Yang, T. (2018, November). Southeast Asian students: Experiences, identity, and support in higher education. Program presented at the Minnesota College Professionals Association Annual Conference, Mankato, MN.

Christman, S.T. (2016, October). The roles of queer faculty: Challenges, strengths, and intentionality. Program presented at the Inter-faculty Organization LGBTQIAA Annual Conference, Roseville, MN.

Christman, S.T. (2014, October). GLBTQ mental health: Understanding stress, coping, and well-being. Program present at the Minnesota College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Kavaliauskas, L., Christman, S.T., Sperling, L., Mcknight, J. (2013, March). Graduate student mental health: Guiding thoughts for student affairs practitioners. Commission for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs and Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Sponsored Program presented at the American College Personnel Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Christman, S.T. (2012, March). GLB mental health: Incorporating strengths and multiple identities. Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Sponsored Program presented at the American College Personnel Association Convention, Louisville, KY.

Evans, S., Christman, S.T., Huggins, A.C., Mescia, N. (2011, June). Promoting strengths, prevention, empowerment and community change through organizational development: Strategies and tools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Christman, S.T., Birichi, D.K., & Whitt, C.L. (2011, March). For ourselves and others: LGBTQA professional’s self-care and wellbeing. Roundtable presented at the American College Personnel Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.