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Helms, Janet E. (1947-)
Chalmer E. Thompson
Janet E. Helms, born in Kansas City, Missouri, is a scholar and educator best known for her work on the theory and measurement of racial identity development and her active involvement in psychological organizations. Over a period of approximately 25 years, Helms's theory of racial identity development has emerged as a set of highly interrelated conceptualizations that describes a process through which people of varying races cope and, invariably, fail to cope with societal racism. Helms's more recent scholarship has focused on test bias. In this body of work, she and her collaborators strive to address the questions of why racial disparities exist in cognitive abilities tests and how test constructors, practitioners, and policymakers can diminish this bias. As theoretician, researcher, mentor, educator, and advocate, Helms represents a positive force in the field of psychology. Her contributions have been applied not only to counseling and psychotherapy training and practice With ...