Michael Firmin

Michael Firmin, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology


Dr. Michael Firmin has served as a full-time psychology faculty member since 1988. He serves as Editor for the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research (JEQR) and directs the 30th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research (EQRC) Conference, the 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) Conference, and the 2nd Annual Conference for Academic Research in Education (CARE). Dr. Firmin has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented more than 170 papers in national, juried research conferences. He has a part-time private practice in forensic and clinical psychology. Dr. Firmin is an award-winning classroom instructor and serves as a peer-reviewer and team chair for accreditation site team visits for North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Ohio
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Scholarly Works

  • The Assessment of Differing Presentation Stimuli on Professional Ethics Judgments of Counselors-in-training (Michael W. Firmin) Faculty Dissertations (2000)
  • Behaviorism and the Nouthetic Counseling Model of Jay E. Adams (Michael W. Firmin) Faculty Dissertations (1988)
  • Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education (Patricia Brewer and Michael Firmin) Psychology Faculty Publications (2006)
  • Historical Influences on the Curriculum in Canada (Brenda B. MacKay and Michael W. Firmin) Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)  
  • Stressors Affecting Female, Undergraduate Married Students: A Qualitative Analysis (Michael W. Firmin, Ruth L. Firmin, Christine Keeports, et al.) Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)
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