Robert Colbert, associate professor in the Neag School of Education, passed away on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.
Colbert arrived as a faculty member at the Neag School in 2001, coming to UConn from University of Massachusetts — Amherst. He received tenure and appointment to associate professor in 2008.
For the past three years, Colbert has served as program coordinator of the counseling program within the Neag School’s Department of Educational Psychology. His research expertise and interests focused on addressing disparities in public schools based on race and included the study of microaggressions, discipline sanctions, school counselors’ role in facilitating positive student racial identity development, and college and career readiness in urban schools.
“UConn students, fellow faculty, and schoolchildren around the region have benefited from Dr. Robert Colbert’s longtime commitment to alleviating disparities in public schools and to enhancing the role that school counselors can play as change agents in schools,” says Del Siegle, department head and professor of educational psychology at the Neag School.
Colbert earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education and master of arts degree in school counseling from the University of Kansas; and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin.