About Chris Kilmartin

Dr. Christopher Kilmartin is an emeritus college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist.  He retired in 2016 as Professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.  He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a great deal of experience consulting with businesses, college students, human services workers, athletic departments, the military, and counselors.

His major scholarly work is The Masculine Self (5th edition Sloan, 2015, now co-authored by Andrew Smiler), which has also been translated into Korean. He has also co-authored Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism, Overcoming Masculine Depression: The Pain behind the Mask: (also translated into Hebrew and Korean; 2nd edition, 2013), and Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender, a manual based on his consultation experiences.


Drawing on his background as a professional stand-up comedian, Dr. Kilmartin wrote a solo theatre performance on men’s issues entitled Crimes Against Nature.  This work, an integration of his scholarly and performing interests, and performed by the author, has toured to over 150 campuses and other venues for a total of over 220 performances.  He is currently touring with a lecture/storytelling/multimedia hybrid entitled Gendered Fictions: The Challenge of Cultural Change.

Dr. Kilmartin delivered the Keynote address at the NCAA Violence Prevention Summit in 2011 and has also consulted and delivered trainings with the U. S. Department of Education, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the U. S. Institute of Peace, and the international group, Democratic Control of the Armed Forces.  He served as a consultant for three years with the United States Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum.  He was a scriptwriter for an Army training film on the same topic.  He taught a full semester course on diversity and inclusion for Air Force officers and has delivered several workshops on the same topic.  He is affiliated as a Senior Consultant with Newpoint Strategies, a contractor specializing in sexual assault/harassment prevention, as well as inclusion and diversity.

Dr. Kilmartin was the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy for the academic year 2013-14.  In 2007, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, one of only 39 such honors awarded annually worldwide.  He was elected to Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association in 2008 and is a Past President of Division 51 of that organization, the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, which awarded him its Researcher of the Year distinction in 2010.  In 2015, the University of Mary Washington granted him its Professional Achievement Award.  He has been a featured presenter at the National Psychotherapy with Men Conferences.  Dr. Kilmartin is an internationally-recognized expert on gender, violence prevention, diversity, and inclusion.


6 Replies to “About Chris Kilmartin”

  1. Dear Mr. Kilmartin:
    My name is Iva Fugate. I work for a legal aid program in Southeastern Kentucky. Our program hosts an annual one-day training related to family violence prevention issues. Our director has heard you on the radio and told me to look at your website.

    The ideas around our training this is men, promoting positive attitudes toward domestic violence prevention. Many of the topics you have spoken on are perfect for what we wish to have at this training.

    Would you be interested in possibly being a presenter for our conference? If yes, please provide the details for what it would cost for your services. We are hoping to have two separate one-day trainings this year. We are waiting to hear if our grant for 2012 has been approved.

    After hearing from you and our grantors in late January, we will discuss what you tell us and compare it with our budget, etc. We are hoping to host two one-day conferences in 2012. The one is set for October 5, 2012 and the date for the second one is not set yet.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration of presenting at our conference. Have a great day!


    Iva Fugate
    AppalReD Legal Aid
    P O Box 725
    Jackson, KY 41339
    606-666-4941, ext. 8511

  2. Thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you today after your presentation for my multicultural education class. Thank you again!

  3. Dear Chris,

    I was fascinated at this morning’s conference to hear you say that sexually predatory behavior has been so dramatically curtailed by virtue of training. Can you tell me more? Where are the studies about this? And what kind of trainings were conducted? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!


    Ilana Giannini, LCSW

  4. Hi Chris,
    I was in your presentation at NACO last week and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. I got your card after, but have misplaced it. Could I get a copy of your power point presentation please? I would like to do some training with my staff and didn’t get everything in my notes.

    Thanks for the training!

    Kim Muir

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