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.


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