Manivong Ratts, PhD, LMHC, NCC

PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, Oregon State University
MS, Counseling, Oregon State University
BA, Psychology, Western Washington University

Professor, Counseling (COUN)
Chair, Leadership and Professional Studies Department (AEDT, COUN, EDLR, SDAD, TESOL)

Phone: (206) 296-2843

Building/Room: Loyola 216

Manivong Ratts CV

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Manivong J. Ratts has two lines of research: (1) multicultural and social justice competent counseling and (2) LGBTQ courtesy stigma.

Multicultural and Social Justice Competent Counseling  

This area of research is focused on integrating multicultural and social justice competencies into counseling theory, practice, and research. Moreover, the research in this area addresses the need to deliver multicultural and social justice competent counseling and balancing individual counseling with social justice advocacy. Research in this area include:

  • Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies  
  • Counselor-Advocate-Scholar (CAS) Model  
  • Advocacy Competencies Self-Assessment Survey (c)   

LGBTQ Courtesy Stigma  

This area of research focuses on the stigma heterosexuals experience as a result of their association with LGBTQ individuals. Specifically, this area of research explores the barriers heterosexuals experience to being a LGBTQ ally. Current research in this area focuses on:

  • LGBTQ courtesy stigma experienced by heterosexual youth
  • LGBTQ courtesy stigma experienced by school staff
  • LGBTQ courtesy stigma experienced by heterosexual parents

Student Research Team  

Below are students who are currently a part of his research lab. Graduate counseling students who are interested in being a part of Dr. Ratts's research lab can contact him directly at:

Myra Flor-Arpin Myra is a 3rd year school counseling student at Seattle University. 

Michael Matsumoto: Michael Matsumoto is a third year graduate student at Seattle University for a M.ED in School Counseling. He received his undergraduate degree at The University of Washington in Sociology. Michael believes in cultivating an accepting and supportive school environment for all students, including those from historically marginalized or underrepresented communities.

Paula Olson: Paula is from the Seattle area and graduated from Sammamish High School and completed her undergraduate degree at Washington State University. She has a family with two sons that are 7 and 9. Her career for many years has been in sales and marketing with large companies. In 2013, she decided to pursue a career change back to counseling, which had been a passion and degree focus during her undergraduate years. She is currently completing her internship at Nathan Hale High School and expects to graduate with a Master's degree in School Counseling from Seattle University in June, 2016.

Maryam Brown: Maryam is a third-year graduate student at Seattle University majoring in Community Counseling. Prior to attending Seattle University, she earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis on Teaching Adults from Walden University and a bachelor's degree in French Translation from Allameh Tabataba'i University in Iran.  She is currently serving her practicum/ internship at Navos Mental Health Solutions in Burien, Washington. She is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma, specifically as the result of social inequity and injustice. Her research interests include the intersectionality between gender norms, dominant discourse, and mental health as well as multicultural and social justice oriented counseling practices. 


Dr. Manivong J. Ratts is associate professor of counseling at Seattle University. He holds a doctorate in counseling from Oregon State University, a CACREP-accredited program. To reach a broad audience I have published in various outlets ranging from books to peer-reviewed journals to videos. A selection of these publications are made available here on this website. I have published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, and Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development. I have also authored two books Counseling for Multiculturalism and Social Justice: Theory, Integration, and Application (2014) with Dr. Paul B. Pedersen and ACA Advocacy Competencies: A Social Justice Framework for Counselors (2011)  with Dr. Rebecca Toporek and Dr. Judy Lewis. In addition, I have a DVD series through Alexander Street Press titled Four Approaches to Counseling One Client: Medical, Intrapsychic, Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Models (2011) and Five Force in Counseling and Psychotherapy (2013) as well as numerous book chapters and articles centered on social justice in counseling. I have also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. In 2014, I was selected to chair the Special Committee on the Multicultural Counseling Competencies commissioned by the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association. This committee was charged with updating the Multicultural Counseling Competencies developed by Sue, Arredondo, and McDavis (1992). This work led to the development of the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies, which were endorsed by the AMCD Executive Council on June 29, 2015 and the American Counseling Association on July 20, 2015.

For an extended biography, access to publications and consultation services, please visit Dr. Ratts's professional website:  

Recent Grants and Awards

Pride Foundation Grant, $2,500. Principal Investigator, 2009

Professional Development Grant, $1,000. Seattle University. Principal Investigator, 2011

Professional Development Grant, $1,000. Seattle University. Principal Investigator, 2009

Research Grant $2,000. Seattle University. Principal Investigator, 2008

Professional Development Grant, $1,000. Seattle University. Principal Investigator, 2008

Pride Foundation Grant, $3,500. Principal Investigator, 2007

Oregon State University, LGBT Grant, $16,000, Co-investigator, 2005

Teaching, Learning and Technology Grant, $1,000. Harper College. Principal Investigator, 2001

International Studies Grant, $1,000. Harper College. Principal Investigator, 2000

WSCA Service Award (State), 2009

WACES Multiculturalism and Social Justice Advocacy Award (Regional), 2008

LGBTQ Ally Award, Seattle University (Institutional), 2008

AMCD Professional Development Award (National), 2008

WACES Emerging Leader Award for Multicultural Education, Global Diversity/Social Justice (Regional), 2006

Counselors for Social Justice O’Hana Award, American Counseling Association (National), 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Counselor Education, Oregon State University (Institutional), 2003-05

Human Rights Award, Oregon Counseling Association (State), 2004

Culture Student Award, College of Education, Oregon State University (Institutional), 2004

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, E.O.P. Department, Oregon State University (Institutional), 1998-99

Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, Oregon State University (Institutional), 1998

Selected Publications

*Ratts, M.J., Kaloper, M., McReady, C., Tighe, L., Butler, S.K., Dempsey, K., & McCullough, J. (2013). Safe Space Programs: Creating a Visible Presence of LGBTQ Allies in K-12 Schools. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, (7), 387-404.

Lewis, J.A., Ratts, M. J., Paladino, D. A., & Toporek, R. L. (2011). Social justice counseling and advocacy: Developing new leadership roles and competencies. The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, (3)1, 5-16.

Ratts, M. J. & Wood, C. (2011). The fierce urgency of now: Diffusion of innovation as a mechanism to integrate social justice in counselor education. Counselor Education and Supervision, 50(3), 207-223.

Ratts, M. J. (2011). Multiculturalism and social justice: Two sides of the same coin. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 39(1), 24-37.

Chang, C.Y., Crethar, C., & Ratts, M.J. (2010). Social justice: A national imperative for counselor education and supervision. Counselor Education and Supervision, 50, 82-87.

*Ratts, M. J., Anthony, L., & Santos, K. N. T. (2010). The dimensions of social justice model: Transforming traditional group work into a socially just framework. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35(2), 160-168.

Ratts, M. J. (2009). Social justice counseling: Toward the development of a “fifth force” among counseling paradigms. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 48, 160-172.

Ratts, M. J. & Hutchins, M. (2009). ACA Advocacy Competencies: Social justice advocacy at the client/student level. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 269-275.

Ratts, M. J., DeKruyf, L., & Chen-Hayes, S.F. (2007). The ACA Advocacy Competencies: A social justice advocacy framework for professional school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 11(2), 90-97.