Ronald H. Fredrickson
Ronald Harold Fredrickson (1931-2018), Professor Emeritus of Education, was CSCORE founder Jay Carey’s mentor and colleague, and was current Director Carey Dimmitt’s professor. Our research center was named after him because of our appreciation and respect for his early insight into the value and importance of research in school counseling. His legacy lives on through his family's continuing financial support of CSCORE.
Ron was a man with tremendous integrity and a phenomenal work ethic. Born on a family farm in Kansas, he became a captain in the U.S. Navy, and then completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He began his career at UMass Amherst in the College of Education in 1963, going on to write two books and numerous research articles, primarily on career counseling in schools. He was fundamental in efforts to require school counseling in K-12 schools in Massachusetts.
After retirement in 1992, Ron and his wife Pat (an educator in the Amherst Public Schools) returned to farming in Kansas, but continued to visit UMass Amherst and to be involved in CSCORE’s efforts to improve
educational opportunities and outcomes for all children through
identifying and developing research-based and effective school counseling practices.In 2012 CSCORE was officially named the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation to honor Ron's contributions to our profession, our state, UMass Amherst, our college, and our program.