Todd Kates, PhD

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72 East Concord Street
Robinson Bldg. B-212
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-2320
Fax: 617-414-2323


I received my BA from Boston College, and my MA degrees from Tufts University and my PhD from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


Dr. Kates has served as the Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston since 1997 having worked for UCP in a variety of roles since 1983.  He served as the chairperson of Department of Developmental Services’s Human Rights Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Association of Developmental Disability Providers.  For several years he volunteered with AIDS Action Committee running the first support group for family members of persons with AIDS.  Dr. Kates is an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University and Boston University School of Medicine in the Counseling Psychology Departments.  He has been active on local boards of directors of 2 theater companies and volunteers with a summer hosting program for Russian orphans and works with Friends of Russian and Ukrainian Adoption.

Clinical Interest

  • Disability Services
  • Chronic Illness and Families, Adoption

Questions & Answers

Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy.

Answer: I teach mostly classes that are more applied than theory, so I believe that the best way to learn is via discussion, role-plays and practical application.  Class participation is essential to get the most of out of the classes.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of counseling psychology?

Answer: I started in the field in high school working in an Early Intervention Program; my interest grew from there and began studying psychology in college and later pursuing advanced degrees in the field.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching in the MHCBM Program?

Answer: I enjoy the diversity of the student body and the excitement they bring to my classes.