Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator

Contact Information

Office Information: 
Burk Hall
Room Number: 
(415) 338-2230

Julie Chronister is a professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. She is a faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and a committed teacher, scholar and advocate. Dr. Chronister has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books. She has received funding from NIMH to conduct research in the area of social support and serious mental illness and has been awarded training grants from the RSA to provide scholarships for her students. Dr. Chronister is committed to improving the lives of the most marginalized and stigmatized communities through her research, teaching and community partnerships. Dr. Chronister received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004, and has been writing and conducting research in the areas of social support, coping, caregiving, serious mental illness and disability for over a decade. She is also a co-editor of the book, Understanding Psychosocial Adjustment to Chronic illness and Disability and has presented at over 50 national conferences. Dr. Chronister is on the editorial board of several top-tier peer-reviewed journals and is currently a CALPCC board member. Dr. Chronister is completing an NIMH-funded research project investigating the population-specific types of social support salient to persons living with serious mental illness. Selected publications are listed below.


Chronister, J. (2019). Social Support and Chronic Illness and Disability. In Dunn, D. (Ed.), Disability, Social Psychological Perspectives. Oxford University Press.

Chronister, J. (2019). Social support assessment. In Llewellyn et al. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Chronister, J., & Chou, C.C., Fitzgerald, S. & Liao, H.-Y. (2016). Social support

and persons with serious mental illness: A cluster analysis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin

Chronister, J., Johnson, E. T., Chan, F., Tu, W. M., Y. C. Chung, & Lee, G. (2015). Positive person-environment factors as mediators between perceived burden and quality of life of caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 59, 235-246

Chronister, J., Chou, C., Kwan, K., Lawton, M. & Silver, K. (2015). The meaning of social support for persons with serious mental illness. Rehabilitation Psychology, 60, 232-245.

Chronister, J., Chou, C.C., Liao, H.Y. (2013). The role of stigma coping and social support in mediating the impact of societal stigma on internalized stigma, quality of life and mental health recovery among persons with serious mental illness. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 582-600.

Chou, C.C., Chronister, J., Chou, C.H., & Tan, S.Y. (2013).  Responsibility attribution of HIV-infection and coping among HIV/AIDS injection drug users in Malaysia, AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.

Chou, C. C., Robb, J. L., Clay, M. C., & Chronister, J. (2013). Social support as a mediator between internalized stigma and coping behaviors of individuals with substance abuse. Rehabilitation Research, Policy & Education, 27, 104-107.

Chou, C. C. & Chronister, J. (2012). Social tie characteristics and psychiatric rehabilitation outcomes among adults with serious mental illness. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 55, 92-102.

Chronister, J., Chan, F., Sasson-Gelman, J. & Chiu, C. (2010). The association of stress-coping variables to quality of life among caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabilitation, 27, 49-62.

Johnson, E. K., & Chronister, J. (2010). Psychosocial adjustment and coping in the post-conflict setting. In Martz, E. (ed.), Post-conflict rehabilitation (pp. 265-290). New York: Springer.

Chronister, J., Chan, F., Lynch, R. T., Rosenthal, D. (2008). Evidenced-based practice movement in healthcare: Implications for rehabilitation counseling. Journal of Rehabilitation, 74, 6-15.  

Chronister, J., Chou, C., Cardoso, E., Sasson, J., Chan, F., & Tan, S.Y. (2008). Vocational services as intervention for substance abuse rehabilitation: Implications for addiction studies education. Journal of Teaching in Addictions, 7, 31-56.

Chronister, J., Chou, C.C., Frain, M., & Cardoso, E. (2008). The relationship between social support and rehabilitation related outcomes: A meta-analysis. Journal of Rehabilitation, 74, 16-32

Lee, G., Chronister, J., & Bishop, M. (2008). The effects of psychosocial factors on quality of life among individuals with chronic pain. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 51, 177-189.

Chronister, J., & Chan, F. (2007). Hierarchical coping: A conceptual framework for understanding coping within the context of chronic illness and disability. In E. Martz & H. Livneh (Eds.), Coping with chronic illness and disability: Theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects (pp. 49-72). Springer: New York

Chronister, J., & Chan, F. (2006). The stress process of caregiving for persons with traumatic brain injury: Rehabilitation Psychology, 51, 190-201.

Chronister, J., Johnson, E. K., & Berven, N. L. (2006). Measuring social support in rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 28, 75-84.