Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice: Lessons Learned from the Evolution of Vocational Psychology

  • David L. Blustein Boston College


This chapter appears in J. P. Sampson, E. Bullock-Yowell, V. C. Dozier, D. S. Osborn, & J. G. Lenz (Eds.), Integrating theory, research, and practice in vocational psychology: Current status and future directions. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University. Retrieved from

The chapter is based on a paper presented at the conference of the Society of Vocational Psychology, May 16-17, 2016, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.  A video presentation of a preliminary version of this paper may be retrieved from

Correspondence should be addressed to David L. Blustein, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Campion 315, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA  02467. E-mail:

Key Words:  Vocational psychology; history of career development; psychology of working; historical analysis; critical psychology; career development; theory, research, practice integration; work volition; career choice privilege

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