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Erik Porfeli Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Family & Community Medicine

 

Phone: (330)325-6114

Location: R-164

eporfeli@neomed.edu

 

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Erik Porfeli, Ph.D.


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Professional Highlights

Erik Porfeli, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Admissions. Dr. Porfeli coordinates pipeline and community outreach activities for the College of Medicine at NEOMED. He works with faculty, staff, and administration in the College of Medicine to assure seamless coordination of community engagement activities throughout the NEOMED University consortium. He also takes an active role in the admissions arena, working closely with Chair of Admissions, the Executive Director of NEOMED Admissions, and the Associate Dean of the College of Medicine to ensure a mission-centered admissions process. Finally, Dr. Porfeli leads the evaluation of our NEOMED Education for Service Program and our NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.

Education

Professional Experience

Practice/Research Interests

Dr. Porfeli’s primary research interest lies in how people become socialized to, learn about, and enter into the world of work. This program of research reflects conceptual and empirical efforts to demonstrate that children establish conceptions of work, which serve as antecedents to increasingly realistic educational and work aspirations during the adolescent period and eventual work choices and experiences during young adulthood. These educational and career pathways are presumed to be bounded by person-level and contextual affordances as well as barriers that arise at the interface of the person embedded within a hierarchical configuration of contexts. This developmental-contextual approach offers great potential for interdisciplinary work within and outside the U.S., particularly for bridging aspects of life-span psychology and life-course sociology within the domains of vocation and career. This approach has also been applied by Dr. Porfeli and his collaborators to sub-populations like medical students seeking and committing to their medical residency choice.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Porfeli, E. J., Richard, G. V., & Savickas, M. L. (2010). Development of specialization scales for the MSPI: A comparison of empirical and inductive strategies. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77, 227-237.
  2. Wang, C., Algozzine, B., Ma, W., & Porfeli E. J. (2011). Oral reading rates of second-grade students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103 (2), 442-454.
  3. Porfeli, E. J., Lee, B., Vondracek, F. W. And Weigold, I. (2011). A multi-dimensional measure of vocational identity status. Journal of Adolescence, 34 (5) 853-871.
  4. Savickas, M. L. & Porfeli, E. J. (2011). Revision of the Career Maturity Inventory: The adaptability form. Journal of Career Assessment, 19 (4) 335-374.
  5. Porfeli, E. J., Lee, B., & Weigold, I. K.  (2012). A multidimensional measure of work valences. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80(2), 340-350.
  6. Porfeli, E.J., & Savickas, M.L. (2012). Career Adapt-Abilities Scale-USA Form: Psychometric properties and relation to vocational identity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80,748-753.  doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2012.01.009
  7. Savickas, M.L., & Porfeli, E. J. (2012).  Career Adapt-Abilities Scale: Construction, reliability, and measurement equivalence across 13 countries. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 661-673. doi:10.1016//j.jvb.2012.01.011


Selected Recent Presentations

International

  1. Negru, O., Porfeli, E. J., & Crocetti, E. (2011, September). Preparing for the future: an analysis of educational and vocational identity in Romanian adolescents. In I. Kiss (Chair) Challenges for Vocational Designing in the World-2. Symposium presented at the international conference on Vocational Designing and Career Counseling, Padua, Italy. Abstract published in Vocational Designing and Career Counseling: Challenges and New Horizons (p. 87), La.R.I.O.S.
  2. Porfeli, E. J., & Ferrari, L. (2011, September). The role of parents in shaping children's' views about work. In F. Vondracek (Chair) Fostering Career Development Among Youth: Developmental-Contextual Perspectives. Symposium presented at the international conference on Vocational Designing and Career Counseling, Padua, Italy. Abstract published in Vocational Designing and Career Counseling: Challenges and New Horizons (p. 149), La.R.I.O.S.
  3. Savickas, M. L., & Porfeli, E. J. (2011, September). The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale: Construction, reliability, and measurement equivalence across 13 countries. In M. Duarte (Chair) The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale. Symposium presented at the international conference on Vocational Designing and Career Counseling, Padua, Italy. Abstract published in Vocational Designing and Career Counseling: Challenges and New Horizons (p. 13), La.R.I.O.S., University of Padua.
  4. Porfeli, E. J., & Savickas, M. L. (2011, September). The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale: Construction, reliability, and initial validity of the USA form. In M. Duarte (Chair) The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale. Symposium presented at the international conference on Vocational Designing and Career Counseling, Padua, Italy. Abstract published in Vocational Designing and Career Counseling: Challenges and New Horizons (p. 14), La.R.I.O.S.
  5. Porfeli, E. J. & Lee, B. (2012). Work valences as predictors of career adaptabilities over time. In B. Krake and E. Porfeli (co-Chairs) Individual and Social Influences on Adolescents’ Career Development - International Perspectives. Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, BC, Canada

National (USA)

  1. Porfeli, E. J. & Lee, B. (2010). A multi-dimensional measure of vocational identity status. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Porfeli, E. J. (2011). The role of expressed and inventoried interests in predicting residency choices. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges Professional Development Conference for Student Affairs and Careers in Medicine, Miami, FL.
  3. Savickas, M. L. & Porfeli, E. J. (2011). Career adapt-abilities: A model and measures. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Career Development Association, San Antonio, Texas.
  4. Weigold, I. K., Porfeli, E. J., & Weigold, A. (2011). Examining two aspects of personal growth initiative theory: Salience and wellbeing. Poster presented at the 119th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.


Selected Awards

Faculty Research Scholar - Institute for Social Capital, UNC-Charlotte

Early Career Professional Award - Society for Vocational Psychology