I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY, and currently live in Virginia with my amazing wife and three incredible children. When I’m not with them, I spend my time serving as a faculty member in the Curry School of Education at UVA or as  pastor of Victory Church of Charlottesville or on the basketball court trying to recreate the good old days.

I earned my B.S.Ed. in Health/Physical Education and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia before working for several years as a high school counselor. I later earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland where I learned how to think systemically about promoting equity, access, and justice in schools. I continued my studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree and was challenged to analyze the intersection of faith and social responsibility.

My passion is to serve people, especially underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Curriculum Vita


I have the privilege of speaking with diverse audiences – high school students, college students, educators, churches, businesses, and more – on a variety of topics:

Teammates Matter

This seminar cultivates more effective working relationships among teams, whether in sports, business, church or another institution. As part of the workshop, participants take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory and process their results with their teams through a strength-based lens.

 Counseling Athletes

This seminar facilitates the empowerment of participants to promote the wellness of their athletes. Participants will leave with specific strengths-based strategies to promote the healthy identity development process of athletes at the high school, collegiate, or professional level.

 Who Am I Without The Ball?

 This seminar promotes the healthy identity development of high school, college, or professional athletes. A strengths-based analysis of transition is discussed, and participants leave the workshop empowered with concrete steps to personalize and apply in their individual lives.

 Culturally Competent School Counseling

This seminar addresses 4 dimensions of cultural competence. Participants will engage in self-reflection activities that will transform the way they view the children and families they serve. Participants will leave with evidence-based and ready-to-execute strategies.

 Integrity Matters

This seminar dissects the meaning of integrity, and applies it as appropriate to the audience served. Appropriate for K-16 students, educators, business leaders, church leaders, and more.

Select Scholarly Works

Harris, P.C. (2016, January). Culturally competent school counseling. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2016 Webinar Series.

Harris, P.C., Pusser, B., Kelly, D., Gates, P., Bauman, J., Fekadu, S., Desmond, R., & Teate, A. (2016, January). Promoting identity development in student athletes: There’s an app for that. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Annual Convention. San Antonio, TX.

Harris, P.C. (2015, March). Empowering Black male student athletes through group counseling. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2015 webinar series.

Harris, P. C., Hines, E. M., Kelly, D. D., Williams, D. J., & Bagley, B. (2014). Promoting the Academic Engagement and Success of Black Male Student-Athletes. The High School Journal, 97(3), 180-195.

Harris, P. C. (2012). The sports participation effect on educational attainment of black males. Education and Urban Society, 46(5), 507-521.