Charles Behling

Former Co-Director (retired)

Charles Behling, PhD (he/him/his) retired from the psychology faculty at U-M. A clinical psychologist, he served for 15 years as co-director of IGR. Since retirement, he has consulted with more than 70 universities across the nation regarding the creation of intergroup dialogue programs, based on the U-M model. His PhD and MA are from Vanderbilt University.  He also holds an MA in journalism from the University of South Carolina. His interests in social justice are shaped by his having grown up in the rural South in the days of Jim Crow, before the Civil Rights Movement. He is the father of two sons, one an elementary school teacher in New York City, and the other a graduate student at U-M. Charles now lives in Portland, OR, where he continues to work remotely (and whenever possible, in person) with IGR.

Educational background

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Vanderbilt University
  • MA in journalism, University of South Carolina


Street Address
949 NW Overton St., #305