Rex Stockton came to Indiana University in 1968 as Coordinator of Regional Campus Research and Development. In 1970, he added the additional title of Associate Dean in the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Research and Advanced Study. Throughout this time, he taught one course per year and conducted research as a faculty member in what is now the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. In 1975 he gave up administration for full-time research and teaching.
Dr. Stockton's research team has systematically investigated aspects of group dynamics and factors of therapeutic change. Another focus has been investigating various training approaches for group leaders. Dr. Stockton was one of the first group counseling researchers to study a uniquely group phenomenon with methods that took into account the complexity of group interactions. The results of some of some of his research team's findings have been utilized to develop "best practice" guidelines for those doing group work. In addition to extensive publication, this work has resulted in the awarding of major research awards. For example, he is a recipient of the American Counseling Association's Extended Research Award and the Association for Specialists in Group Work Eminent Career Award. Also, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. Stockton has been active in developing training procedures for group counseling. He has published extensively and conducted many workshops, nationally and internationally, in this area. Dr. Stockton is a recipient of the Burton W. Gorman Teaching Award at Indiana University and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Distinguished Mentor Award.
Throughout his career Dr. Stockton has been active in counseling organizations at the state, national, and international level. Most notably, he has been a division President of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and President of the Research and Assessment Corporation for Counseling. These activities have given him a perspective on the development of counseling globally. With Dr. Stockton's strong research and training background, at the request of the African Association of Guidance and Counselling, he has begun a program in sub-Saharan Africa. This project is to train human service personnel working with HIV/AIDS in group work. A model of this training is being developed for expansion to other regions beyond sub-Saharan Africa.