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James Wilcox Lichtenberg

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 214
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

James W. Lichtenberg is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education (PRE). He also serves as the School of Education’s Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research. He has previously held the position of Director of the University Counseling Center and as Director of Training for the doctoral program in counseling psychology. He is Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 17, Counseling Psychology; Div. 29, Psychotherapy) and of the American Educational Research Association, the Association Psychological Science, and the Kansas Psychological Association (serving twice as chair of its ethics committee). He is active in APA/Div. 17, having chaired Div. 17’s Education and Training Committee, its Awards and Recognition Committee, its Fellowship Committee, its special task group on empirically supported interventions, and as a representative to the APA Council of Representatives. From 1994-97 he served as the Division’s Vice President for Science. He has served on and chaired the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He has served on and chaired APA’s Commission on Accreditation, and he is a member of several editorial boards for journals in professional psychology. At the local level, he has served twice as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA) and as a member of the KPA Board of Governors. He teaches graduate courses in the area of counseling/psychotherapy theory and research and in professional ethics. He has published extensively in the area of counseling/psychotherapy processes.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota

B.A., Psychology, Miami University

Upper Arlington High School

Teaching Interests

  • Counseling and psychotherapy research
  • Professional ethics
  • Counseling and psychotherapy theories
  • Counseling and psychotherapy interventions

Research Interests

  • Therapy process research
  • Professional ethics
  • Social influence processes

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