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John A. Mills

Mills w horn 2013Office: Uhler Hall, Room 221 

Office Phone: 724-357-4520


Fall 2015 Office Hours

  • Monday 9:00 - 11:00, 1:00 - 2:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
  • Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00

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How I Became Interested in Psychology

I think I was already trying to be a psychologist and musician by the time I was three years old. I don't know how much “deciding” there really was. Mentors are precious.  

Areas of Interest

Dynamic psychotherapy, clinical supervision and professional issues, human attachment patterns, "Deliberate Practice," frontal lobe function and problems of habit, mindfulness, music, health/sport   

Current Research and Professional Projects

I am always working on a clinical paper. Currently, papers in preparation include termination of supervision and the decision to refer a trainee for outside intervention. With colleagues and students, data is currently being collected pertaining to executive functioning and addiction, the nature of music practice, patterns of response to informed consent procedures, and emotional patterns between parents and adolescents. In the Fall, I expect to be collecting data about the professional interests of psychology majors.

I serve in a number of service roles: I am a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, a work sample reviewer for the American Board of Professional Psychology, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, a member of the Academic Program Review Committee of PASSHE, and a consultant to Indiana County Children and Youth Services. 


  • BA, 1978, University of Delaware: Psychology (with distinction)
  • MEd, 1980, University of Delaware: Counseling/Student Personnel Administration
  • Doctoral study, 1983–1984 Purdue University
  • PhD, 1987, State University of New York at Buffalo: Counseling Psychology
  • MS, 2003, Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Sport Science

License and Other Credentials

  • Licensed in Pennsylvania (formerly in Delaware) for the Independent Practice of Psychology
  • Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (1994)
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (1997)

 Courses Taught


General Psychology (PSYC101), Psychological Inquiry (PSYC280), Research Design and Analysis I (PSYC290), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC321), Psychology of Music (PSYC389), Historical Trends in Psychology (PSYC410), Introduction to Clinical Psychology (PSYC450), Honors Seminar (PSYC480)


Historical Trends in Psychology (PSYC810), Methods of Intervention I (PSYC830), Clinical Group Technique (PSYC833), Advanced Psychopathology (PSYC835), Professional Issues (PSYC920), Family Clinic (PSYC971), Supervision and Consultation (PSYC976), Projective Assessment (PSYC981), Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy (PSYC981)

John A. MillsWIUP 90.1 FM — Where the Music Matters!

  • Psychology Department
  • Uhler Hall, Room 101
    1020 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2426
  • Fax: 724-357-2214
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.