John A. Mills

  • Mills w horn 2013Office: Uhler Hall, Room 221 

    Office Phone: 724-357-4520


    Fall 2016 Office Hours

    • Monday 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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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, shame and human attachment patterns, "Deliberate Practice" in art and sport,  frontal lobe function and problems of habit, mindfulness, music, health/sport   

    Current Research and Professional Projects

    I am working on a long paper about the Hoffman report. A rough draft of a short paper that came from that original work will appear in the March Pennsylvania Psychologist. I expect to complete and submit the longer version to an APA journal by the end of the spring semester. 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, creative expression and emotional disclosure, and the nature of music practice. In the spring, I expect to be collecting about expectations of and reactions to informed consent procedures. 

    I serve in a number of service roles: In addition to considerable service to my department and local APSCUF, 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 PASSHE’s Academic Program Review Committee, 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
    • Diplomat 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)

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