John A. Mills

  • John A. MillsOffice

    Uhler Hall, Room 221




    Spring 2020  Office Hours

    • Monday 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • Friday 8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. 
    • Other hours by appointment

    Dr. Mills is working full-time from home in concert with the community response to attempt to contain the coronavirus. The best way to reach him is through email. He will respond within a business day to an email. Suitable follow-up will be arranged from there  (email or Zoom).

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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.

    Areas of Interest

    Dynamic psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and professional issues, shame and human attachment patterns, and executive function and habits, mindfulness, and attention in music.

    Current Research and Professional Projects

    I am always working on a clinical paper. These are areas in which undergraduate students are not prepared to contribute and graduate students must have special interest and focus. I am also working on a paper about how a student can learn to read a scholarly paper.

    My other projects are largely associated with the areas of interest noted above. Undergraduate students interested in working with me must either 1) identify a project of mine in which they have interest and is at a suitable stage of development and contact me about working on the project, or 2) have a project concept that is closely linked to an on-going project. I am not currently available to direct projects that are not linked to my on-going efforts.

    I serve in a number of service roles. In addition to service to my department, I am a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, a work sample reviewer and examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Board member of the Merican Board of Counseling Psychology, a member of PASSHE’s Academic Program Review Committee, and a consultant to Indiana County Children and Youth Services.


    • PhD, 1987, State University of New York at Buffalo: Counseling Psychology
    • Doctoral study, 1983–1984 Purdue University
    • MS, 2003, Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Sport Science
    • MEd, 1980, University of Delaware: Counseling/Student Personnel Administration
    • BA, 1978, University of Delaware: Psychology (with distinction)
    • BA, 2020 (anticipated), Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Music (Euphonium)

    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) 
    • Personality (PSYC320)
    • 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)