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Alan M. Schwitzer Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA

Alan M. Schwitzer, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Professor of Counseling at Old

Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Schwitzer completed his graduate

degrees in Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and interned at

the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. Prior to full-time

faculty work, he was the Clinical Director of the Tulane University Counseling and Testing

Center and then Assistant Professor and Training Director of the James Madison University

Counseling and Student Development Center. Dr. Schwitzer is past editor of the Journal

of College Counseling and has chaired the Council of Journal of Editors of the American

Counseling Association (ACA). Currently he is a Consulting Editor of the Journal of American

College Health and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of College Student Development, and

he is on the Board of Contributors of About Campus Magazine, publications of the American

College Health Association and American College Personnel Association. Dr. Schwitzer has

published over seventy journal, magazine, and newspaper articles primarily examining college

and university student adjustment, development, learning, and counseling. He also specializes

in teaching diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning. His previous books

include Skills and Tools for Today’s Counselors and Psychotherapists: From Natural Helping to

Professional Counseling and Promoting Student Learning and Student Development at a Distance.

Among Dr. Schwitzer’s recent awards are the Ralph M. Berdie Memorial Award for Research

and Scholarship in the Field of College Student Affairs; the American College Counseling

Association’s Meritorious Service Award, and Outstanding Contribution to Professional

Knowledge Award; and the American College Personnel Association’s Lifetime Achievement

Award in College Counseling & Psychological Services, and Commission Research Award.

Woody serves on the Virginia psychologists’ state legislative committee and maintains a private

practice focusing on consultation, training, and continuing education. He lives on the Lafayette

River with his wife, dog, and cat.