The freedom of thought and conscience requires that we respect those with whom we disagree, as well as consider the possibility that, as individuals, we are not the repositories of all knowledge. This perspective is fundamental to understanding human behavior and forms the basis of healthy scientific inquiry. Although often considered a "soft science," psychology is not immune from the role that humility plays in scientific endeavors.
While research is the life blood of science, application is its breath. If scientific principles cannot be used in the real world; this is particularly true in the mental health fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, and counseling. In addition to serving as the Online Psychology Program Coordinator at King University, Dr. Mears has served as manager of an onsite day treatment program for the Central Virginia Community Services Board, substance abuse counselor for Pathways Residential Treatment Center, mobile therapist for Northwestern Human Services, therapist at Thriveworks and Advanced Psychotherapeutics. With 13 years of experience in both the academic and clinical aspects of mental health, Dr. Mears has worked with addictive, mood, and anxiety disorders in a variety of contexts, including individual, group, and marital therapy. The author of two book chapters, Dr. Mears also partners with his local church in a lay counseling ministry.
Research interests include the application of neuroscience to the treatment of mental health disorders; in particular the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of ADD, PTSD, and TBI.