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Gregory S. Mears

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Assistant Professor of Psychology

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School of Behavioral and Health Sciences

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

-- Martin Niemoller.

Biography

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.



Education

Ph.D. - Liberty University

M.A. - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

B.A. - Cedarville College

Certificate in Respiratory Therapy - Thiel College


Recent Publications and Presentations

Book Chapters

Person-Centered Therapy: Chapter 8 in a textbook under contract to be

published by Cengage in the Summer of 2016.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: Chapter in a textbook under contract to be

published by Cengage in the Summer of 2016.

Articles

The Role of Gateway Drugs in Addiction                                                                

 Pathways Newsletter, Centra Health System

Presentations

Bullying - Meadville Area Middle School                                                                  

Bullying - Conneaut Valley High School                                                                    

Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy - Adult Psychiatric Center at Centra Health Systems       

Motivational Interviewing - Pathways Treatment Center           


Current research

Dissertation:

Examining the Relationship Between Emotional Schemas, Emotional Intelligence, and Relationship Satisfaction.

 


Courses recently taught

PSYC 1520 LECT General Psychology
PSYC 4050 LECT Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 4100 LECT Theories of Counseling
PSYC 4150 LECT Group Dynamics