Don Nicholas

Donald Nicholas

Professor of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services, Director of Doctoral Training

TC 605  Phone: 765-285-8058  

Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Teachers College (TC), Room 605
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Donald R. Nicholas, PhD HSPP is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services and director of Doctoral Training in the Counseling Psychology Department. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17). He has been a faculty member at Ball State since 1983. 

He completed his PhD degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, after completing degrees at Eastern Kentucky University (M.S. in Clinical Psychology) and Indiana University (B.S. in Psychology). His predoctoral internship was in health psychology at the West Virginia University Medical School, Morgantown, WV.

While at Ball State he has served as the Director, Counseling Practicum Clinic and was involved in the establishment of the Institute for Wellness. His primary area of interest, within health psychology, has been psychosocial oncology.

He has a number of publications in psychosocial oncology including a single-author book from Oxford University Press (2015) titled Psychosocial care of the adult cancer patient: An evidence-based approach.

He has directed a training opportunity in health psychology at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Muncie since 1994. He served on the PDQ Editorial Board of the National Cancer Institute from 2000 to 2013 and, within APA, has been a founding and long time member of the Health Psychology Section within the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is currently on the Board of the APA training council for clinical health psychology (CCHPTP) and the Specialty Council for Clinical Health Psychology.

He teaches the integrated doctoral practicum, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, behavioral medicine and master’s practicum. He is married to Pam Nicholas and has three adult children and one grandson.

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