Professor of Psychology Counseling
Donald R. Nicholas, PhD, HSPP, ABPP is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling within the College of Health. He is currently the Director of the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) and a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Health Psychology.
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 clinical health psychology at the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University Medical School, Morgantown, WV.
While at Ball State he has served as the Director of the Counseling Practicum Clinic and was involved in the establishment of the Institute for Wellness. His primary area of interest, within clinical health psychology, has been psycho-oncology (psychosocial oncology).
He has a number of publications in psychosocial oncology including a single-author book from Oxford University Press (2016) titled Psychosocial care of the adult cancer patient: An evidence-based approach.
He has directed a training opportunity in psycho-oncology at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Muncie since 1994. He also 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, psychopharmacology, behavioral medicine and master’s practicum. He is married to Pam Nicholas and has three adult children and one grandson.