Extended Bio of John Achter

John Achter, Ph.D., LP - Director

John is a licensed psychologist (WI and MN) who has worked in college/ university mental health since 1997. Prior to coming to UW-Stout in July 2002, he was a staff psychologist for five years in the Counseling Center at Concordia College-Moorhead. He is a native of Sauk Centre, MN, received his B.A. in Psychology from Concordia College-Moorhead, and earned both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. He completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in western South Dakota. Three additional experiences that significantly shaped his professional development and worldview were 1) an undergraduate semester in the Urban Studies Program in Chicago, 2) working for a year as a caseworker in a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Wilmington, DE, through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and 3) conducting graduate research with the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth.

As a counselor/therapist, John considers himself a generalist, with special interests in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, recovery from trauma, positive mental health & resilience, spirituality & mental health, multicultural issues, career & life planning, and psychological testing & assessment. He has taught undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology and graduate courses in Psychological Assessment and Multicultural Issues in Counseling. He has also published research articles and book chapters in two different areas: 1) the educational and career development of intellectually talented persons and 2) the impact of distress disclosure tendencies (i.e., either to disclose or conceal personal distress) on help seeking and the counseling process. In recent years he has engaged in research investigating the relationships between student mental health problems, attending counseling, and retention in college. Since 2011, John has chaired a UW-System committee that collects and summarizes standardized client data from counseling centers across the system that is used for benchmarking, program evaluation, quality improvement, and research purposes.

John is married and has two children. His leisure interests include spending time with family, bike riding, running, swimming, playing basketball, camping, kayaking, and involvement in church activities.

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