Faculty Profile

Dr. Andrew M. Bland

Dr. Andrew M. Bland

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University

Office: Susan P. Luek Hall 223A
Phone: 717-871-4749

Office Hours

T: 2:30-4:00pm
W: 12:00-1:30pm
R: 2:30-3:30pm
F: 12:00-1:00pm
Comments: Other hours by appointment

Additional Information

My Curriculum Vitae

After growing up in Atlanta, GA, I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Georgia in 2000, a master's degree from the University of West Georgia's humanistic-existential-transpersonal psychology program in 2003, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana State University in 2013. 

I joined the Millersville faculty in 2014.  I teach courses in, at the undergraduate level: general psychology for first-year psychology majors (PSYC 100); systemic/holistic perspectives in psychology (PSYC 403); creativity (PSYC 462); and counseling strategies (PSYC 447).  I also co-facilitate Directed Projects in Psychology (PSYC 495), a capstone field placement program.  At the graduate level: human development for helping professionals (PSYC 530) as well as skills courses in psychotherapy (PSYC 631) and in clinical interviewing and contemporary collaborative/integrative approaches to assessment of intellectual abilities (PSYC 671) and personality (PSYC 673). 

I am a licensed psychologist.  Since 2004, I have provided therapeutic services in community mental health, residential, partial hospitalization, corrections, school-based, and college student counseling programs in four states.  Currently, I practice at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster.

My scholarly pursuits (see my vita above and recent presentations/publications below) involve the practical application of themes from contemporary existential-humanistic psychology in the domains of love, work, social justice, the processes of therapy and education, creativity, spirituality, and human development.  I also provide trainings/workshops at Millersville and in the community (to both lay and professional audiences) on topics including mindfulness-based practices, understanding trauma, working with impoverished clients, and person-centered treatment planning in the managed care era. 

I currently serve on the executive committee of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (Division 5, Section 3 of the American Psychological Association), as co-Editor of the newsletter for the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association), and as a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, the Journal of Counseling Theory, and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology.  At Millersville, I serve on the Undergraduate Course and Program Review Committee, as a mentor in the Safe Zone (sexual/gender diversity) and exploratory advising programs, and as faculty sponsor of the Creative and Expressive Arts Club. 

Prior to coming to Millersville, I taught undergraduate psychology courses and graduate counseling courses at the University of West Georgia, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College (Terre Haute, IN), and Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH).  I also provided clinical trainings at a public behavioral health agency in Cincinnati. 

My passions include listening to and creating music, gardening, traveling, and spending time with my wife and our two young children.

Recent Presentations

Bland, A. M. (2017, October). Assessment meets automation: A humanistic psychologist’s response to computerized intellectual testing. Presentation at the University of West Georgia Psychology 50th Anniversary Reunion and Conference, Carrollton, GA.

Bland, A. (2017, May). A validation of the effectiveness of the existential obituary writing technique. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (APA Division 5, Section 3), New York, NY.

Bland, A. (2017, March). Who is your hero? An experiential technique to promote self-transformation and interdependence. APA-approved CE presentation at the 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Pittsburgh, PA.

Recent Publications

Bland, A. M. (2017). Facilitating and assessing personal growth in helper development using Hart’s (2014) Four Virtues. The Humanistic Psychologist. Advance online publication.

Bland, A. M., & DeRobertis, E. M. (2017). Maslow’s unacknowledged contributions to developmental psychology. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Advance online publication. Invited contribution to a special issue.

Bland, A. M., & DeRobertis, E. M. (2017). The humanistic perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Invited contribution.

Bland, A. (2017, March). The crisis of conversation: From endangerment of communication to compassion, curiosity, and compromise. Samaritan Counseling Center 2016 Annual Report to the Community. 20.

Bland, A. (2016, December). Beyond SMART goals: A humanistic approach to treatment planning that satisfies managed care requirements. Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter.

Bland, A. M. (2015). Review of the book The divide: American injustice in the age of the wealth gap, by M. Taibbi. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 7, 137-142.

Bland, A. M. (2014). Corrective experiences in corrections counseling. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 6, 46-74.

Bland, A. M., & Roberts-Pittman, B. J. (2014). Existential and chaos theory: “Calling” for adaptability in career decision-making. Journal of Career Development, 41, 382-401.

Bland, A. M. (2013). A vision of holistic counseling: Applying humanistic-existential principles in the therapeutic relationship. Journal of Holistic Psychology, 2, 277-282 & 334-337.

Bland, A. (2013, April-May). Toward a definition of psychological health: Appreciating Maslow’s conceptual vision. AHP (Association for Humanistic Psychology) Perspective, 6-11.

Bland, A. (2012, October-November). What would a humanistic DSM-5 look like? AHP Perspective, 11-13.

Bland, A. (2011). Unemployment and marital quality in single- and two-earner marriages (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.

Bland, A. M. (2010). The enneagram: A review of the empirical and transformational literature. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 49, 16-31.