Faculty Profile

Dr. Andrew M. Bland

Dr. Andrew M. Bland

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


Andrew.Bland@millersville.edu
Office: Susan P. Luek Hall 223A
Phone: 717-871-4749

Office Hours

T: 2:00-4:00pm
W: 12:15-2:15pm
R: 4:00-5:00pm
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 counseling and assessment skills, human development, and systemic/holistic approaches in psychology. 

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.

My scholarly interests include 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 currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (within Division 5 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 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 Publications

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.

Selected Presentations

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.

Bland, A. (2016, October). A humanistic approach to treatment planning in the era of managed care. Invited presentation at the Pennsylvania State System Psychology Conference, Slippery Rock, PA.

Bland, A. (2016, June). Collaborative resilience-based counseling for impoverished clients: The effectiveness of Foss et al.’s CARE model. Presentation at the Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change CE conference (Millersville University Learning Institute), Lancaster, PA.

Bland, A. (2016, May). Hart’s “four virtues”: A tool for cultivating balance and self-awareness in beginning counselor development. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (within APA Division 5), Ramapo, NJ.

Bland, A. (2016, April). The value of mindfulness for overcoming self-stigma. Workshop facilitated at theComing Out of the Shadows: Breaking the Silence to Shed Light on Mental Health conference (Millersville University Office of Diversity and Social Justice), Millersville, PA.

Bland, A. (2015, October). An exploration of the Buddhist foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Invited presentation at the Psychology and Spirituality symposium within the Pennsylvania State System Psychology Conference, Slippery Rock, PA.

Bland, A. (2015, May). How can qualitative research facilitate understanding and promote transformation of the synthetic drug epidemic? Presentation and roundtable discussion at the Qualitative Psychology: Critical and Post-Structural Possibilities conference within the 11th International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Bland, A., & Fleming, J. (2015, February). The role of classroom response (clicker) systems in multimodal education. Presentation at the Lancaster Learns conference, Lancaster, PA.

Bland, A. (2014, April). From ‘what to do’ to ‘how to be’ in clinical practice: The interdependence of therapeutic relationships, process, and sustainable outcomes. Invited workshop for doctoral psychology interns at Talbert House, Cincinnati, OH.

Bland, A., & Cihlar, B. (2013, October-November). Transition to the DSM-5. CE training series for clinical staff at Talbert House, Cincinnati, OH.

Bland, A. (2013, July). Engaging and promoting meaningful change for impoverished clients. CE workshop for clinical staff at Talbert House, Cincinnati, OH.

Bland, A. (2013, May). How can qualitative research improve criteria for measuring mental health treatment outcomes? Presentation and roundtable discussion at A Day in Qualitative Psychology conference within the 9th International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Bland, A. (2013, February). Cultivating presence and second-order change in the therapeutic relationship: Toward an evidence-based approach. Presentation at the M3: Making a Life, Making a Living, Making a Difference conference (Indiana Counseling Association), Terre Haute, IN.

Leggett, D., & Bland, A. (2011, April). From conflict reduction to transformative process: A review of marriage theory, research, assessment, and therapy for the 21st century. Poster presented at the 24th Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Bland, A. (2010, November). Out of the fishbowl and into the water: Reflections on facilitating a group experience to develop leadership skills in school counseling students. Presentation at the 6th Critical Questions in Education conference (Academy for Educational Studies), Chicago, IL.

Bland. A. (2010, April). Toward reflective approaches in career decision-making. Poster presented at the 23rd Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Akron, OH.

Bland, A. (2010, April). Expressive therapy techniques for grieving children of military families. Presentation at the Supporting Families in Times of Challenge conference (Indiana Counseling Association), Indianapolis, IN.

Bland, A., & Hodorek, S. (2009, October). Beyond the telephone game: The value of primary texts in the professional training of counselors and psychologists. Presentation at the 5th Critical Questions in Education conference (Academy for Educational Studies), St. Louis, MO.