David A. F. Haaga, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
I specialize in cognitive behavior therapy for cigarette smoking and in trichotillomania.
I have been working closely with students in our clinical psychology PhD program since I came to AU in 1989. The psychologists who completed their dissertations under my supervision are a great source of pride to me, and serving as their mentor has been the most satisfying aspect of my career.
Students’ needs do not end at graduation. Often, questions about a first job turn into questions about tenure, research grants, license eligibility, or other professional opportunities. Each student has unique talents, so it is important to be flexible about their desired career paths.
I try to connect students and alums with opportunities to expand their skills and become immersed in the field. Whether collaborating on a book chapter, enlisting their help as junior clinical co-supervisors, or passing along an opportunity to edit a special journal issue, I try to stay a step ahead of where they are in their professional development.
Graduate students are at an exciting point in their careers, as they figure out their places in the world and determine the strengths they will use to make a contribution. Witnessing, and sometimes influencing, that process is a great privilege.
One thing I love about mentorship in clinical psychology is…
…there is such a wide range of career paths open to each student: research, teaching, clinical practice, program development, clinical supervision, and often a combination of several. The existence of many ways to be successful and to have an impact in our field is an important strength.