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Southern Oregon University


Professor of Psychology

Phone: 6949
Office: EP 204

BA, 1974, MEd, 1976, Florida Atlantic University PhD, 1984, University of Georgia.

J. Fraser Pierson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Professor of Psychology at Southern Oregon University (SOU) where she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses and graduate courses within the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program. Dr. Pierson's current scholarly interests include psychotherapist preparation and training; women's self-and-world view transformations associated with participation in adventurous sports; and the personal meanings derived from experiences in the natural world. She co-edited The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research, and Practice (Schneider, Bugental, & Pierson, 2001).

Dr. Pierson completed her doctoral work at the University of Georgia and an APA approved internship at the Student Counseling Services, Iowa State University. Prior to coming to SOU she served as a counselor at the University of West Florida and Clarion University of Pennsylvania counseling centers. The humanistic and existential perspectives have long inspired and informed her work as a psychotherapist, educator, and supervisor.

A naturalist and mariner by avocation, Dr. Pierson enjoys sailing, exploring the Pacific Northwest forests and beaches, adventure travel, and other kinds of "deep play" with her husband, Jeff, and three canine family members.

Dr. Pierson's course repertoire at SOU includes the following courses: Humanistic Psychology, Human Sexuality, Introduction to Counseling, Counseling Theories & Techniques, Occupational Choice & the Psychology of Careers, Group Counseling, Supervision, Personal & Social Adjustment, General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Adult Development. She serves as the MHC Clinical Director for the 2007-2008 academic year.