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Fred Hanna, Ph.D.


Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D., is Director of the School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He also serves as a Faculty Associate in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Professor for 11 years. He gives seminars and workshops across America on the subject of what brings people to engage in positive change, and also serves as a consultant to community agencies and school systems around the country.

His research focuses on discovering the active ingredients of psychotherapeutic change. As a result of his research, Fred has developed and published a wide variety of innovative clinical techniques aimed at positive change applicable to such varied contexts as oppression, criminality, addictions, spirituality, and his specialty population, which is difficult adolescents.

Also a seasoned world traveler, Fred spent nearly two years studying many remote and varied cultures and their philosophies, mostly in Asia. He has served on the editorial board of six scholarly journals and has published a wide variety of scholarly and professional articles. He is the author of the book, Therapy with Difficult Clients: Using the Precursors Model to Awaken Change, published by the American Psychological Association. Fred is currently writing a book on counseling difficult adolescents.