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University Counseling Center (UCC)

Robert Pierce, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert A. Pierce graduated summa cum laude from Springfield College in 1959. He studied Theology at the University of Chicago from 1959 to 1961 before coming to the University of Rochester for his doctoral studies. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in June of 1965 and took a position at the Student Health Service in July. Bob was the first psychologist on the staff of what, several names later, has become the University Counseling Center. In 1973 Bob moved to part time status and has continued his association with the UCC since then.

Bob has a private practice working with individuals and couples. He has also run a group for women since 2002. He tries to use humor, curiosity and appreciation in helping his clients deal with their difficulties and concerns.

Bob has written about emotional expression in psychotherapy, working with dreams, treating couples and the use of humor in therapy. His non clinical writing has been short stories, memoir pieces and an almost-finished novel. Recently someone told him that a picture is worth a thousand words. Since then he has been making photographs. He's had some in shows, and has covered the walls of his waiting room with them.

Publications: (Selected)

Pierce, R.A. Need similarity and complementarity as determinants of friendship choice. Journal of Psychology,76,231-238. 1970

Pierce, R.A. and Wolfe,T. Modification of group psychotherapy for use on the college campus. Journal of the American College Health Association. 18, 234-237. 1970

Pierce, R.A. and Schwartz, A.J. Personality styles of student activists. Journal of Psychology, 79,221-231. 1971

Schwartz, A.J., Pierce, R.A., and Bernard, H.H. Comparative effectiveness of three group-oriented interventions with college undergraduates. Journal of the American College Health Association. 23,114-123. 1974

Pierce,R.A. Dreams, Supervision and Feelings. Psychotherapy in Private Practice 4, 109-117.1986.

Pierce, R.A. Use and abuse of laughter in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy in Private Practice. 3,67-73. 1985


Pierce, R.A. and Nichols,M.P. Catharsis in psychotherapy. In Innovations in Clinical Practice:A Source Book Vol 4 Professional Resource Exchange. Sarasota. 1985

Pierce,R.A. Helping couples make authentic emotional contact. In The Heart of the Matter Johnson, S.M. and Greenberg,L.S.(Eds) Brunner/Mazel, N.Y. 1994


Pirece,R.A., Nichols, M.P. and DuBrin, J.R. Emotional Expression in Psychtherapy Gardner Press, N.Y. 1983