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University Counseling Center

Allen Roach, Ph.D.

University of Kentucky

Dr. Allen Roach completed undergraduate training in psychology at Vanderbilt University in 1969. He obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1976 from the University of Kentucky. He did an APA approved internship at Larue C. Carter Hospital, followed by a two year term as unit psychologist for substance abuse treatment at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (formerly Federal Narcotics Hospital) in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1977, Dr. Roach moved to Rochester, New York to complete a two year post doctoral fellowship in college mental health at the University of Rochester Health Service (Mental Health Section).

Since 1979, Dr. Roach has served as part-time faculty at UCC while maintaining a full-time private practice. He also has immensely enjoyed raising (with wife Debra) two children and innumerable animals. His primary areas of clinical interest include the broad spectrum of interpersonal approaches to psychodynamic psychotherapy; the ongoing interplay between the developmental hurdles of the seasoned therapist in relation to countertransference and the therapeutic process; psychotherapy supervision; and developmental impasses in the creation of work and love. Publications have been few and scattered over 20 years; however a more recent example of writing and thinking style is included below.

Dr. Roach’s special interests include grief work, self-psychology, couple psychotherapy, object relations and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Publications: (Selected)

Roach, A.M. (1993) Men’s Struggles With Themselves: Stories and Theories. Contemporary Psychology, 38 1059-1060.