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University Counseling Center

Robert Pierce, Ph.D.

University of Rochester

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 and recently began a group for older men. 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 His non clinical writing has been short stories, memoir pieces and a tragically unpublished novel. Recently Bob has pursued his interest in photography, exhibiting at shows and also making greeting cards. He has also covered the walls of his waiting room with his photographs.

Bob’s Special Interests include couples and families, life stages, and resiliency.

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