Dr. Robert (Bob) McPherson has been appointed the sixth Dean of the College of Education at the University of Houston.
Dr. McPherson received his B.S. in Education with an emphasis in guidance studies from Texas Tech University. His first professional positions were as a classroom teacher and then guidance counselor at a Title 1 high school in Odessa, Texas. At that time, he also completed his MA degree in counseling at the University of Texas – Permian Basin. In 1987, he was among the first graduates of the University of Houston’s Ph.D. program in counseling psychology. As a graduate student, he was instrumental in the program’s curriculum design, change of degree title, and accreditation by the American Psychological Association. He also held appointment as Assistant to the UH Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Following completion of his internship at the Student Counseling Center at Texas A&M, he assumed responsibilities as Director of the UH Learning Support Services and as a staff psychologist with the UH Counseling & Testing Services (now CAPS).
Just prior to graduation, Dr. McPherson received a faculty appointment with the UH Department of Educational Psychology, and he was eventually named Director of Training for the counseling psychology program while an Assistant Professor. His teaching and research interests have addressed the theory and practice of clinical supervision, mental health public policy, and legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to psychology practice. Upon promotion to Associate Professor, he served as Chairperson for the Department of Educational Psychology for eight years. And for the past eight years, he has overseen the academic affairs, business operations, and support services of the College of Education in his role as Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Education.
He is also co-founder of an award winning software-as-service company that provides consultation services and web-based behavioral management and progress monitoring systems for schools throughout the United States.
Dr. McPherson is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Education Research Association. He is a former member of the APA Council of Representatives, past president of the Texas and Houston Psychological Associations, and former chair of the national Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He has been inducted into the National Academies of Practice and is recipient of the American Psychological Association's Karl Heiser Award in recognition for his state and national advocacy contributions on behalf of psychologists and their patients. The Texas Psychological Association has named its legislative advocacy award in his honor.
He is married to Ann Hodges, a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Memorial area. They are Lifetime UH alumni members. Oldest daughter, Sara, is a first year UH law student; son, John, owns and operates a gymnasium in the Bellaire area; and youngest daughter, Rachel, is a freshman at Houston ISD’s High School for Visual and Performing Arts (HSPVA).