LHU Main and Clearfield Campuses -- 2 Hour Delay for 1/26/15

LHU Main and Clearfield Campus will be under a two-hour delay for Monday, January 26.  Please use the compressed schedule
For Main Campus
For Clearfield Campus: http://www.lhup.edu/Clearfield/Spring%202015%20Compressed%20%20Schedules.pdf

Faculty Profile

Dr. Deborah Erickson

derickso@lhup.edu | 309 Courthouse Annes, Lock Haven, PA 17745 | (570) 484-2177

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Doctor of Philosophy, Science (Psychology), University of Sydney, AU.

Doctor of Education, Counselor Education, University of Arkansas

Master of Arts, School Psychology, Alfred University

Bachelor of Arts (with honors), Psychology and Music, Houghton College, Houghton, NY. 

Courses Most Commonly Taught: Courses in the Online Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC): CMHC as a Profession; Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy; Lifespan Development: Implications for Counselors; Assessment and Testing in CMHC; Skills and Techniques in CMHC; and Psychopathology, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment. 

Courses Developed: CMHC as a Profession; Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy; Lifespan Development: Implications for Counselors; Assessment and Testing in CMHC; Skills and Techniques in CMHC; and Psychopathology, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment.  At other universities: Abnormal Psychology; Child, Adolescent and Lifespan Development courses; Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment; and Child and Adolescent Counseling Strategies.

Programs Developed: Primary Author of Master and Doctoral Mental Health Counseling programs in 3 countries (USA, Canada & Australia) in  4 different universities. Co-authored development of Pharmacy program. Assisted in developing Special Education, School Counseling, School Psychology and School Administration/Leadership programs.

Professional Publications:

Erickson, D.B., Clarke, S., & Kohn, M. (2010). Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder health related quality of life scale for children and adolescents. International Journal of Special Education, 25,1-8.

Erickson, D.B., Stapleton, F., Erickson, P., et,al. (2006). The development and validation of the health proneness questionnaire. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13, 415-423. 

Erickson, D.B., Stapleton, F., Erickson, P., et.al. (2004). Development and validation of a multidimensional quality of life scale for myopia. Optometry and Vision Science, 81, 70-81.

Erickson D.B., Stapleton, F., Erickson, P, Giannakopoulos, E, & Holden B. (2002). Quality of life dimensions in myopia. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 43 (suppl),

Erickson, D.B. & Erickson, P. (2000) Psychological factors and gender differences in the acceptance of monovision. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91:1113-1119.

Kohn, M.R & Erickson, D.B. (2013). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In K. Steinbeck & M.R. Kohn (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine (pp. 407-417). Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co.

Lazon de La Jara, P., Erickson, D.B., Erickson, P., & Stapleton, F. (2011). Visual and non-visual factors associated with patient satisfaction and quality of life in LASIK. Eye 25, 1194–1201.

Lazon de La Jara, P., Erickson, P. Erickson, D.B. & Stapleton, F. ( 2010) Pre-operative quality of life and psychological factors that influence patient decision making in LASIK.Eye  24, 270–275.

Nixon, D.V.R., Sweeney, L., Erickson, D.B. & Touyz S.W. (2004). Parent-child Interaction Therapy: One-and two-year follow-up of standard and abbreviated treatments for oppositional preschoolers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32,263-271.

Nixon, D.V.R., Sweeny, L., Erickson, D.B. & Touyz. S.W. (2003). Relationship of parental attitudes in parenting children with ODD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71,251-260.

Brack, M & Erickson, D. (2002). Mother’s perception of compliance behavior in children with ODD/CD. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology,18, 61-76.

Professional Presentations:

Factors Affecting Quality of Life after Lasik on a Myopic Latin Population (co-authored). Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May, 2004.

Quality of Life before and after LASIK (co-authored). International Association for Refractive Surgery, Spring, 2004

Quality of Life in Myopia: A newly devised scale (co-authored). Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 2002.

Long-term Vestibular Balance Dysfunction: Psychological Explanations for Physiological Adjustment (co-authored)  24th European Conference on Psychosomatic Research, Lisboa, June 2002.

The Effect of Stimulant Medication on Cognitive Processing Changes, (co-authored).  Australasian Human Development Association Annualconference, July 2001.

Personality Factors Associated with Contact Lens Symptomatology. XXIXth International Congress of Ophthalmology. Sydney, Australia. October, 2001.

Emotional Intelligence: A “cross-cultural” study ( co-authored). 3rd International Spearman Conference, November, 2001.

Psychological Factors Involved in Visual Functioning and General Health. (co-authored) Australasian Ophthalmic and Visual Science Meeting. November, 2000.

Clinical Variables and Personality Factors Mediate contact Lens Tolerance.(co-authored) Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, June, 2000.

Does Extraversion affect Symptom Reporting in a Dry Eye Questionnaire? (co-authored) Australasian Experimental Psychology Society. April, 2000.

Psychological Factors Contributing to Monovision Lens Adaptation. International Society for Contact Lens Research, August, 1999.

Individual Differences Affecting Patient Selection of Visual Corrections for Presbyopia. International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. July 1999.

 Areas of Expertise:

Examination of Individual Differences Through Scale Development and Assessment; Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit, Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders; All general areas in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.