Dr. Hughes grew up in Portland, Oregon, but left for college at Biola University in southern California. After college, he worked a couple years and then got an MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He then attended The Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D. in 2001. He completed an internship at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Hughes started at KSU in 2003. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, and supervises clinical psychology graduate students in the Psychology Clinic. He has been the Graduate Admissions Coordinator, the Director of the Applied Psychology Center in the Department of Psychological Sciences, the Scientific Director of the Center for Cardiopulmonary Research at Summa Health System, and the Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator for the Department. At the time this book is being written he is transitioning to a new role as Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

As a member of the faculty at a public research university, the views expressed herein are Dr. Hughes’ alone and not intended to represent the views of any public or private institution, or any funding agency. As a workbook is not a substitute for formal treatment, no part of this book is intended to diagnose or treat any condition, mental or physical. Dr. Hughes’ views in this book are not intended to discriminate against or defame any person, real or imagined, or any group whether categorized by race, ethnicity, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or any other categorizing scheme.


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