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Mitchell Handelsman, Ph.D.

Professor and CU President's Teaching Scholar

Email: Mitchell Handelsman

Office Location: North Classroom 5002-J
Phone: (303) 556-2672
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: T 10:00-12:00 pm; W 1:00-4:00 pm; Th 9:00-11:30 am
Areas of Expertise: Ethics, Teaching

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas, 1981

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas, 1979

B.A., Psychology, Haverford College, 1976


Mitch Handelsman has been on the UCD faculty since 1982. He serves as the advisor for all B.A. Psychology majors as well as teaching courses including Introductory Psychology II, Clinical Psychology: Ethics & Issues; Psychotherapy, and a First-Year Seminar: What Psychologists Do.

Mitch’s major research area is professional ethics; he has published widely in ethics and is the co-author (with Sharon K. Anderson) of a text on ethics in psychotherapy (Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach) from Wiley-Blackwell. He has served on numerous professional and community ethics committees, and is a past chair of the Colorado Psychological Association Ethics Committee and the Rose Medical Center Ethics Committee.

Mitch served for a year (1989-1990) in Washington DC as an APA Congressional Science Fellow. In 2003-2004 he was president of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. He is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Select Publications

Anderson, S. K., & Handelsman, M. M. (2010). Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Handelsman, M. M., Knapp, S., & Gottlieb, M. C. (2009). "Positive Ethics: Themes and Variations." In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 105-113). New York: Oxford University Press.

Handelsman, M. M. (2006). "Teaching Ethics in Introductory Psychology." In D. S. Dunn & S. L. Chew (Eds.). Best Practices in Teaching Introductory Psychology (pp. 159-175). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Gottlieb, M. C., Handelsman, M. M., & Knapp, S. (2008). "Some Principles for Ethics Education: Implementing the Acculturation Model." Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2, 123-128.

Bashe, A., Anderson, S. K., Handelsman, M. M., & Klevansky, R. (2007). "An Acculturation Model for Ethics Training: The Ethics Autobiography and Beyond." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 60-67.

DiClementi, J. D., & Handelsman, M. M. (2005). "Empowering Students: Class-Generated Course Rules." Teaching of Psychology, 32, 18-21.

Handelsman, M. M., Briggs, W. L., Sullivan, N., & Towler, A. (2005). "A Measure of College Student Course Engagement." Journal of Educational Research, 98, 184-191.

Handelsman, M. M., Gottlieb, M. C., & Knapp, S. (2005). "Training Ethical Psychologists: An Acculturation Model." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36, 59-65.

Nuhfer, E., Krest, M., & Handelsman, M. M. (2003). "Developing in Fractal Patterns III: A Rubric for Teaching Philosophies." National Teaching and Learning Forum, 12(5), 10-11.

McCauley, C. R., & Handelsman, M. (1976, May). "Sales Tricks of a Con Artist." Psychology Today, pp. 78-87, 94- 96.

Courses Taught

Psyc 1005: Introduction to Psychology II
Psyc 1111: First-Year Seminar: What Psychologists Do
Psyc 4730: Clinical Psychology: Ethics & Isuses
Psyc 4800: Psychotherapy
Psyc 8200: Teaching Skills Workshop