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John J. (Jack) Rooney
Professor Emeritus & Director, Professional Clinical Counseling Program

Contact Information
Office: Wister 208
Phone: 215-951-1282
Fax: 215-951-3585

A member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and several other professional societies, Dr. Rooney has served as an officer in some of them, including President of the Philadelphia Personnel and Guidance Association and President of the Academic Division of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.  For several years he had been a consultant to a number of religious communities and dioceses, conducting assessment of candidates for the priesthood and religious life.

Dr. Rooney’s background in career counseling has led him to a future-oriented approach that focuses on client’s strengths and potential.  He is interested in the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic communication.  He focuses on understanding and accepting clients’ styles of communicating, and adapting to people and situations, and he aims to work in a “collaborative” approach with them.  He believes in utilizing a client’s internal resources and external sources of support, including medical, spiritual and family resources.

In the 65 years that he has been at La Salle, Dr. Rooney has served as Chair of the Psychology Department, Director of the Master’s Program in Professional Counseling, Chair of the Counseling Center and President of the Faculty Senate. He has published research on the personality of priests and other religious personnel and has collected empirical data needed for additional research. He is interested in the process involved in training competent counselors and therapists and encourages faculty and students to participate in empirical research on this process.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational and Career Counseling
  • Counselor Training
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Therapeutic Communication


  • B.A. Chemistry, La Salle University
  • M.A. Counseling, Temple University
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Temple University


  • Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania


  • PCC/PCMF  680 Internship



The Future of Psychological Practice. Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists Newsletter, Sept. 2013.

Commentary: the Future of Psychology.  LaSalle University Magazine, Spring 2013

The Dust of the Fields Behind Us:  Bleachers in the Bedroom,
Elysian Fields Quarterly, Summer 2000.
Trends in the Psychological Study of Nuns:  A Half Century of Research.  Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion. Vol. 3115-134.

Psychological Research on the American Priesthood: A Review of the Literature. In E. Kennedy & Heckler (Eds.) the American Priest: the Psychological Point of View. 1971.


Bleachers in the Bedroom: The Swampoodle Irish and Connie Mack, 2012. Educational Publisher, Columbus, OH.

Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families. with Reardon, John F. 2009, Ferguson, NY.

Needed Research on the Psychological Assessment of Religious Personnel. In W. Coville, P. D'Arcy, T. McCarthy. and J. Rooney (Eds.). Assessment of Candidates for the Religious Life: Basic Psychological Issues and Perspectives. Washington, D.C. CARA, 1968


Philadelphia’s Rooftop Bleachers. Society for American Baseball Research Annual Convention, Philadelphia PA.  Aug. 2013.

Strategies/Methods for Assessing Clinical Skills Before, During and After Internship Eastern Regional Conference Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors,  West Chester, PA. April, 2012
Ethics and How to Enhance Professional Growth. (with Donna Tonrey).  Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists.  Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Mar. 2012.
Sex Abuse in the Church: A Psychological Perspective, St. Joseph’s University. Pa.  A Day of Hope and Healing: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis. 2004.

Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals with Masters Degrees.  Eastern
Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA   Spring, 1998

Book Reviews,
Philadelphia Inquirer
1. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women .Eds. Jay  Allison and Dan Gediman. 
2. The Happiness Hypothesis, Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. Jonathan Haidt
3. Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment. Gregory Berns
4. The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need. Paul Pearsall.
5 .The Sociopath Next Door. Marina Stout
6. On Intelligence: Can Science Build a Better Brain? Jeff Hawkins.
7. Who's In Charge?:  Free Will and the Science of the Brain. Michael Gazzaniga,
8.  Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants and Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues and Beyond. Bob Motley.

Commentary Pieces Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • Pills for All Our Problems (on revising the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of APA        
  • The Old Neighborhood..
  • As Philadelphia’s Eyes Are Smiling (On St. Patrick’s Day).
  • Dick Allen: a story of what could have been.
  • Sex Abuse Scandal and the Church.
  • William James, America’s First Psychologist.
  • The SAT and College Success.
  • .Is Prejudice Natural?
  •  Eugene O’Neill; a Playwright’s Muses and Demons
  •  Memorial Day: A Few Veterans Remember.

Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.
Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1350
Fax 215.951.5140

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