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John J. (Jack) Rooney, Ph.D.
Director of the M.A. Program in Clinical-Counseling Psychology
Professor Emeritus
Office: Wister Hall 208
Phone: 215-951-1982
Personal web page:

B.A., La Salle University; M.A., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Temple University. Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania.

Courses taught at La Salle University:

  • Psych 680 Field Placement

Dr. Rooney served as Department Chair, Director of the Counseling Center and President of the Faculty Senate at LaSalle University, and he instituted one of the earliest, pre-college counseling programs designed to assist students in their transition from high school to college.   Dr. Rooney developed an Inventory of Habits of Study and Attitudes Toward College, which has demonstrated value in predicting student retention and achievement. 

Dr. Rooney is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and several other professional societies.  He has served as an officer in some of these, 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 served as a consultant to a number of religious communities and dioceses, conducting assessment of candidates for the priesthood and religious life.

He has published research, conducted workshops, and presented scholarly papers.  He has also published in popular and literary outlets, and often speaks to PTA and civic groups.
He has been a guest on radio and local cable TV (Channel 56 Philadelphia), is a frequent book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is interviewed regularly for news articles that are circulated nationally.

Research Interests:
I have a number of research interests including therapeutic communication and therapeutic relationships. I have completed some research on the personality of priests and other religious personnel and have collected empirical data needed for additional research. I am interested in the process involved in training competent counselors and therapists and would like to encourage faculty and students to participate in empirical research on this process.  

Clinical Interests:
My background in career counseling has led me to a future-oriented approach that focuses on client’s strengths and potential.  I am interested in the nature of a therapeutic relationship and therapeutic communication.  I want to learn how to understand and accept clients’ style of communication, relating and adapting to people, to situations, and I aim to work in a “collaborative” approach to help them improve these characteristics.I believe in utilizing a client’s interval resources and external sources of support, including medical, spiritual and family resources. 

Hobbies and Interests:
I have a “10 cent gym” at home where I do light workouts while listening to my favorite big band music.  I root for La Salle teams, and the Phillies and Eagles (and reminisce over the Philadelphia A’s).  I enjoy watching movies, particularly those from the 30’s and 40’s, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and dining out (favorite spots are Cin Cin in Chestnut Hill, Sorella Rose in Flourtown and the Glenside Pub).  I hope to find time to get back to swimming, dancing, hiking, partying and doing more recreational writing.