William Hanson

William Hanson

Associate Professor

Education Psychology

Research and Interests

I’m a Counselling Psychologist, and I specialize in psychological assessment, testing, and therapeutic feedback; counselor training and supervision; and Practice-Based Evidence (i.e., the use of process-outcome measures in practice). I also specialize in mixed methods research, that is, the integration, or intentional “mixing,” of quantitative and qualitative data. At heart, I’m a process-outcome researcher and interested in “what works,” therapy-wise, and “why,” and what makes therapists effective. Currently, I’m co-editing a book called Feedback – A Therapist’s Guide to Getting Better.

I received my PhD from Arizona State University, MA from the University of Minnesota, and BSc from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where I played varsity golf and competed in 3 NCAA championships. As part of my doctoral training, I interned at the APA-accredited Duke/Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In the past, I worked with a broad range of people, including psychiatric in-patients, non-psychiatric medical patients, and general outpatients, in a variety of settings. Before moving to Canada, I held faculty positions at Purdue University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both in the U.S.

Recent Publications* 

Hanson, W. E., Leighton, J. P., Donaldson, S. I., Oakland, T., Terjesen, M., & Shealy, C. N. (in press). Assessment: The power and potential of psychological testing, educational measurement, and program evaluation around the world. In C. N. Shealy & M. Bullock (Eds.), Going global: How psychology and psychologists can meet a world in need. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Jacobson, R. M., Hanson, W. E., & Zhou, H. (2015). Canadian psychologists’ test feedback training and practice: A national survey. Canadian Psychology, 56, 394-404.

Archibald, M. M., Radil, A. I., Zhang, X., & Hanson, W. E. (2015). Current mixed methods practices in qualitative research: A content analysis of leading journals. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14, 5-33.

Coates, M., Hanson, W. E., Samuel, D. B., & Ashe, M., & Cozen, J. (2015). The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Psychological assessment implications and applications. In C. N. Shealy (Ed.), Making sense of beliefs and values: Theory, research, and practice (chapter 11). New York, NY: Springer.

Cozen, J., Hanson, W. E., Poston, J. M., Jones, S., & Tabit, M. (2015). The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Implications and applications for therapeutic assessment and intervention. In C. N. Shealy (Ed.), Making sense of beliefs and values: Theory, research, and practice (chapter 15). New York, NY: Springer. 

Hanson, W. E., McComb, J. C., & Stinchfield, R. (2014). Pathological gamblers’ perceptions of helpful treatment experiences: A mixed methods study. In S. Jiménez-Murcia and D. Blanca (Eds.), Pathological gambling and technological addictions. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Lugar Publishing.

Hanson, W. E. (2013). Teaching therapeutic assessment practicum. Therapeutic Assessment, 1(2), 7-12. 

Hanson, W. E., & Poston, J. M. (2011). Building confidence in psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention: An empirically based reply to Lilienfeld, Garb, and Wood (2011). Psychological Assessment, 23, 1056-1062. 

Curry, K. T., & Hanson, W. E. (2010). National survey of psychologists’ test feedback training, supervision, and practice: A mixed methods study. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 327-336. 

Merker, B. M., Hanson, W. E., & Poston, J. M. (2010). National survey of psychologists’ training and practice in breaking ‘bad news:” A mixed methods study of the MUM Effect. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 17, 211-219.

Poston, J. M., & Hanson, W. E. (2010). Meta-analysis of psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention. Psychological Assessment, 22, 203-212.

Editorial Boards

European Journal of Psychological Assessment (EJPA)
Journal of Personality Assessment (JPA)
The Counseling Psychologist (TCP)

Theoretical Orientation

I’m a pragmatist and an integrationist. Clinically speaking, I take a Measurement-Based Care (MBC) approach, which involves psychological testing and session-by-session process-outcome data. Somewhat counterintuitively, MBC relies heavily on humanistic/person-centered principles and practices. In supervision, I take a developmental approach. And, in research, I take Gelso's “Optimal Research Training Environment” approach. Additionally, all these approaches are evident in my teaching, which links and integrates science and practice.

Courses Taught

EDPY 501, Introduction to Research Methods
EDPY 533, Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling I
EDPY 534, Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling II
EDPY 543, Mental Health Testing in Counselling
EDPY 544, Principles of Psychological Assessment and Testing
EDPY 547, Therapeutic Assessment
EDPY 903, Directed Research - Capping Projects


*Current Google Scholar citations = 6,647; Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) = 701 citations