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Bruce S. Liese, PhD

Bruce Liese portrait
Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Background

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine, Community Health, and Psychiatry. Dr. Liese earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University at Albany (1983), his Masters Degree in Psychology from Columbia University (1979), and his board certification (diplomate) in Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Cognitive Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. He is a Fellow in two American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions, 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) and 29 (Psychotherapy).

Dr. Liese's research, teaching, and practice interests include individual, group, family, and couples therapy; addictive behaviors; education, supervision, and training; and program development and evaluation. He has been Director of CBT Training for a large multi-center NIDA-funded cocaine treatment study. He has taught courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice at KU, and he has supervised hundreds of psychotherapy trainees. Dr. Liese has more than 75 publications, and he has co-authored three texts on addictive behaviors with Dr. Aaron T. Beck, including their most recent text, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Addictive Disorders (Liese andamp; Beck, 2022).

Dr. Liese currently serves as a Council Representative of the American Psychological Association (APA; Division 50 - Addictions). He was Editor of The Addictions Newsletter (TAN) for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50. For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President’s Citation from Division 50. In 2015 Dr. Liese received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50, and he received a Presidential Citation for his work as a Citizen Psychologist at the 2018 APA Convention. This award was granted for his work in the Lawrence-Douglas County community.

Education and Training
  • PhD, SUNY at Albany
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, SUNY at Albany
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, University of Pennsylvania Center for Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia, PA
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychologists
  • Licensed Psychologist, Kansas Behavioral Science Review Board