Photo of Dr. Catherine A. Chambliss
Photo of Dr. Catherine A. Chambliss

Cathy Chambliss

Dr. Catherine Chambliss is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys collaborating with students on research projects related to mental health, substance use, and interpersonal relationships. She has also been involved in the development of psychotherapy approaches for both outpatients and inpatients.

Catherine A. Chambliss, Ph.D. is a Professor of psychology, who has taught at Ursinus College since 1979 and chaired the Psychology Department from 1989-2010 and 2013-2018. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1975, and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. In 1981 she received the Lindback Teaching Award, and in 1990 the Laughlin Professional Achievement Award.

Dr. Chambliss is a licensed psychologist, who has published and presented over 300 research papers on a broad range of topics related to her discipline. Her Group Involvement Training (1988) and Psychotherapy and Managed Care: Reconciling Research and Reality (2000) examine issues related to both inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare. They have been used in a variety of mental health and academic settings. Maternal Employment: Marvel or Menace (2009) summarizes a series of studies investigating the impact of maternal employment on children, mothers, and fathers she initiated in 1982; this work has been shared through televised appearances.

Supporting Student Smoking Cessation (2011) summarizes work with student collaborators addressing this important health problem. Working with Math & Computer Science professor April Kontostathis and her students, she co-developed therAPPist, an application for mobile devices aimed at increasing self control. Dr. Chambliss has been a practicing licensed psychologist since 1981. She has three grown children and is married to psychologist Alan Hartl.




  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.S. and Ph.D., University of Miami


Introductory Psychology
Mental Health and Abnormal Psychology
Psychopathology & Psychotherapy

Research Interests

Depression & Interpersonal relationships
Treatment of Severe Mental Illness
Maternal Employment

Recent Work

Chambliss, C. & Kontostathis, A. (2014). Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Psychotherapy for Treatment of Schizophrenia: A Feasibility Study. International Journal of Virtual Worlds and Human Computer Interaction. 2(1), 8-17.

Chambliss, C., Hartl, A., Bowker, J. & Short, E. (2014). Reducing depression via brief interpersonal mutuality training (IMT): A randomized control trial. International Journal of Health Sciences.