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Kathy Rusch, PhD

When other 12 year olds were dreaming of being astronauts and pop stars, Kathy had already ser her sights on being a psychologist.

Ever intrigued by relationships, Kathy took early note of the curious ways in which unstated needs could serve to derail meaningful connections between people. Through her training and education as a psychologist, Kathy saw an antidote for this disconnection in the supportive, caring context of the psychotherapeutic relationship. It has now become her life's work to support and develop quality relationships, an undertaking that she takes seriously as the president of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology.

In her over 20 years in this role, Dr. Rusch has taken personally the schools mission to train psychologists of competence and character for the benefit of our greater community.  One demonstration of this mission is the presence on campus of a fully functioning psychological clinic where community members can access psychological services on a sliding scale and experience high caliber treatment by student clinicians under expert supervision and oversight.

This is all in keeping with Kathys vision to cultivate the psychotherapeutic relationship as a place to foster connection and promote healing.  However, by supporting the development of tomorrows psychologists, Kathy is now able to help many more people than she could possibly see on her own at present and down the road.  

This brings Dr. Ruschs social contribution full circle.  As she uses her skills, insights, and training to help others live out their dreams of being psychologists, Kathy can work with assurance that she is also promoting healthy connections and improved relationships amongst those whom she will never have the opportunity to serve personally.  In this way, a twelve-year-old girls dream of helping others is actualized and fulfilled in the rippling effect that is caused by mentorship, training, and upholding our high professional and clinical standards as a source of health and betterment in the world.




Bruce Wampold, PhD

Dr. Bruce Wampold has dedicated the past 30 years of his career as a psychologist to investigating important questions related to the provision of psychotherapeutic services. Through his relentless pursuit of understanding counseling and psychotherapeutic processes, he has amassed a sizable contribution of over 100 books, chapters and articles. Dr. Wampold’s contributions have focused on understanding counseling and psychotherapy from empirical, historical and anthropological perspectives. His book The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, methods, and findings(2001), presents a contextual model for understanding counseling and psychotherapy as supported by a body of empirical evidence. His article “Qualities and Actions of Effective Psychotherapists” (2011, APA) is an overview of the mechanisms and processes involved in efficacious use of psychotherapy as a means of treatment. Dr. Wampold’s honest and thorough considerations of psychotherapeutic practices and processes have served in advancing the cause of psychologically-based treatments and services in the age of “best practice” and “evidence-based” practices. 

Currently the Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dr. Wampold also serves as the Director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway. His position at UW Madison has allowed him to remain active in both teaching and clinical supervisory roles, where he oversees masters and doctoral level counseling psychology students as student interns. Dr. Wampold is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12,17,29,45) and a Diplomat in Counseling Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 2007, he was honored with the Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award from APA.

When he's not busy in his numerous roles as a psychologist, you may find him having fun sailing his boat as an active member of the Mendota Yacht Club Association. 


Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP

Dr. Jon Carlson has been a vital and relevant voice in the field of professional psychology, both in the US and beyond. When he isn’t traveling, speaking and sharing his wealth of wisdom and experience, he lives and practices in Lake Geneva.


Dr. Carlson’s publications have earned him the recognition of both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.

He has been named Distinguished Psychologist by the APA Division of Psychotherapy (2009) and received the APA Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award (2011). In 2004 the American Counseling Association conferred the title of “Living Legend”. His ongoing presence as a public figure committed to promoting mental wellness has afforded him counsel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the opportunity to appear on The Today Show.

Dr. Carlson has authored over 55 books on a host of areas. His writing style, wit and mastery of practical applications of counseling and psychotherapy have made his books compelling to experienced clinicians and interested lay persons alike. Works such as Never Be Lonely Again and Time for a Better Marriage have disseminated wisdom for happier, healthier life to a common population, while works such as The Mummie at the Dining Room Table have served to fuel the intrigue and mystery of therapy for a generation of clinicians. Dr. Carlson has also published over 170 scholarly articles, and his contributions have contributed greatly to the growth and development of Individual Psychology (Adlerian Psychology) as a theoretical and clinical force.

As a Distinguished Professor at Governors State University in University Park IL, Dr. Carlson has been responsible for the production of over 300 DVDs/Videotapes showcasing the time’s leading experts in psychotherapy, family therapy, brief therapy, substance abuse treatment, parenting and couples education. His video productions published by APA have been highly utilized resources for psychology and counseling programs across the nation.

In Lake Geneva, Dr, Carlson works at the Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic, where he serves a diverse cross-section of the community. His approach, which is founded on Adlerian theory, represents an integration of the numerous approaches for which he has gained appreciation through his vast experience interfacing with the field’s most renowned clinicians.

Dr. Carlson has been married to his wife, Laura, for more than 44 years and enjoys greatly his time with his five children and five grandchildren. 




Rebecca Anderson, PhD    

Dr. Rebecca Anderson has worn many hats over her years as a psychologist. She has been active in research, publication, teaching and clinical practice, and has served positions on professional and governmental advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board. When we caught up with her, she was serving as Professor and Director of Psychological Services/Transplant Services at the Wisconsin Medical College. She may have moved on to new roles by the time you read this!

Yet -- to hear her relay it -- it remains clear that Dr. Anderson’s work has been a labor of love. When she was contacted for this interview, she stated: “I feel like I am a very fortunate person. I have a great career! I get to be clinical, I get to be a teacher, AND I can conduct research! I believe I have the trifecta in terms of professional happiness!”. Dr. Anderson’s varied career is not without distinction and has earned her professional recognition in more than one area of expertise.  

Having contributed more than 60 scholarly works, Dr. Anderson's research and publications have focused considerably on a broad array of medical and wellness-related areas of interest. Much of this work has attended to the relationship between the mind and body for a host of medical concerns and interventions. Her reputation in the field has also led to an appointment from the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a consultant on psychological outcomes pertaining to medical devices.

Dr. Anderson’s published works include textbook contributions on worksite wellness and the creation of transplant selection protocols. A more recent area of focus has been on women’s adjustment to breast cancer. At the time of her interview, she was in the process of developing a skills training program to assist newly diagnosed patients to confront and overcome breast cancer.

Dr. Anderson has also enjoyed a long career as an educator, professing her areas of expertise to future generation psychologists as well as medical students. She teaches at the Medical College of Wisconsin where, in addition to classroom teaching, she advises second year medical students. She also has long-standing affiliations with Marquette University and Edgewood College, where she has taught a broad array of courses over the years.

In addition to her teaching, research and administrative work, Dr. Anderson has also been an active clinician. She conducts psychological assessments for transplant surgery and maintains a case load of outpatient psychotherapy clients. Although she focuses on issues of preparation for and adjustment to transplant surgery, her practice also includes work on a variety of ongoing life concerns.

In addition to her work as a psychologist, Dr. Anderson is the proud mother of three and grandmother of five. 

 Andrew Kane, PhD


Fortunately for us, Andy Kane never made it to the Twin Cities to start a private practice, as he had intended. Instead, his life trajectory has been shaped by his deep commitment to social justice and human betterment and a penchant for taking personal risks to serve his community, particularly those in need.

In 1970 before completing his doctorate at UW Milwaukee, Andy volunteered at the Underground Switchboard, a hotline that helped callers with issues in their personal lives, including drugs of all sorts, and led a teen rap group. Before long, he helped establish the Underground Switchboard Free Medical Clinic, where he volunteered his psychological services for people identified by clinic staff. In a few months, demand for competent mental health services grew to require development of The Counseling Center of Milwaukee (TCCM). Andy founded TCCM and was its executive director from 1970-1978.

Upon graduation from UWM in 1971, Dr. Kane had already established himself as a purveyor of mental health care for the city’s poor and underserved. The formation of TCCM and his reputation in the community brought further opportunities. In 1974, the Board of Directors of Pathfinders for Runaways, an outpatient counseling and brief residential program for youth, requested that Pathfinders become part of TCCM.

His commitment exacted considerable demand at a personal level. In his early years, he worked 70-100 hours a week, with limited grant funding covering about two dozen staff at TCCM and Pathfinders. All services, however, were done gratis. By 1978, he established his private practice, allowing him to take a very active role in raising his two children (born in 1977 & 1980). Rather than rent an office, he located his practice in the coach house behind his house on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Over 40-plus years of professional life, Dr. Kane has developed a broad range of expertise, including crisis intervention, substance abuse and dependence, and forensic psychology (involuntary civil commitment, guardianship, personal injury, and child custody) to name a few. He has held adjunct positions in the UWM Psychology Department and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as court appointments and/or attorney retainers. His forensic work resulted in books on child custody (co-authored 6 to date) and evaluations for personal injury (co-authored 4 to date) and over 60 articles and chapters dedicated to improving forensic psychological assessments. He was made a Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology in 1993. 

Dr. Kane is also committed to improving psychology itself. In 1978, he helped create the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, where he offered a course in community psychology for 26 years and currently offers an elective in personal injury forensic psychology. He is a dedicated member of WPA (president, 1983-84; ethics committee, 1993-2003; legislative proposal review team, current). He was Milwaukee Area Psychological Association president in 1982. In 1984, Dr. Kane established a WPA task force to address sexual abuse perpetrated by therapists. The task force grew to include other professions and resulted in formation of the Wisconsin Coalition on Sexual Misconduct by Psychotherapists and Counselors, which he chaired until 1989. In 1989, he was elected the first president of the WPA Division of Forensic and Correctional Psychologists.

In recent years, Dr. Kane has thought of himself as a “minister without portfolio”. He remains a vital force in mental health and psychology, making regular contributions to professional and consumer group listservs on treatment, practice and funding. Most recently, he is an advisor to one of three “crisis respite houses” under development through state funding.

Dr. Kane describes his motivation as consistently organized around social justice and professional betterment. While he has been “cutting back” to only full time status, he remains busy with practice and immerses himself in all things psychology. He finds joy in the life experience and accomplishments of his two children, two stepchildren and his wife -- and is entertained daily by his five cats.

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