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Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber

Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber
- Professor and Department Head, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program Coordinator, College and Career Readiness Certificate Program Co-Coordinator, Director for Continuing Education of CNS Sponsored Programming, CACREP Liaison


Jill Duba Sauerheber is a Professor and Department Head of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University. She earned a B.S. in biology at Saint Xavier University (Chicago), a M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling at Governors State University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, with a cognate in marriage and family counseling at Kent State University in 2004. That year, she accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Western Kentucky University, earned an early promotion to Associate Professor and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014. Dr. Sauerheber is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC)-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified, Reality Therapy Certified, trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and holds a Certificate of Study in Adlerian Psychology. She maintains a small private counseling practice in which she specializes in trauma, young adult issues, and couples counseling.

Dr. Sauerheber’s research interests include marital satisfaction, training and gatekeeping of counselor trainees, and the impact of religion and faith on mental health. Since joining WKU, her research has resulted in over 40 peer reviewed journal articles, 3 books and 3 research grants, and over 40 scholarly international and national presentations. Dr. Sauerheber has served in professional leadership roles including but not limited to the president of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, president of the Kentucky/Tennessee Society of Adlerian Psychology, Co-Chair of the American Counseling Association Professional Standards Committee, Co-Chair of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Supervisor Training Committee, and editorial reviewer for The Journal of Individual Psychology, The Family Journal, and the Journal of Counseling and Development. In 2014, she completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program which focused on leadership development in higher education.  

Dr. Sauerheber has enjoyed serving WKU in various capacities including member of the WKU Provost Search Committee; WKU Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Continuance, Promotion & Tenure committee; Faculty Sponsor of the WKU St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center; Chair of the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Program Committee; Program Coordinator of the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling graduate program; and member of the Faculty Senate. Under her leadership as Department Head, two new on-line graduate certificate programs in College and Career Readiness and Addictions Education were developed to meet current national and regional trends. The Department also became an approved provider continuing education credits for Social Workers and continues to provide continuing education credit for Professional Counselors and Social Workers across the region each year. Dr. Sauerheber also enjoys serving the community as member of the Medical Center Health Foundation Community Relations Committee, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee, and as a Canonical Advocate for St Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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