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Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber

Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber
- Professor & Department Head, Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Program Coordinator, College & Career Readiness Cert. Program Co-Coordinator, JUMP in Counseling Coordinator, Director for CE 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. Dr. Sauerheber became a Hilltopper in 2004 after accepting a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. Dr. Sauerheber is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC)-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified, Brainspotting (BSP) certified, Reality Therapy Certified, is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy (Level 3) and in Neurofeedback through the Stens Corporation. She holds a Certificate of Study in Adlerian Psychology and is pursuing Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) credential. She maintains a small private counseling practice in which she specializes in trauma, young adult issues, and couples counseling.

Dr. Sauerheber has conducted research in areas related to marital satisfaction and gatekeeping processes within counselor education. She has authored and co-authored over 40 peer reviewed journal articles and 4 books; has received 3 research grants, and has conducted over 50 scholarly international and national presentations. She currently serves as Past President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, president of the Kentucky/Tennessee Society of Adlerian Psychology, and as an editorial reviewer for various scholarly journals. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. 

Dr. Sauerheber has enjoyed serving WKU in various capacities including as the faculty sponsor of the WKU Newman Center, as well as member of the WKU Provost Search Committee; the WKU Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Continuance, Promotion & Tenure committee; 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. Dr. Sauerheber enjoys serving the community; she is a member of the Medical Center Health Foundation Community Relations Committee, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee. Dr. Sauerheber is a Canonical Advocate for St Joseph’s Catholic Church and provides mental health consultation for Catholic Diocese of Owensboro.

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