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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 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 also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program, College and Career Readiness Program and the JUMP. She serves as CSI OKU Co-Faculty Chapter Advisor and as the CACREP-accreditation liaison. 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 when she was hired as a Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling faculty member within the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. Dr. Sauerheber’s areas of concentration are in systemic and interpersonal neurobiological approaches to individual, couple and family counseling, as well as neuro- and soma-sensory approaches to trauma therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, a Provisional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (PSEP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified, Brainspotting (BSP) certified, Reality Therapy Certified, is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy (Level 3); and is a PREPARE/ENRICH Provider.

Dr. Sauerheber has completed training in Neurofeedback through the Stens Corporation and holds a Certificate of Study in Adlerian Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. 

Dr. Sauerheber has an extensive record of research and scholarship related to couples and family counseling; marital satisfaction, trauma-informed practice and counselor education. She has authored and co-authored over 45 peer reviewed journal articles and 4 books and has conducted over 50 scholarly international and national presentations. Dr. Sauerheber also been actively involved in the counseling profession since graduate school. 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. Dr. Sauerheber served as Secretary, as well as Board Member-at-Large on the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors board; as a Site Team Member for the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); as Interview Column Editor and Editorial Board member for The Family Journal; and as Co-Chair of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Professional Standards Committee. 

Dr. Sauerheber has held many services appointments on campus, as well as within the community. She currently serves as the faculty sponsor of the WKU Newman Center and member of the CEBS Curriculum Committee. She has served on the WKU Provost Search Committee; the WKU Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Continuance, Promotion & Tenure Committee; as well as on Faculty Senate. Dr. Sauerheber also chaired the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Program Committee, served as Program Coordinator and Clinical Coordinator of the Counseling programs, and as a member on various search committees. Dr. Sauerheber also service extends to the community. She is a member of the Medical Center Health Foundation Community Relations Committee, a Canonical Advocate for St Joseph’s Catholic Church, and provides mental health consultation for groups, individuals and families within the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro.

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Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3036
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953


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