Tom Dowd

E. Thomas Dowd

Department of Psychology
Professor Emeritus
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We are sadden to announce the passing of our colleague, Dr. E. Thomas Dowd, on January 6th, 2018. Please visit the website for further details. 
Research Interests

I am interested in the application of cognitive-behavioral/developmental therapy to a wide variety of psychological disorders with adults. I am interested in hypnosis and hypnotherapy and its integration into CBT. I am interested in the effect of individual differences in psychological reactance on the therapy process and outcome. I am currently investigating memory processes and tacit knowledge structures (including tacit cultural assumptions) in psychological functioning and malfunctioning. More recently I have examined the juxtaposition of religion and psychotherapy, especially the thinking processes of people of different religious belief structures.

Courses Frequently Taught
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology Practicum
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Dowd, E.T. (2017). Anger management. In G. Elkins (Ed.), Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications, and Professional Issues. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Dowd, E.T. (2016). Resistance and the wounded self: Self-protection in service of the Ego. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 59, 100-113.
  • Dowd, E.T. (2015). Tacit knowledge awareness in international negotiations. In M. Galluccio (Ed.), Psychology of international negotiation: Interpersonal, intercultural, and diplomatic perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Dowd, E.T. (2013). Nocturnal Bruxism and Hypnotherapy: A case Study. International Journal of clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61, 205-218.
  • Dowd, E. T. (2012).  Cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy:  A cognitive-developmental approach.  Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 12, 103-119.
  • Klepac, R. K., Ronan, G. F., Andrasik, F., Arnold, K., Belar, C., Berry, S., Christoff, K., Craigheard, L. W., Dougher, M. J., Dowd, E. T., Herbert, J., McFarr, L., Rizvi, S., Sauer, E. M., & Straumann, E. J. (2012).  Guidelines for cognitive behavioral training within doctoral psychology programs in the United States of America:  Report of the Interorganizational Task Force on cognitive and behavioral psychology doctoral education.  Behavior Therapy, 43, 687-697.
  • Dowd, E.T., & Roberts Miller, A. (2011). Tacit knowledge structures in the negotiation process. In M. Galluccio & F. Aquilar (Eds.), Psychological and Political Strategies for Peace Negotiation: A cognitive approach. New York: Springer.
  • Dowd, E. T., Clen, S., & Arnold, K. D. (2010). The specialty practice of cognitive and behavioral psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 89-95.
  • Caserta, D.A., Dowd, E.T., Lynn, S.J., David, D., & Ellis, A. (2010). Rational and irrational beliefs in primary prevention and mental health. In D. David, S.J. Lynn, & A. Ellis (Eds.), The role of rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances: Implications for research, theory, and clinical practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dowd, E.T. & McCleary, A. (2007). Elements of Buddhist philosophy in cognitive psychotherapy. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 67-79.
  • Dowd, E.T. (2006). What changes in cognitive therapy? The role of tacit knowledge structures. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 6, 21-29.
  • Dowd, E.T. & Nielsen, S.L. (2006). The psychologies in religion: Working with the religious client. New York: Springer.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota (1971)