Linda K. Knauss

Linda K. Knauss, PhD

  • Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology (1981)
    Temple University (PA)
  • MA, Clinical Psychology (1981)
    Temple University (PA)
  • BA, Psychology (1975)
    Dickinson College (PA)

About Me

I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 1981. Before joining the faculty at Widener, I was the coordinator of clinical services at the Devereux Kanner Center. I also spent 13 years as the director of the psychology internship program and the assistant director of psychological services at Eastern State School and Hospital.

I came to Widener University in 1998 and have taught a wide variety of courses including ethics and professional issues, assessment techniques and report writing, family therapy, and transitioning to the professional role. In addition to my role as a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, I served as the director of internship training from 1998 to 2015. I am the chair of the American Psychological Association's Ethics Committee and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Committee and I have served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists' Ethics Committee. I am also a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

I have authored several book chapters and journal articles on ethics, and taught many continuing education workshops on a variety of ethical issues. I am the past-president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. I am also a member of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives (2000-2006; 2013-2018 representing Pennsylvania) and was a member of the APA Commission on Accreditation (2008-2013).

I received the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Committee, and the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award. My areas of interest and expertise include family therapy, ethical and professional issues, supervision and the training of psychologists. In addition to my work at Widener University, I have a private clinical practice where I see children, adolescents, adults and families.

Research Interests

My areas of scholarly writing include ethics and professional issues, supervision and training, interprofessional education and practice, and treatment of children and adolescents with serious mental illness.


  • Knauss, L.K. (2020). Ethical and professional issues in assessment. In M. Sellbom & J. Suhr 
  • (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of clinical assessment and diagnosis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Knauss, L.K., & Dyette, K. (2018). Psychological testing that matters: Creating a road map for effective treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (book review). Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(4),444-446. 
  • Bell, D., Bieschke, K., Zlotlow, S., Paternite, C., Illfelder-Kaye, J., McCutcheon, S., Knauss, L., Klonoff, E., & Wall, J. (2017). New standards of accreditation in health service psychology: Rationale, opportunities, and challenges. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11(4), 207-218.   
  • Knauss, L.K. (2017).  Response to article by Williams and Lally what is the best test to use Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 48(4), 279-281. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
  • Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP)
  • Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)
  • American Group Psychological Association


  • Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology, Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2019)

  • Distinguished School Psychologist Award, Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2016)

  • Psychologist of the Year, Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (2016)

  • Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association (2015)

  • Distinguished Service Award, Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2004)

  • Outstanding Service Award, Widener University School of Human Service Professions (2002)


  • Linda Knauss Honored with Distinguished Service to the Science and Practice of Psychology

    The Pennsylvania Psychological Association presented Linda Knauss, professor of clinical psychology, the Distinguished Service to the Science and Practice of Psychology award.

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