Linda K. Knauss

Linda K. Knauss, PhD

  • Professor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology (1981)
    Temple University (PA)

About Me

I received my Ph.D. 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.

Publications

  • Knauss, L. K. (2015). Ethical issues when working with abused children. In P. T. Clements, S. Seedat, & E.N. Gibbings (Eds.), Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment. St. Louis, Mo: STM Learning, Inc.
  • Knauss, L. K., & Knauss, J. W. (2011). Ethical issues in multi-person therapy. In S. Knapp, M. Gottlieb, L. VandeCreek, & M. Handlesman (Eds.), APA handbook of ethics in psychology, Volume 2 (pp. 29–43). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Brabender, V., Knauss, L., Foster. E. (2015). Psychotherapy supervision: Ethical considerations and resources. The British Psychological Society Psychotherapy Section, 56, 38–56.

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

Awards

  • American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2015)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award (2004)
  • Widener University School of Human Service Professions Outstanding Service Award (2002)

Noteworthy

  • 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.