About Dr. Kovacs | Career and Honors


  • Received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan
  • Is a licensed psychologist
  • Has been in practice for more than 40 years
  • Was a consultant to the Student Counseling Center, California State University at Northridge
  • Was a consultant to the Marianne Frostig Center for Exceptional Children, Pasadena
  • Was a consultant to the California Youth Authority Center for Delinquency Control, South Central Los Angeles
  • Was the Founding Campus Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Los Angeles; currently holds the post of Founding Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor
  • Formerly Editor of the journal PSYCHOTHERAPY: Theory, Research, and Practice
  • Served as a consultant on health care reform appointed by the American Psychological Association’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
  • Teaches and trains doctoral candidates studying psychology and masters candidates studying marriage and family counseling
  • Counsels individuals, groups, couples, families, and adolescents; works with individual and family developmental adjustment impasses; does executive coaching, couples counseling about marital distress, family and parent counseling, mediates separation and custody disputes, and teaches coping skills to those with chronic illnesses or their caretakers
  • Supervises and consults with other health and mental health professionals


  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Divisions of Clinical Psychology, of Psychotherapy, of Independent Practice, of Family Psychology, of Media Psychology, and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.
  • Recipient of Psychologist of the Year Award conferred by the Division of Independent Practice, American Psychological Association
  • Recipient of Distinguished Professional Psychologist Award conferred by the Division of Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association
  • Former President of the Division of Independent Practice and also of the Division of Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association
  • Awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential/Board of Directors’ Citation for a career of distinguished service to the Association

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