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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Doug Callan

Douglas Callan, PhDDr. Doug Callan has been teaching at MSP since 2012, primarily in the PsyD program. His current academic and research interests include the neurobiological bases of psychotherapy, and subcortical influences in cognition and thought. In his clinical practice he specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults and older adolescents with depression, anxiety, grief, life changing events, and PTSD. He also performs neuropsychological assessment with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology, specializing in learning disorders and ADHD assessment. Dr. Callan supervises LLP clinicians and conducts training in Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy methods.


Philadelphia, PA

Favorite book (non-academic) 

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Favorite place to grade papers 

Dining room

What made you decide to pursue a degree in psychology?

I was always interested in how people made sense of the world. I struggled in my adolescence and began psychotherapy at age 15. That experience changed me and led me to be a psychologist.

What do you think led you to teach at MSP?

I was supervising an internship, and the student suggested that I apply to teach. The rest is history!

What’s your favorite part of teaching?

Watching students get a concept or an idea that changes their perception or way of thinking.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I played one year of division three college basketball.

What’s your favorite kind of music?

Late 50s (Do Wop) 1960s through 1970s rock and roll.

What do you do in your free time?

What’s that? Probably play guitar