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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Lee Bach

Dr. Bach has been with MSP since 1997 and the Program Director since 2008.  With extensive experience as an educator she has held various teaching positions at the University of Detroit-Mercy, Oakland Community College, and at public and alternative schools for students with special needs.  Dr. Bach is a qualitative research consultant and liaison for students and faculty at universities, nationally and internationally. As the program director and a core faculty member, she leads the faculty in the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the academic programs of MSP. Dr. Bach has a diversified private practice with specific expertise in the treatment of eating disorders.  In furthering her commitment to the development of human potential, she engages in continued studies of creative processes in the art of teaching and the art of practicing psychotherapy. Dr. Bach is published in the areas of Heuristic Research and in the treatment of eating disorders.

Lee Bach, PhD - psychology associateHometown 

Alabaster, Alabama

Favorite book (non-academic)

Cookbooks and psychological thriller mystery novels

Favorite place to grade papers

In my very comfortable desk chair in my home office

What made you decide to pursue a degree in psychology?

There are two experiences that informed by career choice in psychology. My undergraduate degree was Special Education.  As a special education teacher, I became very interested in the work of the school psychologists.  Primarily, I was impressed by positive changes I noticed in students who were in therapy. In my early career years, I entered therapy as a client and benefitted in significant ways. It was at this time that I realized that I wanted to be a facilitator in processes of intrapersonal growth.

What do you think led you to teach at MSP?

I loved my experience as a student at the Center for Humanistic Studies.  Upon graduation, I hoped that I could return some day as a faculty member.  My wish came true!

What’s your favorite part of teaching?

Witnessing and being a part of the personal and professional growth processes of students.  I love the teaching and learning exchange that happens between my students and me.  It is a two way process.  When I teach, my students and I simultaneously share the roles of teacher and learner.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am very adventurous!  Some of my favorite vacations have included traveling off the beaten path, scuba diving, and extreme bicycling.  I am going luging soon!

What’s your favorite kind of music?

I listen to jazz, classic rock, even country music on occasion.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to cook, read, work out, and travel as often as possible. In the winter, I enjoy snow shoeing.  During spring, summer, and fall, I cycle.