UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology Faculty - Bruce Wampold

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Bruce Wampold

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Bruce Wampold

Counseling Psychology (CP)

317 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/262-2878
Fax: 608/265-3347

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Bruce E. Wampold, who was trained in mathematics (University of Washington) before earning his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (University of California, Santa Barbara), is the Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison as well as Director, Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway. Currently his work involves understanding psychotherapy from empirical, historical, and anthropological perspectives, which has led to the development of a contextual model of psychotherapy. His work is summarized in the forthcoming volume Great Psychotherapy Debate (with Z. Imel, 2nd ed., Routledge). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award from the American Psychological Association, and an Honorary Doctor in the Social Sciences, Stockholm University.


  • Goldberg, S.B., Babins-Wagner, R., Rousmanier, T., Berziuns, S., Hoyt, W.T., & Wampold, B.E. (2016). Creating a climate for therapist improvement: A case study of an agency based on outcomes and deliberate practice. Psychotherapy. 53, 367-375.
  • Nissen-Lie, H., Goldberg, S.B., Hoyt, W.T., Falkenstrom, F., Holmqvist, R., Nielsen, S.L., & Wampold, B.E. (2016). Are therapists uniformly effective across patient outcome domains? A study on therapist effectiveness in two different treatment contex. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 63, 367-378.
  • Budge, S., Moore, J.T., Del Re, A.C., Wampold, B.E., Baardseth, T.P., & Nienhuis, J.B. (2013). The effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for personality disorders when comparing treatment-as-usual and bona fide treatments. Clinical Psychology Review. 33(8), 1057-66.
  • Wampold, B.E., & Budge, S. (2012). The Relationship – and its Relationship to the common and specific factors of psychotherapy. The Counseling Psychologist. 40, 601-623.
  • Wampold, B.E., Budge, S., Laska, K.M., Del Re, A.C., Baardseth, T.P., Flückiger, C., Minami, T., Kivlighan, D.M., & Gunn, W. (2011). Evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety versus treatment-as-usual: A meta-analysis of direct comparisons. Clinical Psychology Review. 31, 1304-1312.
    Abstract: doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.07.012
  • Wampold, B.E. (2011). Qualities and Actions of Effective Psychotherapists. Video Series I: Systems of Psychotherapy. Video Series I: Systems of Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Wampold, B.E., Imel, Z.E., Laska, K.M., Benish, S., Miller, S.D., & Flűckiger, C. (2010). Determining what works in the treatment of PTSD. Clinical Psychology Review. 30, 923-933.
  • Wampold, B.E. The basics of psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and practice. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Budge, S., Baardseth, T.P., Wampold, B.E., & Flückiger, C. (2010). Researcher allegiance and supportive therapy: Pernicious affects on results of randomized clinical trials. European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 12, 23-39.
  • Minami, T., Davies, D.R., Tierney, S.C., Bettmann, J.E., McAward, S.M., Averill, L.A., Huebner, L.A., Weitzman, L.M., Benbrook, A.R., Serlin, R.C., & Wampold, B.E. (2009). Preliminary evidence on the effectiveness of psychological treatments delivered at a university counseling center. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 56, 309-320.
    Abstract: doi:10.1037/a0015398
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  • Minami, T., Wampold, B.E., Serlin, R.C., Hamilton, E.G., Brown, G.S., & Kircher, J.C. (2008). Benchmarking the effectiveness of psychotherapy treatment for adult depression in a managed care environment: A preliminary study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 76, 116-124.
    Abstract: doi:10.1037/0022-006X.76.1.116
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  • Minami, T., Serlin, R.C., Wampold, B.E., Kircher, J.C., & Brown, G.S. (2008). Using clinical trials to benchmark effects produced in clinical practice. Quality and Quantity. 42, 513-525.
    Abstract: doi:10.1007/s11135-006-9057-z
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  • Wampold, B.E. Psychotherapy: The humanistic (and effective) treatment. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 62, 857-873.
  • Baldwin, S.A., Wampold, B.E., & Imel, Z.E. Untangling the alliance-outcome correlation: Exploring the relative importance of therapist and patient variability in the alliance. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 75, 842-852.
    Abstract: Recognized for the Division 29 Outstanding Research Award
  • Frain, M., Ferrin, J.M., Rosenthal, D.A., & Wampold, B.E. (2006). A Meta-analysis of rehabilitation outcomes based on education level of the counselor. Journal of Rehabilitation. 72(1), 10-18.
  • Wampold, B.E., & Brown, G. Estimating variability in outcomes attributable to therapists: A naturalistic study of outcomes in managed care. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 73, 914-923.
  • Wampold, B.E., Minami, T., Tierney, S.C., Baskin, T.W., & Bhati, K.S. (2005). The placebo is powerful: Estimating placebo effects in medicine and psychotherapy from randomized clinical trials. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 61, 835-854.
    Abstract: doi: 10.1002/jclp.20129
  • Baskin, T.W., Tierney, S.C., Minami, T., & Wampold, B.E. (2003). Establishing specificity in psychotherapy: A meta-analysis of structural equivalence of placebo controls. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 71, 973-979.
    Abstract: doi:10.1037/0022-006X.71.6.973
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  • Wampold, B.E., Minami, T., Baskin, T.W., & Tierney, S.C. (2002). A meta-(re)analysis of the effects of cognitive therapy versus “other therapies” for depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 68, 159-165.
    Abstract: doi:10.1016/S0165-0327(00)00287-1
  • Wampold, B.E. The great psychotherapy debate: Models, methods, and findings. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Wampold, B.E., & Serlin, R.C. Consequences of ignoring a nested factor on measures of effect size in analysis of variance. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 5, 425-433.
  • Wampold, B.E., & Serlin, R.C. Consequences of ignoring a nested factor on measures of effect size in analysis of variance. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 5, 425-433.
  • Wampold, B.E., Mondin, G.W., Moody, M., Stich, F., Benson, K., & Ahn, H. A meta-analysis of outcome studies comparing bonafide psychotherapies: Empirically, "All must have prizes". Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 122, 203-215.
  • Goldberg, S.B., Hoyt, W.T., Nissen-Lie, H.A., Wampold, B.E., & L., S. (in press). Unpacking the therapist effect: Impact of treatment length differs for high- and low-performing therapists. Psychotherapy Research.

Awards and Honors

  • Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award
    Organization: American Psychological Association
    Description: This award recognizes educators in the preferred fields of psychology, medicine and law who have inspired their student/s to create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large or who has established a lasting basis, concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit.
    Date(s): 2011
  • Award for Career of Outstanding Contribution to Research in Psychology
    Organization: Wisconsin Psychological Association
    Date(s): 2010
  • Hilldale Award in Social Studies
    Organization: University of Wisconsin—Madison
    Description: Award for achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service.
    Date(s): 2010
  • Leona Tyler Award
    Organization: Society of Counseling Psychology
    Date(s): 2010
  • Outstanding Research Award
    Organization: Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association
    Description: For Baldwin, S. A., Wampold, B. E., & Imel, Z. E. (2007). Untangling the alliance-outcome correlation: Exploring the relative importance of therapist and patient variability in the alliance. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 842-852.
    Date(s): 2008
  • Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research
    Organization: American Psychological Association
    Date(s): 2007
  • W. James Coss� Distinguished Service Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology
    Organization: American Academy of Counseling Psychology
    Date(s): 2004
  • Outstanding Research in Counseling Award
    Organization: Division E, American Educational Research Association
    Date(s): 1999
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Association Named Professorship: The Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology
    Organization: Wisconsin Alumni Research Association
    Date(s): 2011
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