James E. Hightower, Ed.D., LPC, is a professor at the University of the Cumberlands in the School of Counseling Program and a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association.
His research interests include cognitive development of early childhood through adolescence and the application of metacognition by students pre-K -12. He is also interested in the biopsychosocial perspective of addiction. Prior to being employed at the University of the Cumberlands, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati in their Counselor Education Program, (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling, (Columbia, Kentucky). His teaching interests include multicultural counseling, group counseling, clinical supervision, ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling, substance abuse, and theory.
He is a member of the America Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA), Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) and, Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association (GCCA). He has presented at KCA, Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association (GCCA), and Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). He has attended all of the KCA Conferences since becoming a member. He has also attended SACES and OAC. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, he has completed a three-tier training program to provide counseling services to military personnel and their families.
Ed.D., Counselor Education, and Supervision (CACREP), University of Cincinnati, 2007 Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 1997 MA in Community Counseling, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 1995 BA in Psychology, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1988
Hightower, J., (2019). Substance Abuse Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents, Presentation for the annual conference for the Kentucky Counselor’s Association, Louisville, KY
Hightower, J., (2019). Advanced Psychopharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Counselors, Presentation for the 4th Annual Black Mental Health Symposium, Charlotte, NC
Hightower, J., (2018). Another Biopsychosocial Perspective of Trauma, Presentation for the annual conference for the Kentucky Counselor’s Association, Louisville, KY
Hightower, J., (2016). Why Should Counselors Study Psychopharmacology, Presentation for the annual conference for the Kentucky Counselor’s Association, Louisville, KY
Wesley, M. C., Sexton, L., & Hightower, J., (2016). Synchronous Online Counselor Education and Supervision, Presentation for the annual Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Child and Adolescent Counseling
- Clinical Supervision
- Problem-Solving Strategies