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Rodney L. Lowman is an American psychologist, academic administrator and entrepreneur whose major contributions have been in the areas of career assessment and counseling, ethical issues in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I-O Psychology), the integration of clinical psychology and I-O psychology and helping to develop the field of Consulting Psychology. In a study[1] of the most prolific contributors to the Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Lowman was rated the second highest contributor for articles for the period 1992-2007.


Contributions to career assessment and counseling

Lowman's model of career assessment[2] advanced the thesis that a full understanding a person's career issues and choices (and sources of career unhappiness)required understanding and integration of the person's interests, personality and abilities. Much of career assessment scholarship and practice to that point had primarily focused on occupational interests, personality variables and a few other psychological constructs. Lowman's early work (e.g., [3] and first book on career issues [4] demonstrated the relevance of each of the three domains of interests, abilities and personality for the practice of career assessment. His work provided a basis for the clinical integration across these domains in career assessment and counseling and was based on (and presaged some of the later empirical work) examining the scientific basis for integration across domains (e.g., Ackerman & Heggestad, 1997). Lowman also wrote a seminal text on career counseling, Counseling and Psychotherapy of Work Dysfunctions[5].

New directions in professional ethics

Lowman's training in both Industrial-Organizational (I-O) and clinical psychology resulted in an interest in ethics. The field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology [SIOP]) though being closely tied to both science and practice had not focused much on ethics in the practice of I-O psychology. As chair of SIOP's Professional Affairs Committee, Lowman led the effort to create SIOP's first ethics casebook, which has since been expanded and published in two editions in a joint publication by APA and SIOP, The Ethical Practice of Psychology in Organizations[6]. Lowman (both independently and with colleagues such as Drs. Richard Kilburg and Stewart Cooper) have conducted a large number of professional training programs for psychologists on the application of ethics in consulting and I-O psychology.

Helping to develop the field of consulting psychology

The field of consulting psychology has also been a focus of Lowman's professional work. He spearheaded and helped obtain the APA's approval for a set of guidelines for the training of professional consulting psychologists at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels[7]. In these training models the focus is on training at the individual, group and organizational levels. He edited a book that helped to advance Consulting Psychology as a discipline, the Handbook of Organizational Consulting Psychology[8].

Contributions to scholarly literature and journal editorships

Beginning in 1989 ([9]) Lowman has written or edited 8 books and monographs, over 100 journal articles, and has made hundreds of professional presentations around the world, primarily at professional meetings and conferences. His areas of specialization include: career assessment [10] and counseling[11], managed care in mental health,[12] ethics[13] and consulting psychology.[14]

He has also edited two psychology journals. He served as founding editor of The Psychologist-Manager Journal (Society of Psychologists in Management [SPIM], and currently serves as editor of the flagship journal of consulting psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.

Professional training

Lowman trained in Industrial-Organizational and Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University, (PhD, 1979) having completed his clinical psychology internship at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (now housed in the University of Texas at Houston Medical School) in 1977-78. His postdoctoral work was done at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical School's Marriage and Family Clinic and at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center in Ann Arbor.

Leadership roles in universities, for-profit organizations and professional associations

In addition to his academic contributions, Lowman has also held numerous academic leadership positions including service as Department Head (Lousiana Tech U.), Dean, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Acting President (Alliant International U.) and President (Lake Superior State University). His administrative duties have mostly been in the context of start-ups and turnarounds. He also founded and led for seven years The Development Laboratories, a private consulting firm, and currently heads, a private firm. He serves on the Board of Leadership Worth Following, a management consulting firm based in Dallas.

Rodney Lowman has been actively involved in leadership roles in Professional Associations throughout his career, particularly in the APA, SCP and SPIM. In APA, he has served on its governing board (APA Council), as Chair of its Board of Professional Affairs, as a member of its Committee on Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS) and the prestigious Ethics Committee and Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments. He headed a committee advising the APA's CEO Norman Anderson,PhD on strategic planning and an ad hoc committee on creating a Values Statement for the APA. His contributions were important in the creation of APA's mission statement and its first-ever vision statement. Lowman served as President of the Society of Consulting Psychology (2001) and of the Society of Psychologists in Management (1994).


Lowman has won numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. He holds Fellowship Status in three divisions of APA: Clinical Psychology (Division 12), Consulting Psychology (Division 13), and I/O Psychology (Division 14). He was awarded the Richard Kilburg Service Award by the Society of Psychologists in Management and the Society of Consulting Psychology's Service Award. He also holds a diplomate in the American Board of Assessment Psychology. Lowman also currently serves as Distinguished Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA USA.


  1. ^ Mahoney et al., 2008
  2. ^ Lowman, 1991
  3. ^ Lowman, Williams & Leeman, 1985
  4. ^ Lowman, 1991
  5. ^ Lowman, 1993
  6. ^ Lowman, 2006
  7. ^ APA, 2007
  8. ^ Lowman, 2002
  9. ^ Lowman, 1989
  10. ^ Lowman, 1991
  11. ^ Lowman, 1993
  12. ^ Lowman & Resnick, 1994
  13. ^ Lowman, 2006
  14. ^ Lowman, 2002


  • Ackerman, P.L. , & & Heggestad, E.D. (1997). Intelligence, personality, and interests: Evidence for overlapping traits. Psychological Bulletin, 121, 219-245.
  • American Psychological Association (2007). Guidelines for education and training at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels in consulting psychology/Organizational consulting psychology. American Psychologist, 62, 980-992.
  • Lowman, R.L. (Ed.) (2006).The ethical practice of psychology in organizations (2nd Ed.). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association & Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
  • Lowman, R.L. (Ed.) (2002). Handbook of organizational consulting psychology. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Lowman, R.L., Williams, R.E., & Leeman, G.E. (1985). The structure and relationship of college women's primary abilities and vocational interests. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 27, 298-315.
  • Lowman, R.L., & Resnick, R.J. (Eds.) (1994). The mental health professional's guide to managed mental health care. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association
  • Lowman, R. L. (1993). Counseling and psychotherapy of work dysfunctions. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Lowman, R.L. (1991). The clinical practice of career assessment: Interests, abilities & personality j9a. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Lowman, R. L. (1989). Pre-employment screening for psychopathology: A guide to professional practice. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange.
  • Mahoney, KT., Buboltz, Jr., W.C., Soper, B., Doverspike, D., & Simoneaux, B.J. (2008). Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 60, 246-258.

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