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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2019-2021 Faculty and Administration Biographies Charles A. Maher, Emeritus  

Charles A. Maher, Emeritus

Psy.D., Rutgers University

Charles A. Maher was a professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and a professor with the Center of Alcohol Studies. He is founder and director of the sport psychology concentration and he is in charge of the Sport Psychology Institute, which is associated with the Center of Applied Psychology. Dr. Maher is a licensed psychologist, a diplomat of the American Board of Sport Psychology, and a fellow of many divisions and societies including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, as well as the Academy of Learning and Developmental Disorders. He also is credentialed as a chief school administrator, school psychologist, learning consultant, principal, and teacher of the handicapped.

At GSAPP, Dr. Maher taught courses in the planning and evaluation of human services programs; program evaluation for clinical psychologists; sport psychology: theory, research, and practice; and assessment and intervention in sport psychology. He supervised projects and related experiences of students in all programs in these aforementioned areas as well as student dissertation research. His research and program development interests span a range of domains including: evaluation of special education programs and services; incorporating planning and evaluation services into decision-making routines of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; work team development; enhancement of the performance of athletes and coaches in sport settings; performance enhancement of executives, managers, and supervisors in organizational settings; and professional self-management.

Dr. Maher has published in a range of professional and scientific journals and he is the author and editor of numerous books in the above areas. He is editor of the Journal of Applied School Psychology and the executive editor of the Sport and Sport Psychologybook series (Haworth Press). He has been a member of many journal editorial boards, currently including the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology and the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. In addition, he sits on the boards of directors of numerous agencies and foundations.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Maher has served as a national and international consultant to many and diverse for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including those in professional sports, large urban public schools, manufacturing organizations, protective services, public utilities, and government agencies. He also works with professional teams and professional athletes in many sports including football, basketball, and baseball as a sport psychologist, and also serves as a sport psychology consultant to the Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, particularly its football and men's and women's basketball programs. Before coming to GSAPP, Dr. Maher served as a teacher and administrator of programs for emotionally disturbed adolescents, a school psychologist, a director of special services, and an assistant school superintendent, as well as a high school and college coach in football, basketball, and baseball.

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