James Bartee, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor
Training Director Counseling Psychology
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology

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Office: 504-F Allen Hall
Phone: 304.293.2227
E-mail: James.Bartee@mail.wvu.edu

Hello and welcome to my faculty page! As it says under my picture, I am currently the Training Director for the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology.

As the Training Director I am assigned 100% to Counseling Psychology and my duties, aside from teaching classes, serving on dissertation committees and other routine professorial tasks, is to oversee the development and maintenance of our APA-accredited doctoral program in professional psychology. You can find out all about how our program operates and what it has to offer among the various web pages on this site.

I teach doctoral courses in psychopathology, physiological psychology, psychopharmacology, history and systems of psychology; as well as the introductory class and advanced interventions. I also teach the on-campus component of the doctoral practicum. My scholarly and academic interests include training in professional psychology, international and multicultural practice; and the role of spirituality in well-being and health. My clinical specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of severe personality disorders.

But since this my web page, it’s all about me.

I came to West Virginia University in 2004 after having spent the prior some 14 years working as a consulting and counseling psychologist in Haifa, Israel. My work there consisted supporting the staff and dependents of the some 1,500 volunteers (at that time) serving at the Bahá’í World Center, which comprises persons from all over the world, ranging in age from newborns to nonagenarians. It was truly an international experience as on a given day I might be talking to someone from Michigan experiencing challenges transitioning to the Middle East, someone from the Gambia trying to figure out how to buy familiar foods in the local markets, a 10-year old from Iceland struggling with Hebrew in a local school or maybe a college student planning a graduate career back home in Mexico City.

Prior to moving to Israel, my wife, our two boys and I were living outside Portland, Oregon, where I was a tenured associate professor at Pacific University. During our seven years there I was the department head in psychology, founded and staffed the college counseling center and provided supervision in, and support to the fledgling Psy.D. program that joined Pacific after being a free-standing professional program. It is doing very well now, having received APA accreditation in 1990.

Seattle in the Great Pacific Northwest was my home for many years and my undergraduate and graduate education took place there at the University of Washington. I completed my internship at Harborview Hospital and Community Mental Health Center and a post-doctoral residency in Community Mental Health in a small city to the north of Seattle. Prior to coming to West Virginia I was granted a psychology license in both Washington and Oregon. I am fully licensed here as well since January 2005.


Ph.D., University of Washington, 1983
Dissertation: “Cognitive Complexity and the Attribution Process
Internship: Harborview Hospital and Mental Health Centre (U. W.)

M.Ed., University of Washington, 1980
Major: Counseling
Internship: Lewis County Mental Health Services

Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Development
Pacific Oaks College, 1975

B.A., University of Washington, 1972
Major: English (American literature concentration)

B.A. University of Washington, 1969
Major: Russian Language and Literature


  • Psychology Licenses: West Virginia, 2005; Oregon 1985; Washington, 1984
  • Staff Appointments at Tuality Community Hospital (Hillsboro, OR) and Forest Grove Community Hospital (Forest Grove, OR)
  • Washington State Teaching Credential K-12
  • California Clear Teaching Credential K-6


Medical Consultant
West Virginia Department of Disability Determination
Clarksburg, WV

Assistant Professor and Director of Training in Counseling Psychology
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Consulting Psychologist
Bahá’í World Centre
Haifa, Israel
1991 – 2004

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Psychology
Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR
1984 -1991

Medical Expert
Social Security Administration
Seattle, WA
1986 – 1991

Staff Psychologist
Mental Health Services of Snohomish County
Edmonds, WA
1983 – 1984

Research Assistant
U.W. School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

High School/Middle School Counselor and Classroom Teacher
Mossyrock Public Schools
Mossyrock, WA
1976 – 1980

Child Milieu Therapist
Children’s Home Society of Washington
Seattle, WA
1972 – 1974

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