Dr. Robert A. Shearer
Dr. Robert A. Shearer is a retired professor of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University.
He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology from Texas A & M University, Commerce.
Prior to teaching Criminal Justice, he taught Educational Psychology at Mississippi State
University on campus and in the extension program across rural Mississippi during the civil
He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Criminal
Justice, human behavior, and addictions for over thirty-six years. He is the author of over
sixty professional and refereed articles in Criminal Justice and behavior. He is also the
author of Interviewing: Theories, techniques, and practices, 5th edition published by Prentice
Hall. Dr. Shearer has also created over a dozen measurement, research, and assessment
instruments in Criminal Justice and addictions.
He has been a psychotherapist in private practice and served as a consultant to dozens of local,
state, and national agencies. His interests continue to be substance abuse program assessment
and evaluation. He has taught courses in interviewing, human behavior, substance abuse
counseling, drugs-crime-social policy, assessment and treatment planning, and educational
psychology. He has also taught several university level psychology courses in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, led group therapy in prison, trained
group therapists, and served as an expert witness in various courts of law.
He has been the president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling
and the editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling as well as a member
of many Criminal Justice, criminology, and counseling professional organizations prior to
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