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James O'Malley

James O'Malley

            After nearly 30 years of service to Central, Dr. James T. O’Malley has retired as professor emeritus of psychology and counselor of education.

            Before arriving at Central in 1967, O’Malley taught social studies at Braymer High School, and served at Fort Osage High School as the district’s first counselor in addition to coordinating the distributive education program. He also served as school counselor at Dana Junior High School in Arcadia, Calif.

            O’Malley earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and a master’s degree in education in the area of guidance at Central. He completed his doctorate at Arizona State University in guidance and counseling.

            While at Central, O’Malley served on the Faculty Senate, and was a member of the University Award Selection, Library, and Scholarship Advisory committees. He also served on the Social Service Committee at the college level, and the Counselor Education Admissions and Standards Committee at the departmental level.

            O’Malley a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor, is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious, and Values Counseling, Missouri Counseling Association and Central Missouri School Counseling Association.

            Among his many noteworthy achievements, O’Malley established the Missouri Association for Religious and Values Issues in Counseling and served as its first president.

            He and his wife, Eleanor, have two sons, Leon and David.