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Paul Hartung, Ph.D.

Paul J. Hartung, Ph.D.

Phone: 330.325.6112
Email: phartung@neomed.edu

Room: G-124
Hours: Walk-in & By appointment

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Academic Title(s)

  • Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty, College of Graduate Studies


Paul J. Hartung, Ph.D. is Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University where he directs the College of Medicine’s first-year course in the psychosocial foundations of clinical medicine. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 35 book chapters, 3 edited books, and an h-index of 31 reflecting high productivity and impact of his work. He also has 96 conference paper presentations along with 75 international, national, and state presentations, including keynote addresses and workshops delivered on 3 continents. He is current editor for The Career Development Quarterly (since 2014) and President, Division 16 (Counseling, 2018-22) of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). For his outstanding contributions to the science and profession of psychology and the field of career development, he was named fellow of the American Psychological Association, the IAAP, and the National Career Development Association.

Area of Expertise/Research Interests

Dr. Hartung studies work and career in human life, with emphases on physician careers and specialty choice, work-life balance, career decision-making, work values, and career construction theory and practice. He is interested in how people (a) explore, choose, and adjust to work over the life span, (b) use work to shape their identities and advance their life stories, and (c) navigate and balance work along with roles in non-work spheres of life, such as family, play, and community.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Human Development Services, Kent State University, 1992
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Kent State University, 1986
  • B.A., Psychology, The University of Toledo, 1984


  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine 2

Academic & Professional Activities

  • Editor, The Career Development Quarterly
  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Assessment, International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
  • Board of Directors, International Association of Applied Psychology
  • International Association of Applied Psychology U.S.A. National Liaison, American Psychological Association Division 17
  • Advisory Board, South African Career Development Association


  • John L. Holland Award, American Psychological Association Division 17
  • Robert A. Liebelt/E. Jay Wheeler Award for Faculty Excellence, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Counseling and Human Development Services Doctoral Program, Kent State University
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Ohio Career Development Association


  • Editor, The Career Development Quarterly, 2014 to present
  • President, Division 16 (Counseling) International Association of Applied Psychology, 2018-2022
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Fellow, National Career Development Association


  • Efficacy of a group career construction intervention for middle-school youth. 126th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association; San Francisco, CA; August 2018
  • Hartung, P. J. (2018, June). Life design: A unifying paradigm for international counseling psychology. Division 16 Presidential keynote address, 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Montreal, Canada.
  • Hartung, P. J., & Vess, L. (2018, June). Reflexivity and change processes in career construction counseling. Paper presented in P. J. Hartung (Chair) “Reflexivity and change in life designing: Perspectives from process research.” Symposium conducted at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Montreal, Canada.
  • Teaching and fostering empathic touch and eye gaze: A randomized controlled trial of medical students. Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Empathy and Innovation Summit; Cleveland, OH; June 2018
  • Designing Life-Careers in an Unpredictable World. Keynote address; Annual Conference of the Career and Life Adventure Planning Project. Chinese University of Hong Kong; Shatin, Hong Kong, China; June 2017



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