John H. Dunkle, Ph.D.

John Dunkle, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Executive Director


John Dunkle's Email

Special Interests

Gay/lesbian/bisexual student concerns, gender issues, personality disorders, crisis intervention, short-term psycho-dynamic psychotherapy.


  • B.A.: Psychology; State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland, NY
  • M.A.: Psychology; State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland, NY
  • Ph.D.: Counseling Psychology; University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
  • Internship: Mental Health Division, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Greetings! Thank you for your interest in our training program at CAPS. I would like to give you a brief background on my supervisory style and my professional areas of interest. First and foremost, I would like to say that I find supervision and training invigorating and very rewarding. I view supervision as both a supervisory and a mentoring process. I approach supervision from a developmental perspective, integrating various methods and techniques depending upon training level. I spend the first few supervision sessions with trainees having a thorough discussion about training goals, past clinical rotations, past supervision experiences, and areas of clinical interest and experience. I strongly encourage the use of video-recordings of therapy sessions as an aid in fostering growth as a therapist. Mentoring is also a key aspect of supervision, and, therefore, I often counsel trainees in supervision on various issues related to their professional development.

My clinical interests are in the areas of short-term psychodynamic therapy, crisis intervention, gay/lesbian/bisexual affirmative psychotherapy, general college student developmental and mental health concerns, and professional ethical and legal issues. While I conceptualize client issues from a psychodynamic perspective, my actual in-session interventions look more eclectic or integrative. For example, I have recently been learning a great deal about Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and have found interventions from that approach quite helpful when working with college students.

I know that this is a very brief description but I hope that it gives you a flavor of me as a supervisor and a clinician. Again, thanks for visiting our site and learning about the CAPS training program.