Blaine Fowers joined the University of Miami faculty in 1990, and has served as the Director of Training of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology from 1997 to 2005, and as Department Chairperson since 2005. Fowers received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico before coming to Miami.
In his role as a teacher, Fowers provides instruction in family therapy and couples therapy. He also supervises marriage and family therapy practicum.
Fowers is the author of the books, Virtue and Psychology
and Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness
and co-author of Re-envisioning Psychology
. His primary scholarly interest is in the ethical dimension of psychology as a science and as a practice discipline. Fowers is particularly interested in the interplay of virtues, cultural ideals, and historicity in psychological practices and ordinary life. The ethical framework for his work has its sources in ontological hermeneutics and virtue ethics, and it emphasizes the cultivation of human flourishing through an integrated life comprised of the pursuit of meaningful goals, common goods, and character development. In a series of articles, chapters, and books, he has applied this ethical framework to multiple domains in psychology, including marriage, family therapy, psychotherapy, and multiculturalism. This work highlights the character strengths necessary for both excellence in professional activities and flourishing as a human being.
Fowers is a licensed psychologist and member of the American Psychological Associationís Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology). He has served as the chairperson of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapyís ethics committee. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and has co-edited two issues of the American Behavioral Scientist.