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 from 2005 to 2009. 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 character development and flourishing, research methods, the evolution of human social life, and preparation for academic careers.
Fowers is the author of the books, The Evolution of Ethics, Virtue and Psychology
and Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness
and co-author of Re-envisioning Psychology. His scholarly interests center on the contributions of Aristotle’s ethics to a richer understanding of psychological theory, research, and practice. Fowers is particularly interested in the interplay of virtues, cultural ideals, and historicity in psychological practices and ordinary life. His research team studies 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 Association’s Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and a Fellow of Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology). He has served as the president of Division 24. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.