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Dr. William K. Hahn

William K. Hahn, PhD

Psychologist, Student Counseling Center


William K. Hahn, PhD is a licensed psychologist and health service provider who has been with the University of Tennessee since 1987. As a Student Counseling Center clinical psychologist, he works closely with the medical and psychological staff in treating students who experience both physiological and psychological symptoms related to stress, medical conditions, and psychological issues. Before coming to the University of Tennessee, Hahn was a distinguished undergraduate student at the University of Kansas. He earned both his master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University where he was the recipient of the prestigious James D. Linden Award for Excellence. While at Purdue, he published a paper on brain development in infants and children, and he studied the relationship between physiological and psychological risk factors for future hypertension among teenagers and young adults. He completed an internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine with major rotations in inpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization services, crisis intervention, and outpatient psychotherapy with adults and children. Throughout his career, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in human sexuality, personality assessment and suicide prevention, and he has published numerous professional articles on topics about individual and group psychotherapy.


  • BA - Psychology, University of Kansas
  • MS - Clinical Psychology, Purdue University
  • PhD - Clinical Psychology, Purdue University

Professional Service

  • Knoxville Area Psychological Association - member

Awards and Recognitions

  • James D. Linden Award, Purdue University


Hahn, W.K. (2010). Shame. In I. B. Weiner and W. E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., pp. 1587-1589).  New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Hahn, W.K. (2009). Ingenuity and uneasiness about group psychotherapy in university counseling centers. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59, 543-552.

Hahn, W.K. (2008). Shame. In S. R. Graybar & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Handbook of contemporary psychotherapy: Towards an improved understanding of effective psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication. (pp. 303-320).

Hahn, W.K. (2004). The role of shame in negative therapeutic reactions. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 41, 3-12.

Hahn, W.K. (2001). The experience of shame in psychotherapy supervision. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38, 272-282.

Hahn, W.K. (2000). Shame: Countertransference identifications in individual psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 37, 10-21.

Hahn, W.K. (1998). Gifts in psychotherapy: An intersubjective approach to patient gifts. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 35, 78-86.

Hahn, W.K. & Toman, K. (1997). Destructive and reparative transference in multiple levels of group psychotherapy. Group, 21, 239-253.

Hahn, W.K. & Marks, L.I. (1996). Client receptiveness to the routine assessment of past suicide attempts. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 27, 592-594.

Hahn, W.K. & Marks, L.I. (1995). Student satisfaction with walk-in intake system. Journal of College Student Development, 36, 493-495.

Hahn, W.K. (1995). Response to McCallum and Gans. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 45, 363-366.

Hahn, W.K. (1995). Therapist anger in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 45, 339-347.

Hahn, W.K. (1994). Resolving shame in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 44, 449-461.

Hahn, W.K. (1993). Developing object constancy in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 43, 223-235.

Hahn, W.K., Brooks, J.A. & Hartsough, D.M. (1993). Self-disclosure and coping styles in men with cardiovascular reactivity. Research in Nursing and Health, 16, 275-282.

Hahn, W.K. & Molnar, S. (1991). Intern evaluation in university counseling centers: Process, problems, and recommendations. The Counseling Psychologist, 19, 414-430.

Hahn, W.K., Brooks, J.A. & Hite R. (1990). Results of blood pressure screening for white college students. Journal of American College Health, 38, 235-237.

Hahn, W.K., Brooks, J.A. & Hite, R. (1989). Blood pressure norms for healthy young adults: Relation to sex, age, and reported parental hypertension. Research in Nursing and Health, 12, 53-56.

Hahn, W.K. (1989). Therapeutic effectiveness of bupropion for bulimia: A possible artifact. The Journal of Clinical   Psychiatry, 50, 188.

Hahn, W.K. (1987). Cerebral lateralization of function: From infancy through childhood. Psychological Bulletin, 101,      376-392.

Dr. William K. Hahn

Contact Information

  • 233 Student Health Center, 1800 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-2251
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