Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley
Harriet CobbHarriet Cobb - EdD

Dr. Cobb maintains a part-time private clinical practice seeing adults, couples, children and families. Throughout her many years of providing mental health services, Harriet has become acutely aware of the importance of collaboration among individuals and systems affecting the well-being of her clients. Her work in education emphasizes bringing teachers and parents together to enhance children's academic and social-emotional functioning. Her work with couples and families focuses on helping them understand the dual principles of self-enhancement and relating to each other in a positive and respectful manner. Harriet views Collaborative Practice as the best approach to helping couples and families effectively navigate the difficult issues involved in divorce, care for the children, and move forward in healthy ways.

Dr. Cobb is also a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, where she is a faculty member in the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical/ School Psychology. She teaches courses in Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, and Consultation/Organizational Change. She supervises doctoral students in conducting psychological evaluations and interventions, including collaborative practice and parental consultation with two household families.

Harriet received her bachelors and masters degrees in School Psychology from Indiana University, and she worked for a number of years as a school psychologist and special education administrator in public schools. Subsequently, she completed her doctorate in Counseling and her cognate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. She joined the faculty at JMU in 1981, and has held numerous leadership roles within JMU, including directing the graduate preparation program in school psychology, and externally, e.g., serving as an officer in the Virginia Psychological Association. She has won Distinguished Faculty awards in her college both for service to the university and community and also for outstanding teaching. She received the Madison Scholar Award for promoting diversity enhancement. Harriet is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a School Psychologist.

Business Information
Firm Name: Harriet Cobb, EdD
Phone: (540) 434-5141
Address: 1820 Country Club Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
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Collaborative Practice Group Membership

Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley

Collaborative Practice Training
Year Training Type Instructor Hours
2007 Basic Interdisciplinary Team Training Alexander, Hill, Ross  
General Comments

After many years of working with children, adults, couples, and families, and teaching graduate students, I believe that it is important to model healthy adult behavior and participate in processes of relationship building and conflict resolution that rely on trust, respect, and the spirit of generosity. Collaborative Practice represents my preferred way of interacting not only with clients, but in relationships with my own family, friends, students, and colleagues.

Areas of Practice

Collaborative Consultant
Child Specialist
Psychotherapy for Children, Adults, Couples and Families
Psychological Assessment
Consultation to Schools, Businesses, and Organizations

Undergraduate: Indiana University - BS Psychology 1973, Minor: Special Education
Post-Graduate: Indiana University - MS School Psychology 1974
University of Virginia, - EdD Counselor Education 1980, Cognate – Clinical Psychology
Professional Education 24 hours of annual Continuing Professional Education as required by the Virginia Board of Psychology
Professional Licenses

School Psychologist, since 1982
Professional Counselor, since 1983

Professional Activities

Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University
Teaching courses in the Clinical/School Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program
Private Practice
Offering psychological services and consultation

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