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Zachar, Peter

TitleProfessor and Associate Dean of Sciences
OfficeCollege of Arts and Sciences
Office HoursBy Appointment
Office LocationGoodwyn Hall 210G


Peter Zachar has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University and is an Ida Belle Young Research Professor. He serves on the editorial boards of Philosophy,Psychiatry and PsychologyJournal of Personality DisordersClinical Psychological Science, and Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental Health and Neurosciences. He is the co-editor of John Benjamin’s Consciousness and Emotion Book Series and an Associate Editor for Emotion Review


Zachar is the author of over 100 publications, including Psychological Concepts and Biological Psychiatry: A Philosophical Analysis (John Benjamins, 2000),and A Metaphysics of Psychopathology (MIT Press, 2014, Japanese translation 2018).He is the co-editor of Categorical Versus Dimensional Models of Affect (John Benjamins, 2012), Fact and Value in Emotion (John Benjamins, 2008) and Alternative Perspectives on Psychiatric Validation (Oxford University Press, 2014). Under General Editors Robin Cautin and Scott Lilienfeld, he is a section editor(historical and philosophical) for The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (Wiley, 2015). 


He has been invited to speak at Oxford University, The University of Copenhagen, and Humboldt University of Berlin. 

Zachar was the chair of the psychology department from 2003-2011 and President of the Faculty Senate in 2013-2014.  He is currently the Associate Dean in the College of Sciences,and the President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry.  


EducationLoras College, Dubuque Iowa 1986 B.A. in philosophy and psychology
Southern Illinois University 1990 M.A. in psychology
University of Iowa 1992 - APA accredited internship
Southern Illinois University 1994 Ph.D in psychology