Richard Sears loves to learn, which is reflected in his diverse past experiences. He worked as a manager in a Fortune 500 company, owned a full-time martial arts school (he holds a fifth degree black belt in Ninjutsu), is a licensed private pilot, a certified scuba diver, and received past certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. He also once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet for a couple of weekends back in 1996.
Richard received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Raj Soin College of Business, and received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. He has clinical experience with both therapy and assessment of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. He maintains a small private psychology practice in the Cincinnati area.
Richard is also active in the field. In addition to being a full-time core faculty member of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute and University, he is President-Elect of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, and is Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. He is currently developing the Society for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation and the Journal of Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation.
Richard's passion for learning is reflected in his teaching and writing. He is lead author of the book Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals, published by John Wiley & Sons, and is lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, forthcoming from Professional Resource Press. He intends to continue writing books on a variety of topics.
His research interests are reflected in the courses he teaches: