Craig Rooney, PhD

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Craig Rooney, PhD

Director of Behavioral Health


Degrees and certifications

  • Counseling psychology, PhD
  • Licensed psychologist (MO)
  • Certified psychological health services provider (MO)


  • University of Missouri

Bio/Professional experience

Dr. Craig Rooney provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that is directive and solution-focused. He completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri in 2000. Additionally, he has taught graduate students in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and worked in college counseling centers at Mizzou and the University of Utah. Dr. Rooney was in private practice in Columbia for 5 years prior to coming to the Student Health Center.

Selected publications

  • Kasai, M. & Rooney, S. C. (2012). The choice before the choice: Partner selection is essential to reproductive justice. In Reproductive Justice A Global Concern. (Chrisler, J.C., Ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Dillon, F. R., Worthington, R. L., Savoy, H. B., Rooney, S. C., Becker-Schutte, A., & Guerra, R. M. (2004). On becoming allies: A qualitative study of lesbian-, gay- and bisexual-affirmative counselor training. Counselor Education and Supervision, 43, 162-178.
  • Rooney, S. C. (2002, April). Examining Redding’s (2001) claims about gay and lesbian parenting. American Psychologist, 298-299.
  • Rooney, S. C. & Liu. W. (2002). Culturally diverse clients in employment counseling: What do multiculturally competent counselors need to know to be effective? Book chapter in Multicultural Counseling. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Flores, L.Y., Rooney, S. C., Heppner, P. P., Douglas, L., & Wei, M. (1999). Trend analyses of Major Contribution articles: Impact and implications. The Counseling Psychologist, 27, 73-95.
  • Heppner, P. P., Rooney, S. C., Flores, L. Y., Turner, S. L., Howard, J. K., Tarrant, J. M., Mulholland, A. M., Lilly, R. L., & Hanson, K. M. (1999). Increasing students’ professional identification and confidence in scholarly contributions. Counselor Education and Supervision, 38, 205-217.
  • Rooney, S. C., Flores, L. Y., & Mercier, C. A. (1998). Major Contribution: Making multicultural education for everyone. The Counseling Psychologist, 26, 22-32.

Academic responsibilities

  • Co-Facilitator, MU School of Medicine (August 2014-present). COMPASS (Contemplating Medicine, Patients, Self and Society).
  • Co-Investigator, Gopalakrishna, G., Aggarwal, A., Oyinloye, G., & Rooney, S. C. Efficacy of a smart phone based app in outpatient psychiatry clinic and its effects on outcomes and satisfaction. MU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and MU Student Health Center Behavioral Health Services. Approved by MU IRB (December 2014-present).
  • Adjunct Faculty, MU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

Professional responsibilities

  • 2016-17 Chair, Mental Health Section, American College Health Association
  • Co-Founder, MIZ-OUT Faculty and Staff organization. MU Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative

Presentations and lectures

  • Kasai, M. & Rooney, S. C. (August 2015). LGBTQ Issues in Asian Countries: Do you know what is happening on the other side of the globe? Symposium (Chairs) at the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Meyer, Jr., J. D., Meyer, L. A., & Rooney, S. C. (March 2015). Dimensional analysis of narratives from individuals who have ‘overcome’ chronic pain. Poster session at the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, National Harbor, MD.

Honors and awards

  • 2018 Cohort, Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program, UM System
  • 2016 Catalyst Award, MU LGBTQ Resource Center
  • 2016 Columbia’s Favorite Doctors by Inside Columbia magazine readers
  • 2015 Recipient of New Professional in College Health, American College Health Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Professional memberships

American Psychological Association
American College Health Association
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Contact Info

1020 Hitt St.
University Physicians Medical Bldg., 4th floor
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65212

573-882-1483 • Fax: 573-884-1811

Contact Information

1020 Hitt St.
University Physicians Medical Bldg., 4th floor
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65212