Counseling Psychology and Special Education Names New Department Chair

The department names Lane Fischer as their new department chair

The Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education (CPSE) in the McKay School of Education announced Lane Fischer as the new department chair.

Fischer began teaching at BYU in 1993 and he served as the associate dean and dean of students at BYU from 2000 to 2003. He was a licensed psychologist and practiced in Minnesota before coming to BYU, and he is also a licensed psychologist in Utah. He has been the president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, and he is the current editor of the journal Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy. He served as the president of the Utah and Rocky Mountain regions of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. He served as a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects from 1999 to 2009 and then chaired the IRB until 2012.

“Lane Fischer has graciously accepted the invitation to serve as the next CPSE Department chair,” Dean Mary Anne Prater said. “Based on student ratings and peer nominations, Lane is one of the best teachers in the McKay School and possibly in the university.”

Fischer graduated from BYU in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his master’s in educational psychology from BYU in 1982 and later earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

“He will bring to this new position leadership experience from other areas of the campus. Given the four CPSE degree programs, it is possibly the most complicated department in the school,” Prater said. “Lane’s knowledge and interface with all of these programs, as well as his enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and caring for the individual, will serve him well in this new position.”

Fischer replaces Tim Smith, who has been the department chair for the past six years.

“I wish to thank Tim,” Prater said. “He is an example for many McKay School faculty, as he exemplifies the balance between scholarship and sacredness that few of us master.”

Fischer is married to Rebecca. They live in Springville and are the parents of four adult children and six grandchildren.

Writer: Jordan Comstock

Contact: Cynthia Glad (801) 422-1922