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2020 Distinguished UT Psychology Alumnus Award


Dr. John L. Hawley, Jr. is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in Sterling, Virginia, for more than 35 years. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1982 after receiving BA (’75) and MA (’77) degrees in psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was licensed to practice clinical psychology by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine in 1983, and he has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings in both the private and public sectors.

Hawley works with children, adolescents, and adults performing psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and substance abuse treatment; he also offers consultation and supervision services. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University where he teaches classes in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and behavior modification. Although he lives and practices in his native Virginia and he teaches at his undergraduate degree granting university, Hawley has an abiding love for the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee. While training in Knoxville, he fondly recalls having the privilege of working as a masters level psychologist at both the University of Tennessee Hospital and the Child Behavior Institute doing family and individual counseling on an outreach basis in the homes of families throughout the 34 county East Tennessee region. 

Hawley considers that his Tennessee experience was, and continues to be, priceless. He served as the inaugural and founding chair of the University of Tennessee Association of Psychology Alumni (UT APA) Advisory Board from 2013 through 2017 and continues to serve as a valued member of the Advisory Board. He is married to the former Mary Ellen Duzan who also is a Virginia native. Mrs. Hawley has been a career public servant for the governments of Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Dr. and Mrs. Hawley are members of the Advisory Board for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Tennessee and generous supporters of the University of Tennessee Department of Psychology.

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