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Portrait of Tim Boffeli

Tim Boffeli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology,
Chair of Health, Wellness, & Behavioral Sciences
(563) 588-6442
Catherine Byrne Hall 221
MS 1714 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Psychology, Specialization in Educational Psychology from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN: 2007

M.A. in Applied Psychology, Emphasis in Clinical and Counseling from Loras College, Dubuque, IA: 1986

B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Loras College, Dubuque, IA: 1983

Teaching Philosophy

I firmly believe that Clarke University and Psychology are wonderful “boats” that carry students and me toward potentialities. When I am in the boat, I want to infect every traveler with the notion that within them lay greatness. That on this journey, the metamorphoses of greatness will inevitably unfold by a process of self-examination, self-enhancement and personal decision making. As all important journeys wear on, a solidification of the self based on taking more responsibility for living freely and embracing our Christian heritage of loving self while loving others will become more manifest. This is the fruition of the journey.

Life is a journey. The Clarke journey entails choices about living authentically and being engaged to transform that which needs changing. If you engage Clarke, then Clarke will engage you.

Tim Boffeli


Professional Background

Tim Boffeli started off his career at the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health. Prior to full time teaching, he was a Case Manager, Day Treatment Coordinator, Clinical Counselor and ultimately a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Tim worked extensively with a wide range of individuals who experienced short term and persistent forms of mental illness. He typically worked with individuals who had specialty treatment needs.

Tim worked at the Gannon Center for 20 years. Tim still holds his therapist license. While working as a mental health counselor, Tim taught for five years at Northeast Iowa Community College before moving on to teach for ten years as adjunct faculty at Clarke. In fall 2003, he joined the university full time as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department. For fall 2010, Tim received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 221 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 231 Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 330 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 381 Personality

Certifications and Memberships

  • Departmental Chairs
  • General Education Advisory
  • Academic Advising
  • Higher Learning Commission Steering
  • McElroy Fellowship
  • Member of Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Member of the Midwestern Psychological Association

Additional Information

Tim has received numerous awards and accolades in his mental health counseling and teaching careers. For example in 2015, Tim was the recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, Tim was bestowed Clarke’s Admissions Impact Award for the energy he exudes in the student recruitment process. Early in his career, Tim was recognized in 1989 by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) of Iowa as the “Most Outstanding Community Support Worker for the State of Iowa.” In the first year AMI granted the award, Tim was honored.

  • Presentations

    Personal Strategy from a Psychological Perspective, Young Professionals Dubuque (Chamber of Commerce). Spring 2016.

    Psychological Analysis of So B. It: A Novel. Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School 7th Grade. Spring 2016

    Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Mood Disorders. Loras College:  Diagnosis & Treatment Planning graduate course. Spring 2016

    Overcoming Fear Avoidance Behaviors. Clarke University: Primary Care in Physical Therapy graduate. Fall 2015

    Becoming More Than My Trauma. Clarke University: Faith & Holistic Development course. Fall 2015

    Depression and Suicide Assessment plus Cognitive Behavioral Treatments Associated with PT Compliance and Noncompliance. Clarke University: PT Management 2 graduate course. Fall 2014

    On Being a Damaged Catholic. Clarke University: Faith and Doubt course. Fall 2013

    Understanding Persistent Mental Illness and Fundamental Intervention Techniques. Dept. of Correctional Services: Dubuque Correctional Facility. Fall 2012

    Just Wait! – Overcoming  Procrastination. Clarke University Development & Educational Series: Your Best U. Spring 2012

    Staving Off Compassion Fatigue. Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference. Spring 2012