Bruce Liese

Bruce Liese
  • Clinical Director, Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment
  • Professor, Family Medicine and Psychiatry

Contact Info

Dole Human Development Center, Room 3078A
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045-7599


Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Clinical Director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas (KU) and Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC).  Dr. Liese earned his doctoral degree (PhD) in Counseling Psychology from The University at Albany (1983), his master’s degree (MA) in psychology from Columbia University (1979), and his board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is a Fellow in three American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions: 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy), and 43 (Family Psychology).  Dr. Liese has served as President of APA Division 50 and is currently an APA Council Representative. His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors. He has been Director of the cognitive-behavioral therapy unit in a large multi-center NIH-funded cocaine treatment study, and he is presently studying clinical judgment and bias in addiction treatment. He has taught more than 100 courses and workshops on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice, and he has supervised hundreds of psychotherapy trainees. Dr. Liese has more than 50 publications, and he has co-authored three texts with Dr. Aaron T. Beck on substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. He is on the editorial boards of three professional journals: Psychotherapy, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Dr. Liese was Editor of The Addictions Newsletter (TAN) for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50.  For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President’s Citation from APA Division 50. In 2015 Dr. Liese received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50, and he received a Presidential Citation for his work as a Citizen Psychologist from the American Psychological Association in 2018. This award was granted for his work as a volunteer, serving marginalized communities (e.g., people experiencing homelessness).