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About Dr. Wallace


Dr. James Wallace graduated from Jamestown (NY) High School before he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.  He followed that with a master’s degree in Counseling & Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Cornell University.  He concluded his formal education at the University of Southern California where he received a Ph.D. in educational psychology.  In the interest of lifelong learning and professional development, Dr. Jim has attended numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops over the years.  Among other things, he’s undergone training in mediation, crisis intervention, stress management, reporting of child abuse/neglect, diagnosis of learning disabilities, pain management, and sport psychology.

Dr. Wallace recently added Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional to his credentials. Other training workshops he has completed in recent years include the following:

--Effects of Trauma on Brain Development

--Principles of Managing Pain: Non-Drug Interventions

--Different Children, Different Needs

--Anger Control Made Easy

--Neuropsychological Assessment of Reading

--Mediation Skills Training

--Depression in Children

--Mental Health Medications

--Legal and Ethical Issues in School Crisis

--Restorative Justice

--Motivational Interviewing

--Ringing in the Ear: Understanding and Effectively Treating Tinnitus Distress

--Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents, & Young Adults

Dr. Jim served as a school psychologist for a district of nine elementary schools in Saugus, California, before moving East to work at a variety of schools in Central New York.  He was a clinical psychologist for the Franziska Racker Centers, working at OCM BOCES in Cortland, from 2006 until 2017.  He has taught college students at TC3, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Colgate University.  Dr. Wallace has been practicing and teaching the nonviolent art of self-defense, aikido, for decades; he is Chief Instructor of the Colgate Aikido Club (CAC), a.k.a. the Aikido Institute of New York (AINY).  He had a private practice in Ithaca before moving to Hamilton and, for the past decade, operating a practice here.


Dr. Wallace is married to Ann Jane Tierney, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Colgate.  They have two young adult daughters, Jasmine and Gemma, who are making their way in the world.  Varying numbers of dogs have rounded out the family.  In his spare time, Dr. Jim enjoys drumming, swimming, walking, golf, hiking, basketball, running, kayaking, skiing (alpine and Nordic), table tennis, yoga, frisbee, juggling, fitness training, reading, and travel.  

Dr. Jim has recently published a non-fiction book entitled On Target: Comparative Challenges of Sports & Games.  The book describes a wide variety of athletic and recreational endeavors from the perspective of their having targets at which to aim.  In addition, it considers which sports are most difficult and satisfying to play and watch.  A chapter on sport psychology may be useful to athletes of every level of expertise.  Also included is a chapter citing various idiosyncratic factors which influence sports and games.  On Target is intended for youthful audiences as well as veteran athletes.

Dr. Wallace has begun to write a blog, Dr. Jim's Whims, containing short articles about various topics.  You may find it at (  Dr. Wallace is also available on LinkedIn and Facebook.  

His writing has taken off again, this time in the form of his first novel, Holy Rollers.  Its genre is crime fiction but the story is liberally sprinkled with elements of golf, psychology, aikido, action, romance, and humor.  The book, officially published 1/5/21 by Mascot Books, is intended to educate as well as entertain, and it is now widely available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.  

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