Richard James


(901) 678-4495
Ball Hall 105D
Office Hours
Mondays: 2-4, Tuesdays: 2:30-5, Wednesdays: 2-4:30, Thursdays: 2:30-5, and by appointment

About Dr. James

Dr. Richard James, Ph. D. is a Crader Professor of Education. He has been a professor at the University of Memphis for 35 years. Prior to that he was a school counselor and Title III E.S.E.A. nationally validated innovative education program coordinator in Mattoon, Illinois for seven years. He received his Bachelor's in English in 1964 and Master's in Counseling 1966 from Eastern Illinois University and Ph. D. in counseling psychology from Indiana State University in 1974. He has authored textbooks in theories of counseling and crisis intervention. His crisis intervention strategies book has sold over 100 thousand copies and been translated into Korean and Chinese. He is one of the founders of the Memphis Police Department's model for training police officers to do crisis intervention with the mentally ill. That model is now used in over 2400 police jurisdictions in the United States and in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom. and Sweden.


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psych - Indiana State Uni. - 1974
  • MS Ed. Counseling - Eastern Illinois University - 1966
  • BS Ed English - Eastern Illinois University - 1964