Texas Tech University

Horn Professor Loretta Bradley honored with lifetime achievement award

Robert Stein

February 1, 2019

Dr. Loretta Bradley

Loretta Bradley, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Counselor Education, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC).

She accepted the Robert L. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award today (Feb. 1) at the IAMFC world conference in New Orleans.

"Through her leadership roles and countless publications and presentations, she has built a solid reputation as a counseling leader and scholar that spans a lifetime," the IAMFC award citation said. "Her work is cited by other professionals throughout the world, and her name is recognized internationally. She has taught and mentored innumerable students that went on to become leaders in the field of counseling as well. It is a tribute to her character and unquestionable commitment to counseling to have so many practicing professionals credit Dr. Bradley with their personal successes. She has left an unmistakable and deeply ingrained mark on the counseling profession that will benefit future colleagues for generations to come."

Bradley's career in counseling and higher education spans more than five decades, beginning in a school in Kentucky, where she worked as a school counselor. She has been at Texas Tech University since 1987, arriving after serving as a professor at Vanderbilt University and vice dean at Temple University. Bradley earned her doctorate at Purdue University.

Her many professional affiliations include serving as former president of several counselor organizations, including IAMFC and the American Counseling Association (ACA). She has served on editorial boards for numerous academic journals and is the author or co-author of six books and over 150 articles.

Bradley is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences and gives lectures on such topics as counselor supervision, ethics and legal issues, ethical dilemmas, leadership, women's issues and grief and loss.

"I was both honored and surprised to receive the lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors," Bradley said. "Truly, it is one of the highlights of my career.

IAMFC is a division of ACA dedicated to advancing research, training and practice of couple and family counseling. Its membership includes counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family counselors and therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.