Marty Sapp

Office: Enderis Hall 793

Marty Sapp

Professor, Counseling Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology

Courses Typically Taught

Practicum, Research in Counseling Psychology

Research Areas

My primary areas of interest are cognitive-behavioral theories of counseling, adapting counseling theories to African Americans and Latinos, multicultural counseling, psychological hypnosis, and research methods. I have completed several studies that standardized hypnotizability measures with African American college students. In terms of research methods, I have interests in psychological measurement, effect sizes, confidence intervals and research designs.

Current Research/Projects

My current team, consisting of 7 students ranging from first through 4th year doctoral students. With Dr. Leah Arndt, we have one major project that uses hypnosis to reduce smoking with American Indians. Another interest of the research team is hypnosis to reduce weight and to help in the treatment of type II diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the prevalence of type II diabetes has increased, and when adults with type II diabetes do not control their illnesses, cardiovascular disease tend to shorten their lives. The literature suggests that combining hypnosis with the standard educational management of type II diabetes may be helpful. A third interest of the research team is the use of hypnosis to improve academic self-concept. The literature suggests that academic performance is positively correlated with academic self-concept. The qualitative literature suggests that hypnosis is effective with increasing ego-strength; therefore, my research team would like to conduct randomized trials to evaluate the effects of hypnosis on academic self-concept and related constructs. Finally, the research team is interested in adapting hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral strategies to African American and Latinos.

Professional Service (Editorial Boards, Offices)

Editorial Consultant - The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis. Executive Associate Editor - Multicultural Learning and Teaching. Editorial Boards - Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Counseling and Development, The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and Journal of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I served as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the following journals - Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning.


Past-President-Division 30, The Society of Psychological Hypnosis, American Psychological Association. School of Education Faculty Research Award, 2005. Best Applied Paper. Division 30 of the American Psychological Association, 2005. Distinguished Alumnus, University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, 2004.

Selected Publication


Ling-Lun C., & Sapp, M. (2012). Classical test theory and item response theory for Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility with African American college students. Sleep and Hypnosis.

Sapp, M. (2012). Reliability, validity, effect sizes, and confidence intervals in multicultural teaching and learning research and scholarship. Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 7(2), 1-19, Article 8.

Sapp, M. (2010). School counseling for African American adolescents: The Alfred Adler approach. Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 5(2), 60-72.

Contact Information

Marty Sapp
Department of Educational Psychology
PO Box 413
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Office: Enderis Hall 793

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