The Office of the Provost announced Dr. Jeffrey Kahn has been named a Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University.  

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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

Kahn is a professor of psychology. Since joining Illinois State University in 1997, he has risen through the ranks becoming a full professor in 2007. He is a past recipient of the University’s University Research Initiative Award, Outstanding College Researcher Award, and the Outstanding University Research Award. 

A prolific researcher, Kahn has published 68 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his papers are frequently cited in his field. He has given 85 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. His research has been recognized with awards from professional organizations such as the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has served on the editorial boards of the prestigious Journal of Counseling Psychology and The Counseling Psychologist.    

Kahn developed and published the self-report Distress Disclosure Index (DDI) in 2001.  It has since become a standard form of assessment used by researchers and practitioners, and this work has been abstracted in Clinician’s Research Digest. The DDI has been translated into five different languages. His second research theme is based on the training and application of quantitative methods with the goal of helping the field of psychology produce higher-quality research. His articles in this area have been widely cited and published as well. He has been invited to contribute to the Oxford Handbook of Training and Education in Professional Psychology and to write statistical tutorials for The Counseling Psychologist and Journal of Clinical Psychology.   

Strongly valuing teaching, Kahn has taught 14 different courses at Illinois State University at all levels—from freshman to doctoral. He has served on more than 15 defended dissertation committees and 65 defended thesis committees (chairing 29). He has supervised 80 undergraduate student research projects, seven of which were Honors Program projects, with many of these collaborations resulting in co-authored presentations and papers. He has earned many teaching awards including the Illinois State University Psi Chi Honor Society and Student Psychology Association Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2020. He received the University College Impact Award in 2011.   

Kahn received an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. He received master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University.