Steve Ball was awarded the PhD degree in psychology in 1971 by Texas Tech University, and he was licensed as a psychologist early in 1973. He went to work in 1970 for East Texas State University, which is now Texas A&M University – Commerce.Steve’s career as a psychologist has been shaped by many influences, including a desire to blend original research with his passion for clinical work. In his research, his interests lie in normal and pathological development, developmental cognition, “theory of mind” research, psychological assessment, and applied intervention. Most of his current research focuses on the development of the ability in children to represent what others’ thoughts and feelings are, a key factor in their growing up to be caring and empathic. He is also interested in different ways adults use (and abuse) these abilities, as reflected in his most recent co-authored publication. “Strategies for Theory of Mind Deployment in Adults: Theory vs Simulation Is Not Either/Or,” published in the Irish Journal of Psychology in 2013 (Linda Hawkins Ball was the senior author). More simply put, Steve wants to learn about how people, and children in particular, come to think and feel, how they are able to understand and be empathic with others’ private thoughts and feelings, and how these things can go wrong. At Hawkins and Ball, Steve typically provides psychological assessments for both adults and children, and psychotherapy for adults. He consults in Texas public schools, largely in the assessment of children with suspected emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, or autism spectrum disorders.Steve also knows psychological research fairly well, and he can provide design and statistical consultation for most projects

Linda Hawkins Ball received her EdD degree in 1984 from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Commerce). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, and a Board-Approved Supervisor in Texas. She has extensive experience in a variety of mental health settings, from inpatient acute psychiatric care to residential care, working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing psychiatric and addiction concerns. She currently serves as board member at large for the Texas Counseling Association. Her interests include outcome clinical research and its relationship to supervision of developing counseling professionals, as well as the relationship among ethical conduct, moral development, and spirituality. In her practice, Linda works with people of all ages, including young children, and in all combinations: individuals, couples, families, and groups.