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Dr. James P. Flanders, Ph.D., earned doctorates in both Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology, served 16 years as tenured professor in state universities, has privately practiced clinical psychology since 1982, practices in the Parkview Regional Medical Center, is a veteran and small town boy.  His studies of psychology; The Garden City Movement in Britain; neighborhood, village, and town planning; behavioral architecture; small towns and vernacular architecture; neotraditional and New Urbanism design; and Americana have produced the Hometown design.




Date of birth:                November 12, 1942

Place of birth                Cornwall, New York

Address                       (800 Belmont Street) P. O. Box 820666, Vicksburg, MS 39180-0666

Daytime phone (601) 636-3113; fax (601) 636-3113 (call first); after hours (601) 634-8790


Citizenship                    United States

Family                          Wife Juanita (m.  1969), son Carl (b.  1969), daughter Leah (b.  1972)




B.S. psychology at University of Illinois,  Urbana; major psychology, minor mathematics; 1964

M.A. psychology at Vanderbilt University; major in social psychology; 1966

Ph.D. psychology at Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN, major social psychology; 1968

Doctoral training program clinical psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, APA-approved program; advisor Dr. Theodore Millon, 1977-1981

Clinical psychology internship, Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA), Miami, FL, APA-approved internship; 1979-1981




State of Mississippi License No.  29-411, Psychology in the Clinical Area

State of Wisconsin Psychologist License No. 957

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology No. 33079

Certified provider for numerous third party payors, Medicare, Magellan , Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UBH, & many others

Certified provider for General Psychological Services, subsidiary of the National Register




* =  Postdoctoral full-time primary jobs

*1968-1970:  Captain in U.S. Army, Departmental of Experimental Psychophysiology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

*1970-1972:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

*1972-1973:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL

*1973-1985:  Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University (FIU)

*1985-1990:  Private practice of clinical psychology, Eagle River, WI

1985-1987:  Consulting Psychologist, Chemical Dependency Treatment Unit, Sacred Heart Hospital, Tomahawk, WI

1985-1990:  Unit Psychologist, Human Support Psychiatric Unit, St. Mary's Hospital, Rhinelander, WI

1985-1990:  Director and owner:  Eagle River Psychology Associates, State-certified Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic, Eagle River, WI

*1990-1996:  Clinical Psychologist, Vicksburg (Medical) Clinic, Vicksburg, MS

*1996-present:  Private practice of clinical psychology, Vicksburg, MS

1993-2000:  Vet Center, an affiliate of the VA, treat Vietnam Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); only private contractor in the State

1989-present:  Director, Dr. Flanders Hometown, design and build livable residential neighborhoods in village style to better meet human needs




Flanders, J.P.  &  Thistlethwaite, D.L.  (1967).  Effects of familiarization and group discussion on risk taking.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 5, 91-97.  Also reprinted in P.B.  Smith (Ed.).  (1970).  (pp. 367-379)  Group processes.  Harmondsworth, Middlessex, England:  Penguin Books.

Flanders, J.P.  (1968).  A review of research on imitative behavior.  Psychological Bulletin, 69, 316-337.  Also reprinted as report P-632 in the Bobbs-Merrill Reprint series in social sciences.

Flanders, J.P.  &  Thistlethwaite, D.L.  (1968).  Effects of vicarious reinforcement, verbalization, and task difficulty upon imitation.  Proceedings of the 76th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 395-396.

Flanders, J.P.  &  Thistlethwaite, D.L.  (1970).  Effects of informative and justificatory variables upon imitation.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 6, 316-328.

Flanders, J.  P.  (1971).  Informal innovations in teaching:  A précis.  New Directions in Teaching, 3, 3-7.

Flanders, J.P.  (1972).  Application of the baseline methodology in psychology.  Representative Research in Social Psychology, 3, 47-59.

Mendels, G.  & Flanders, J.P.  ((1973).  Teachers' expectations and pupil performance.  American Educational Research Journal, 10 (Summer), 203-212.

Flanders, J.P.  (1976).  Practical psychology. New York, NY:  Harper and Row.  This book took several years to create and has numerous unique features.  Upon request I will supply more details such as review in Contemporary Psychology.

Flanders, J.P.  (1976).  Instructor's learning aids to accompany practical psychology.   New York, NY:  Harper & Row.  This was also a book, in fact the second instructor’s manual (Biehler was first) in any discipline (not just psychology) to contain more than just test questions, but also a full range of instructor’s aids.

Flanders, J.P.  (1982).  A general systems approach to loneliness.  In L. A. Peplau and D. Perlman ( Eds.).  (pp.166-179).  Loneliness:  A sourcebook of current theory, research, and therapy. New York, NY:  Wiley-Interscience.

Flanders, J.  (1985a).  Televiewing process effects I:  The behavioral sponge theoretical viewpoint.  Unpublished manuscript.  The main effect of television is watching it--still true but a minority opinion.  Will be sent on request.




Flanders, J. P., & Sayner, R.  (1995, September)  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  4th annual update/discussion session.  Presentation at the meeting of the Mississippi Psychological Association, Biloxi, MS.

Evans, P., & Flanders, J. P.  (1995, September)  Trauma resolution in the context of marital therapy.  Presentation at the meeting of the Mississippi Psychological Association, Biloxi, MS.

Flanders, J. P., & Sayner, R.  (1996 & 1997, September)  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  5th (& 6th) annual update/discussion session.  Presentation Mississippi Psychological Association, Biloxi, MS.

Flanders, J. P., & Hawks, J.  (1998, 1999, & 2000 September)  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  7th  8th, & 9th annual update/discussion session.  Presentation the meeting of the Mississippi Psychological Association, Biloxi, MS.

Flanders, J. P., Brunsell, P, & Grabowski-Miller, J.  (2003, April)    Psychology applied to design healthy neighborhoods:  New Urbanism, Middleton Hills in Madison, Dr. Flanders Hometown.  Presentation at the meeting of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, Madison, WI

 Flanders, J. P., & Gann, J. L.  (2003, September)  New Urbanism:  Making it work for real people.  Presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Planning Association, Pittsburgh, PA.



Clinical Psychology

Dr. Flanders Hometown, Director

Livable village style residential neighborhood design

Unique design to fill human needs

Materials available upon request




Completed Hometown prototype design for a unique neighborhood arrangement engineered to directly satisfy basic human needs.

Hometown design comprises a unique and specific neighborhood arrangement as validated by the highest authority in the United States—the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent No. 6688052 to Dr. Flanders for Hometown design on February 10, 2004.

Amassed possibly the world’s most complete private library on neighborhood design

Incorporated the neighborhood design from fields of psychology, town planning, sociology, behavioral architecture

Thinks in systems terms--wrote the General Living Systems chapter in the first ever scholarly book on loneliness, the pioneering work of Peplau and Perlman (1982) referenced above.

Traveled extensively in US and Britain interviewing experts on planning and the Garden City Movement, a British outgrowth of the Arts and Crafts Movement, that led to (a) the modern field of urban planning and (b) the New Urbanism or Neotraditional planning movement spearheaded by Duany and Plater-Zyberk with Seaside and now about 200 later projects in progress.

Become friends with and conducted historical interviews with Walter Creese, world’s greatest living expert of the Garden City Movement.  Most recent interview early 1999 in Cambridge, MA.

Has refined a Hometown Design which includes

Ø      Physical design of site layout

Ø      Financial design spreadsheet estimating costs

Ø      Social design enumerating the social living possibilities that become available when one lives in a village style neighborhood.

Ø      The refined essence of highly adaptable village design as evolved throughout the ages.

Ø      Style adaptable to small Town USA, Southern France Seacoast and Village, English Cotswolds, etc.

Ø      Buildings adapted to the purpose.  Villages have historically incorporated a wide range of sizes from lord to peasant, purposes from home to shop, usually in mixed use and sized to human scale.

Surveyed REALTORS® in Vicksburg, MS; Jackson, MS; Houston, TX; and Madison, WI to obtain objective ratings of neighborhood design preferences and other judgments.  Each REALTOR® is estimated to represent 500 homebuyers and know their hearts and minds better than any other profession.  Results showed REALTORS® (a) preferred Hometown as their number one top choice 71% across all four cities and (b) estimated Hometown design adds 11% over Small Town/village/New Urbanism design and thus 22% over the prevailing sprawl design although Hometown costs about the same.

Is currently pursuing construction a Hometown design neighborhood with builders, planners, and REALTORS®.




Best characterized as

Social psychologist

Clinical psychologist

Family man

Small town boy

Gets along with everyone

Makes a good living treating the most emotionally wrenching experiences people can have

Clientele has always included the complete range of social, cultural, and economic persons and personalities

Got his clinical psychology degree in Miami at the hated rival private university across town from the State university where he was employed, but bridging such differences is a way of life for Dr. Flanders.

Has a special interest in

Treating trauma of all types

Practicing Positive Psychology


Dr. Flanders has historically participated in the cutting edge of innovation.

At the State university 1972-1985 he helped build the psychology department of a new university from the day it opened with the largest entering class ever.  His role was often to write down a rough draft of a new concept, program, or policy, which a committee would then refine into something excellent.

Spent most free time on refining Hometown design since 1990

Absolutely loves doing Hometown




Patent No. 6688052
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