Robert Illback, PsyD

President, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Evaluation Researcher


Robert Illback is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Evaluation Researcher at REACH of Louisville. From 1982 through 1998, he was Professor of Psychology in the clinical psychology training program at Spalding University.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology (AAAPP), Dr. Illback has published extensively in areas of child psychology and education. He has co-edited three books, including Integrated Services for Children and Families: Opportunities for Psychological Practice (APA Books, 1997). Emerging School-Based Approaches for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Research and Practice in Service Integration, (Haworth Press, 1996), and Organizational Psychology in the Schools: A Handbook for Professionals (Charles C. Thomas, 1984).

Dr. Illback served as principal investigator  for a number of large-scale systems of care initiatives, including Kentucky’s Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, Kentucky IMPACT, Health Access: Nurturing Development Services (HANDS), and Kentucky’s substance abuse prevention programs. He also formulated and directed evaluation research efforts for the Jigsaw youth mental health service in the Republic of Ireland, which he helped design and implement.

Dr. Illback has been active in professional association work at the local and national level, and completed nine years of service as a member of the State Board of Examiners in Psychology, including two terms as Chair. In 1990, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Donald R. Peterson Prize in recognition of career contributions in professional psychology.