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SPA 75th Anniversary Interviews

In honor of SPA's 75th anniversary, the website committee coordinated interviews of 25 SPA members, the past 10 living SPA presidents, and the previous, current, and upcoming Journal of Personality Assessment (JPA) editor. The 25 members were chosen to illustrate the diverse nature of the SPA membership for two purposes (a) to illustrate the nature of the membership for potential SPA members and (b) to provide students examples of the types of careers that are possible in assessment. Therefore, we chose representative members both from the U.S. and other countries who work in a variety of areas and settings (e.g., forensic, neuropsychological, health, in government, private practice, academic, and hospital settings). We hope you enjoy reading their interviews as much as we did!


The Website Committee

Joni Mihura, Chair

Cato Gronnerod

Nicolae Dumitrascu

Andrea Kiss


Judith Armstrong, PhD

Judith Armstrong, PhD

Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1968


Current Positions

Psychological Consultant (Trauma Assessment, Therapeutic Assessment, Forensic Assessment, Trauma Research)

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California



Anita L. Boss, PsyD, ABPP

Anita L. Boss, PsyD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, 1993


Current Positions

Independent Practice in Clinical and Forensic Psychology; Alexandria, VA



Alessandro Crisi

Alessandro Crisi

Psychology, University of Rome, 1976


Current Positions

Founder and President of Istituto Italiano Wartegg,Dynamic Psychotherapist, Technical consultant at the Roma Civil Court

Professor of Clinical Assessment at: II Specialization School in Clinical Psychology at the Roma University "La Sapienza", School in Psychotherapy Training - Dynamic orientation (SFPID) in Roma



Corine de Ruiter, PhD

Corine de Ruiter, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1989


Current Positions

Professor of Forensic Psychology, Maastricht University,

The Netherlands Private Forensic Psychology Practice



Nicolae Dumitrascu, PhD

Nicolae Dumitrascu, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Toledo, 2011


Current Positions

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuropsychology Focus)



Chris M. Front, PsyD

Chris M. Front, PsyD

Clinical Psychology, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, 1998


Current Positions

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Office of Aerospace Medicine

Federal Aviation Administration


Ronald J. Ganellen, PhD, ABPP

Ronald J. Ganellen, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,1983


Current Positions

Private Practice Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral

Sciences Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine



Ellen Hartmann, PhD

Ellen Hartmann, PhD

Psychology (professional), University of Oslo, 1970


Current Positions

Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Oslo

Academic Positions at the University of Bergen and the University of Troms



Giselle Aguilar Hass, PsyD

Giselle Aguilar Hass, PsyD

Clinical Psychology, Nova University (now Nova Southeasternn University), 1992 Clinical Psychology, University of Costa Rica, 1980


Current Positions

Psychologist in Private Practice



James Hoelzle, PhD

James Hoelzle, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Toledo, 2008


Current Positions

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Marquette University



Christopher J Hopwood, PhD

Christopher J Hopwood, PhD

Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2008


Current Positions

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University



Odile Husain, PhD

Odile Husain, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 1992


Current Positions

Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Founding Member, Institute of Projective Psychology

Lecturer, University du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres



Nancy Kaser-Boyd, PhD, ABAP

Nancy Kaser-Boyd, PhD, ABAP

Clinical Psychology, University of Montana, 1980 Postdoctoral Training, University of Southern California Institute of Psychiatry and Law Fellow


Current Positions

Associate Clinical Professor, Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA. Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court Panels (Criminal, Delinquency, Dependency)

Private Practice of Clinical and Forensic Psychology



Jim Kleiger, PsyD, ABPP

Jim Kleiger, PsyD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, University of Denver School of Professional Psychology, 1980


Current Positions

President, James Kleiger, PC. Private Practice of Clinical Psychology



John Kurtz, PhD

John Kurtz, PhD

Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1994


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, Villanova University



James Loving, PsyD

James Loving, PsyD

Clinical Psychology, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University, 1998


Current Positions

Clinical and forensic psychologist, owner of Loving Psychological Services in Philadelphia, PA

Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University



J. Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP

J. Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, U.S. International University (now Alliant International University), 1981


Current Positions

Forensic Psychologist at my own professional corporation



Piero Porcelli, PhD

Piero Porcelli, PhD

University of Rome, Italy, 1986


Current Positions

Clinical psychologist at the IRCCS De Bellis Hospital in Castellana Grotte, Italy

Adjunct professor at the PhD program of Clinical Psychology at the University of Rome-Sapienza for psychosomatic medicine



John H. Porcerelli, PhD, ABPP

John H. Porcerelli, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, 1990

Current Positions

Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Family Medicine Residency

Program Director, Primary Care Health Psychology Practicum, WSU/Critenton Family Medicine Clinic, Private Practice, Birmingham, MI



Thomas Rosen

Thomas Rosen

Master of Science Clinical Psychology, University of Gothenburg, 2000 Graduate diploma in Psychotherapy, University of Uppsala, 2007


Current Positions

CEO and owner at Mindmeasure AB Chairman of Swedish Rorschach society



Alissa Sherry, PhD

Alissa Sherry, PhD

Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2001


Current Positions

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Private Practice in Forensic Psychology



Steve Smith, PhD

Steve Smith, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2001


Current Positions

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Counseling,

Clinical, and School Psychology; University of California, Santa Barbara Private Practice, Santa Barbara, CA



Michael Stanfill, PhD

Michael Stanfill, PhD

Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology, 2011


Current Positions

Psychiatric Services Manager Department of Public Health, Jail Health Services

Seattle, WA Private practice focusing on personality and forensic assessment



Deborah J Tharinger, PhD

Deborah J Tharinger, PhD

School Psychology/Developmental Psychology/Educational Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1981


Current Positions

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Independent Practitioner of Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy



Ed Wise, PhD

Ed Wise, PhD

Clinical-Community Psychology, University of Wyoming, 1980


Current Positions

President, Mental Health Resources Health Service Provider, Psychology, TN



SPA President's Interviews


Radhika Krishnamurthy, PsyD, ABAP

Radhika Krishnamurthy, PsyD, ABAP

Clinical Psychology, Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology, 1994


President from: 2011 - 2013


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology



Robert E. Erard, PhD

Robert E. Erard, PhD

Clinical Psychology, Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1983


President from: 2009 - 2011


Current Positions

Clinical and forensic psychologist Clinical Director of Psychological Institutes of Michigan, P.C.



Virginia Brabender, PhD, ABPP

Virginia Brabender, PhD, ABPP

Theoretical Psychology, Fordham University, 1976


President from: 2007 - 2009


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, Widener University SPA's Liaison to the Board of Educational Affairs of APA



Irving B. Weiner, PhD, ABPP, ABAP

Irving B. Weiner, PhD, ABPP, ABAP

Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1959


President from: 2005 - 2007


Current Positions

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of South Florida



Leonard (Len) Handler, PhD, ABAP

Leonard (Len) Handler, PhD, ABAP

Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, 1964


President from: 2003 - 2005


Current Positions

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee



Stephen E. Finn, PhD

Stephen E. Finn, PhD

Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1984


President from: 2001 - 2003


Current Positions

Member, Center for Therapeutic Assessment Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Director of Training, European Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Catholic University of Milan, Italy



Sandra Russ, PhD

Sandra Russ, PhD

Clinical Child Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1970


President from: 1999 - 2001


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University



Bruce L. Smith, PhD, ABAP

Bruce L. Smith, PhD, ABAP

Clinical Psychology, Harvard University, 1973


President from: 1997 - 1999


Current Positions

Private Practice, Berkeley, CA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Univ. of California Berkeley Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China



Barry Ritzler, PhD, ABPP

Barry Ritzler, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 1969


President from: 1995 - 1997


Current Positions

Professor Emeritus, Long Island University, Department of Psychology



Mary S. Cerney, PhD, ABPP

Mary S. Cerney, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America


President from: 1993 - 1995


Current Positions

Deceased (1929-1996)



Paul M. Lerner, EdD

Paul M. Lerner, EdD

Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois, 1964


President from: 1991 - 1993


Current Positions

Deceased (1929-1996)



Philip Erdberg, PhD, ABPP

Philip Erdberg, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama, 1969


President from: 1989 - 1991


Current Positions

R-PAS Development Team, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco - Independent consulting practice



SPA Editors


Steven Huprich, PhD

Steven Huprich, PhD

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Clinical Psychology, 1999


Editor beginning July 2013


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Part-Time, Private Practice, Associate Editor - Journal of Personality Disorders



Gregory J Meyer, PhD

Gregory J Meyer, PhD

Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, 1990


Editor 2002 - 2013


Current Positions

Professor of Psychology, University of Toledo



Bill N. Kinder, Ph.D

Clinical Psychology, University of South Carolina, 1975


Editor 1993 - 2002


Current Positions

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida



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