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Personal Statement

I trained in the US as a Clinical Psychologist and am licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Ohio.  I have expertise in Person-Centred-Experiential psychotherapy and counselling in general and specifically in Emotion-Focused Therapy, of which I am one of the originators.  I am a psychotherapy research methodologist with experience in a wide variety of research methods.  I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 1978. I taught at the University of Toledo 1978-2006, where I am now Professor Emeritus of Psychology. I have also held visiting faculty positions as Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), York University (Canada), University of Sheffield (UK), and La Trobe University (Australia). I served as President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (2000-2001) and as co-editor of the journal Psychotherapy Research (1994-1998). I co-authored Facilitating emotional change (1993, with Leslie Greenberg and Laura Rice), Learning process-experiential psychotherapy (2004, with Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, and Leslie Greenberg), Research methods in clinical psychology (3rd ed., with Chris Barker & Nancy Pistrang), Emotion-Focused Counselling in Action (2021, with Leslie Greenberg), and Elements of Descriptive-Interpretive Qualitative Research (2021, with Ladislav Timulak), as well as more than 170 journal articles or book chapters. I am a Fellow in the Divisions of Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 2008 I received the Carl Rogers Award for Contributions to Humanistic Psychology form the American Psychological Association, as well as the Distinguished Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. I also served as co-editor of the journal, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (2001 – 2005).

Expertise & Capabilities

• Person-Centred-Experiential psychotherapy and counselling

• Emotion-Focused Therapy

• Research methods in applied psychology

• Psychotherapy research, including process and outcome research

• Single case research

• Measure development

• Meta-analysis and qualitative meta-synthesis

Research Interests

In general, my main research focus is on how clients change in humanistic-experiential psychotherapies, especially Person-Centred and Emotion-Focused therapies for social anxiety.  By necessity, this encompasses studying the outcome of these therapies, as well as clients' experiences of what they found helpful or unhelpful.  I believe that a range of research methods are appropriate for studying change processes, including quantitative and qualitative, group designs and single case studies, measure development research, meta-analyses and meta-syntheses, and even, where appropriate, randomised clinical trials.

More specifically, my current research focuses on the process and outcome of Emotion-Focused Therapy with Social Anxiety.  I am also involved the following:

• Measure development research to support research on humanistic-experiential psychotherapies (eg, individualised outcome assessment; assessment of person-centred-experiential therapist competence)

• Meta-analytic research on the effectiveness of humanistic-experiential psychotherapies across a variety of client populations (eg, depression, anxiety, psychosis)

Teaching Interests

• Counselling and psychotherapy research methods (PG Diploma and MSc levels)

• Person-centred/experiential counselling and psychotherapy

• Emotion-Focused Therapy

Industrial Relevance

• Mental health assessment and intervention

Academic / Professional qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, 1st, University of California, Santa Cruz (1972)
 
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (1978)
 
Licensed Psychologist, State of Ohio, LPsych (Ohio) (1979 - present)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of California

Award Date: 1 Jan 1978

Bachelor of Arts, University of California

Award Date: 1 Jan 1968

Keywords

  • Humanistic-Experiential Psychotherapy
  • Research methodology
  • Psychotherapy Research

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