Steven Smith of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been elected as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA). Smith’s term will begin on September 1, 2009.
The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) was founded in Essex County, New Jersey by Bruno Klopfer and a group of his students. The Society is a collegial organization dedicated to the advancement of professional personality assessment, to the development of procedures and concepts for personality assessment and to the ethical and responsible use of these techniques. Initially incorporated as the Rorschach Institute, Inc. in 1938, the Society was renamed in 1971 to reflect the Society’s interest in the entire spectrum of issues present in contemporary personality assessment and to focus the Society as a special interest group, concerned with promoting exchange of ideas and information about personality assessment in research and in practice.
Dr. Steven R. Smith joined the faculty of the Gevirtz School as a member of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology in July 2004. He directs the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical research center that provides neuropsychological and personality assessment services to area children and adults. The Center serves as a research and clinical base from which to explore the psychometric correlates of various clinical disorders, both neurocognitive and psychological. Smith earned his B.A. from Beloit College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Following his post-doc, he stayed at MGH for two years, serving as Director of Consultation Neuropsychology and as a staff psychologist in the department of Child Psychiatry.
[Steven Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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