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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2019-2021 Faculty and Administration Biographies Stanley B. Messer  

Stanley B. Messer

Ph.D., Harvard University

Stanley B. Messer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former dean (2001-2016) of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Prior to becoming dean, he was chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology (1992-2001). He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. Two of his most recent volumes areCaseStudies Within Psychotherapy Trials: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (2017) and Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice (4th ed., in press).

Dr. Messer has contributed to the literature on psychotherapy integration and eclecticism, examining its implications at the clinical, theoretical, and philosophical levels. He is an associate editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, editorial board member of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, an advisory editor of Psychotherapy Research, and consulting editor of Practice Innovations. He has been an associate editor of American Psychologist, a consulting editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, an editorial board member of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and of Psychotherapy. He is coauthor of the volume Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, coeditor of and contributor to the volumes Psychoanalytic Therapy and Behavior Therapy: Is Integration Possible?; Hermeneutics and Psychological Theory; History of Psychotherapy: A Century of Change; and Theories of Psychotherapy: Origins and Evolution.

Dr. Messer is featured in an American Psychological Association (APA) video, Brief Dynamic Therapy. He has lectured and given invited workshops in several international venues, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Norway, and Poland. As a licensed and practicing psychologist, Dr. Messer conducts psychotherapy and clinical assessments. He is an APA Fellow of the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and the Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy.

Dr. Messer was awarded an honorary doctorate by the California campuses of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017.

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