Faculty Spotlight #9
Robert L. Russell, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Training of the Ph.D. program.
Dr. Russell received M.A. degrees in psychology (Duquesne University) and linguistics (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) before receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University. He completed his internship at Judge Baker Guidance Center with an appointment at Harvard University. Prior to assuming the DCT at PAU, Dr. Russell held appointments as Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he was also the Director of Research within the Child Development Center. He has also held appointments at the University of Kentucky, New School for Social Research, and Loyola University Chicago. His main emphases in research include developmental psychopathology, child and adolescent communication disorders, processes of change in psychosocial treatments, and narrative psychology. He is particularly interested in how social communication competence affects adjustment across childhood/adolescence and how language processes in psychotherapy can lead to positive clinical outcomes.
In terms of clinical practice, Dr. Russell has held a small private practice for over 20 years focusing on children/adolescents with learning and psychiatric disorders. He has also focused on children/adolescents in the arts (theater, film, plastic arts) with adjustment difficulties.
A recipient of awards for research, teaching, and community service, Dr. Russell exemplifies the practitioner-scientist model that orients PGSP’s Ph.D. program.