Paul Meehl

American Psychology Professor

Autobiography, 1989 (including initial dictation)

 

Curriculum Vitae:

 

Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 3, 1920

Died, Minneapolis, February 14, 2003

Education: Minneapolis Public Schools

  • B.A. summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1941
    • Major: Psychology; Minor: Biometry
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1945
    • Major: Clinical Psychology; Minor: Neuropsychiatry

Post-Doctoral Education:

  • Attended course in Electroencephalography, Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1946
  • Rorschach Workshop (Beck) 1947
  • Rorschach Workshop (Klopfer) 1947
  • Graphology Workshop (Wolff) 1947
  • Attended classes in mathematics and logic, University of Minnesota 1945-52
  • Attended classes in Law School, University of Minnesota, 1964-66

Personal Psychotherapy:

  • Psychoanalytic therapy (H. S. Lippman, M.D.) 1949-1951
  • Psychoanalysis (B. C. Glueck, M.D.) 1955-1958

Psychoanalytic Supervision:

  • Psychoanalytic controls, two cases (B. C. Glueck, M.D.) 1958-1960
  • Continuous case seminar (B. C. Glueck, M.D.) 1958-1960

Positions Held: University of Minnesota

  • 1944-1945 Instructor, Departments of Psychology and Neuropsychiatry
  • 1945-1948 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 1948-1952 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 1952-1990 Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry
  • 1951-1957 Chairman, Department of Psychology
  • 1953-1955 Staff Member (half-time) Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
  • 1967-1980 Adjunct Professor of Law
  • 1968-1990 Regents' Professor of Psychology
  • 1969-1992 Member, Center for Philosophy of Science
  • 1971-1990 Professor of Philosophy
  • 1990-1992 Hathaway-Meehl Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • 1990-2003 Regents' Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of Minnesota
  • 1990-2003 Member Emeritus, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota

Other Positions Held:

  • 1947-1949 Acting Chief Clinical Psychologist, V.A. Hospital, Minneapolis
  • 1949-1959 Consultant (Clinical Psychology) V.A. Hospital and Mental Hygiene Clinic, Fort Snelling, Minnesota

Professional Societies:

  • American Psychological Association (President, 1962)
  • American Psychological Society
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • Society for Research in Psychopathology
  • National Association of Scholars

Honorary Societies and Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Psi Chi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributor Award, American Psychological Association, 1958
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1965)
  • Distinguished Contributor Award, Clinical Division, American Psychological Association, 1967
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Division of Experimental Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1976
  • Bruno Klopfer Distinguished Contribution Award, Society for Personality Assessment, 1979
  • Sc.D. (Adelphi, 1984)
  • National Academy of Sciences (1987)
  • Award for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Contributions to the Profession, American Board of Professional Psychology, 1989
  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology, American Psychological Foundation, 1989
  • William James Fellow of the American Psychological Society (1989)
  • Joseph P. Zubin Award for Distinguished Contributions in Psychopathology (1993)
  • Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge, American Psychological Association, 1993
  • Educational Testing Service Award for Distinguished Service to Measurement, 1994
  • Centennial Award, Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1996
  • Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1996
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Basic and Applied Research in Psychology, American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, 1997
  • Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, APA Division 5, 1997
  • James McKeen Cattell Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1998
  • Doctor of Science, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • Marguerite R. Hertz Award, Society for Personality Assessment, 2004 (posthumous)

Listed In:

  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Directory of American Philosophers
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering

Professional Practitioner Status:

  • Licensed Psychologist (State of Minnesota) [through 2002]
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical) [Member of Board, 1957-1962]

Professional Interests:

  • Taxometrics, behavior genetics, etiology of schizophrenia, theory of diagnosis, structured personality tests, clinical judgment, behavior ratings, actuarial prediction, psychotherapy

Allied Interests:

  • Philosophy of science, forensic psychology, political psychology, ethical theory

Courses Formerly Taught or Co-Taught:

  • General Psychology
  • Introductory Laboratory Psychology
  • Psychology for Medical Students
  • Psychology for M.D.s in Psychiatry Residency
  • Psychotherapy for M.D.s in Psychiatry Residency
  • Personality Theory
  • Systematic Psychology
  • Philosophical Problems of Psychology (Philosophy Department)
  • Psychotherapy for Ph.D. candidates in Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology (Psychodiagnosis)
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Law (Law School, Medical School)
  • Jurisprudence (Law School)
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Proseminar: Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Classification in Psychopathology
  • Taxometrics Seminar

Private Practice Psychotherapy: 1951-1993

Special Scholarly and Professional Activities:

  • Dartmouth Conference on Learning Theory (1950)
  • APA Committee on Test Standards (1950-1954)
  • Board of Directors, Institute of Mental Health, St. John's Abbey and University (1954-1969)
  • APA Special Committee on Certification and Licensure of Psychologists (1962) Chairman
  • Stillwater Conference on Training of Clinical Psychologists (1964)
  • APA Committee on Scientific and Professional Aims of Psychology (1963-1966)
  • Trustee, American Psychological Foundation (1962-1968)
  • Participant, Russell Sage Foundation Conference on Legal Aspects of School Counselor Role (1969)
  • Participant, Panel on Criminal Deterrence and Incapacitation, National Academy of Sciences (1975-1976)
  • Member, Task Force on "Assessment for the Year 2000," Division 12, APA (1993-1997)
  • Senior Advisor, APA Task Force on Statistical Inference (TFSI), 1996-1999
  • Consultant, NIMH, Subtyping RFA, May 1 - July 1, 1998
  • Consultant, NIDA (submitted), Emergent nosologies of substance abuse: Toward the DSM-V, J. W. Langenbucher, PI.
  • Advice to counsel and testimony as expert witness in civil and criminal legal cases (1965- )
Paul E. Meehl