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Miami psychology professor receives national achievement award

08/13/2012

Larry Leitner
Larry Leitner, professor of psychology at Miami University, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN).

The award is the organization’s highest honor, given for longtime contributions to scholarship, research and mentoring. He received the award during the biennial conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network held July 18-21. CPN is affiliated with the Constructivist Psychology Interest Group of the American Psychological Association’s Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology).

Leitner joined Miami in 1979 specializing in clinical psychology. He currently supervises Miami’s Psychology Training Clinic for doctoral students. Students conduct psychotherapy and psychological assessments under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists.

Leitner said teaching at Miami provides him with intellectual excitement and the ability to work with bright and industrious students exploring new ideas. He also enjoys teaching undergraduate students who have not been exposed to different approaches to psychology.

“I like to shake them up,“ he said of his undergraduate students. “I teach a course in psychology and pathology to undergraduates and I challenge them to consider the possibility that everything they learned so far is subject to alternative construction.”

Former student Donald Domenici said, "Larry was an ideal choice for the lifetime achievement award, given his countless contributions to the Constructivist Psychology Network and the field of psychology as a whole. In addition to being a masterful therapist, a dynamic teacher, and one of the foremost scholars of constructivist psychology, perhaps above all else, Larry has exemplified what it means to be a mentor. I am forever grateful for his guidance, which helped shape my identity as a therapist and helped me grow as a person. Based on my conversations with a number of Larry's other current and former students, I have no doubt that he has had a similar impact on many others."

Leitner’s current research examines constructive psychology and the integral universe theory — that everything is connected — and its implications to psychology and psychotherapy.

He authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and a book, Assessing experience in psychotherapy (1993). He served as editor of The Humanistic Psychologist from 2003-2006, as well as a number of editorial boards and organizations. In 2009, the American Psychological Association recognized him for his outstanding pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology with the Rollo May Award.

Leitner received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska.

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