Local professor elected to APA Fellow status

Dr. Ronald Miller

Dr. Ronald Miller, professor of psychology at Saint Michael’s College (SMC), was named to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA), effective September 2012. Miller, a Shelburne resident, is also director of the SMC master’s program in clinical psychology, a program he helped found in 1983. He was elected to the Fellows position by the APA Fellows Committee on the recommendation of the APA Board of Directors and APA Council of Representatives. About 6 percent of the eligible APA membership holds the status of being an APA Fellow.

Miller teaches theories of psychotherapy and personality, individual psychotherapy, and philosophy of psychology. He is the editor of a major 650-page scholarly collection titled “The Restoration of Dialogue: Readings in the Philosophy of Clinical Psychology,” (APA, 1992), which includes several of his essays. He is also the author of “Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement” (APA, 2004), and other publications. One of his seminars for first-year undergraduate students focused on the writings of Franz Kafka.

In naming Miller a Fellow of the APA, Dr. Ian Rivers, chair of the APA Fellows Committee, wrote that “Fellow status is awarded in part on the basis of evaluated evidence of outstanding contribution in the field of psychology” and, he noted “this is special recognition by your peers.” He added, “The field of psychology is certainly enhanced by your diligent work and commitment, and the public is better served.”

Furthermore, election to Fellow status requires evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state, or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant Fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.

About the SMC clinical psychology program, Miller has said, “We have a strong applied/practice orientation, integrating the student’s academic experiences with the professional experiences in the field. We also are unique in offering the option of a case study for the culminating major paper.”

Miller, who has published widely, also maintains a private practice in clinical psychology. He and his wife Naomi Shapiro reside in Shelburne. They have two daughers, Ari and Maya.

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